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Merlin: Official Season Three Announcement from Syfy

MerlinA couple days ago, we reported that Syfy had decided to renew Merlin for a third season. The BBC ordered year three back in December and planning to begin airing it in September. Syfy is expected to air season three of Merlin early next year.

Here’s the official press release with some more details…

SYFY ACQUIRES THIRD SEASON OF POPULAR SERIES MERLIN FROM FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES
RETURNS TO SYFY IN EARLY 2011

New York, New York – August 12, 2010 – Syfy will rekindle the magic of Camelot, announcing today the acquisition from FremantleMedia Enterprises of the third season of the popular Merlin series, which will make its U.S. television premiere on Syfy in early 2011.

The second season of Merlin concluded on Syfy, Friday, July 2. It averaged a 1.3 HH rating, 1.72 million total viewers, 687,000 Adults 18-49 and 938,000 Adults 25-54 based on Live +7 DVR data.

Compared to the Friday 10PM time period in 2Q ‘09, Merlin was up +63% in HH rating, +81% in total viewers, +96% in Adults 18-49 and +95% in Adults 25-54.

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy, said: “The enchanting imagination of Merlin proved very popular with our audience and we’re delighted to bring the series back for a third season on Syfy.”

Commented Lisa Honig, SVP, Program Distribution FME North America: ”We are extremely excited about the next season of Merlin returning on Syfy, following the success we had with the second series. We look forward to growing the audience and feeding the appetite of the devotees who already love the program, the characters and the brand.”

Merlin creator and executive producer Johnny Capps said: “We are thrilled that Syfy will be broadcasting the third series of Merlin. The upcoming season will add an exciting new twist to Merlin’s ongoing struggle to protect Prince Arthur, as well as thrilling audiences with bigger and bolder action sequences, stunning CGI monsters, mysterious villains and comic fun for all the family.”

Merlin returns with a host of brand new guest stars joining the popular regular cast to enthrall audiences over the 13-week run. In this third season, there is a familiar blend of magic, monsters and mayhem, but when secrets are exposed and old friends choose new sides, it is clear that the kingdom of Camelot will never be the same again.

Warwick Davis (The Harry Potter Series, The Chronicles of Narnia) will play Grettir, Miriam Margoyles (The Harry Potter Series, Being Julia) will play Grunhilda, and Mark Williams (The Harry Potter Series, The Fast Show) is Goblin. Guest stars from the previous season such as Emilia Fox (The Pianist and Ballet Shoes) who plays Morgause, and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes and Che), who plays Launcelot, will also be returning for this series.

Colin Morgan returns as Merlin, who must fulfill his destiny of protecting the young Prince Arthur (Bradley James) and the kingdom of Camelot, a place where magic has been banned by the ruthless King Uther (Anthony Head). They rejoin Katie McGrath as the mesmerizing Morgana, the King’s ward who has a secret she dare not reveal, Angel Coulby as her loyal maid Gwen, and Richard Wilson as wise Court physician Gaius.

Legendary actor John Hurt returns to provide the Voice of the Great Dragon.

The show is produced and created by the award winning team at Shine TV. FME holds the exclusive distribution, home entertainment and licensing rights to Merlin (known as The Adventures of Merlin in the rest of the world outside the US and UK) and has sold the series to over 52 broadcasters in more than 180 countries including Network Ten in Australia, MICO in Japan and RTL in Germany.

This third season of Merlin will air in the UK on BBC One in September.

ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES & FREMANTLEMEDIA
FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment. It is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is a subsidiary of RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is 90% owned by Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world’s media markets. For further information, visit http://www.fremantlemedia.com

ABOUT SYFY
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 

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Stormy December 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

I absolutely loved this Merlin series… it has been so entertaining. It is a wonderful series for all ages to watch, and it can take you away from the hardships in your life, for the 45 minutes each episode is. I am thrilled to know that the 3rd season will be airing soon. I hope this show continues for many, many more seasons,. Its hard to find good entertainment without it being R rated, we need more entertainment like the Merlin series, and it just makes me laugh so much when Arthur and Merlin are bickering.

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gillian urquart November 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

The show is great and all the characters are great, except for the character of Guinevere, she is really terrible, she does not fit the part, nor can she act the part. I think the show is taken down a notch by her lack lustre character portrayal.

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sandy November 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I keep waiting for an actual date of the new season.

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paul October 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

When will Merlin start airing on Syfy?..or did it start…i keep looking, but havent seen it….hope it’s still on…paul

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Steve October 11, 2010 at 6:38 am

why can’t they bring Lone Star in on one of these stations. It was an excellent program & reminded me of Dallas.

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ronal October 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

muy buena

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Neava H September 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

This is a awesome show and one that I look forward to all the time. I am super excited to have Merlin back!! I love the story of King Arthur!! Lots of action, great storylines with great humor. I look forward to more years to come.

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Peggi Wolfe September 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

I’m thrilled stupid they are bringing Merlin back for Season 3! It’s a wonderful, magical show and I am looking forward very much to seeing the new Season. I hope it lasts for many more seasons, too.

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Bryanna September 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

Im 13 and I love the merlin series. ITS PRETTY AWESOME!!!!!I will die if it gets canelled!

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pat jones August 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I am so thrilled that Merlin will be on SYFY in 2011. It was by far my and all of my friends best series. We are not youngsters but older people buy love the show. So many of the young ones love it, also, but they do not take the time to write about it.
Thank you for bringing it back. pj

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Mary August 27, 2010 at 5:00 am

I love Merlin and so do my grandchildren…it has helped to close the generation gap. Please keep this one on the air….nothing like Camelot storylines…our world needs more of this magic!

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Sharon Dowse August 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Merlin is great. I just hope its not the next one to be gone. It reminds me of watching “The Wonderfull World of Walt Disney” with my children. Please, please keep it for many more seasons.

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Isaura August 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

All I can say is: yay!!
:)

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Curt August 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Rodz, it seems as if the powers to be from Fox have moved to SyFy. Used to be that SyFy picked up the shows that other networks doomed, now they are the ones that are giving the axe to the worthwhile shows as Fox has done many times. I’m guessing that Eureka is the next to go since it has gotten the kiss of death with the “Time line change” as went Enterprise. I wish these people would get with it and get rid of whom ever it is that is doing their polling, they are keeping some really crap shows and doing away with the good ones, as it seems to be the norm with all networks.

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Rodz August 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Wait, Merlin made it to season 3 but Legend of the Seeker got axed???? WTF, Syfy??

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