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Merlin: BBC Orders Season Five; Will Syfy Renew It Too?

Merlin panel at Comic Con, season fiveThe fantasy series may have been cancelled by NBC after one season but Merlin continues to be a big success elsewhere. The BBC ordered a fourth season (series) late last year. It’s currently being filmed and will debut in the UK this fall. Last week, Syfy officially announced that season four of Merlin would air here in the States in early 2012.

Now, it’s been announced that Merlin has been renewed for a fifth season overseas. Production on this new round of 13 episodes will go into production in March 2012. We’ll likely have to wait until Syfy sees how well season four performs before licensing number five.

Here’s the official press release:

FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES MAGICAL FIFTH SEASON COMMISSION FOR MERLIN AT COMIC-CON SAN DIEGO

San Diego, CA – July 24, 2011 – It was today announced by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) that hit television show MERLIN, produced and created by Shine TV, has been commissioned for a fifth season by the BBC. The news was revealed during a special MERLIN panel at Comic-Con International panel on Sunday, July 24 that featured cast members Anthony Head, Bradley James, Katie McGrath and Colin Morgan, and executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

MERLIN airs on Syfy in the United States. Season four will premiere in early 2012.

MERLIN’s success and popularity continues to flourish across the globe, FME, who has invested in the fifth season of MERLIN alongside UK broadcaster BBC One, has now sold MERLIN to over 52 broadcasters in more than 183 countries including Syfy (USA), RTL (Germany), Disney (South America), Canal + (France) and Network 10 (Australia).
David Ellender, Global CEO, FME commented, “With MERLIN now in 183 countries and both a fourth and fifth season underway, it is a truly global brand. Consistent audience figures in each territory, a strong international fan base and a fantastic cast further cement its cross generational appeal. We are continuing to work with the best broadcasters, producers and licensing partners on this brand and look forward to its on-going success.”

Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, executive producers for Shine TV, said: “We are both delighted to have a fifth season commissioned and thrilled with the worldwide success of MERLIN. We have some fantastic ideas in mind for the next stage of the journey and relish the chance to take the program to the next level!”

The fourth season of the fantasy drama, which is currently being filmed in Pierrefonds, France and Cardiff, Wales, will begin airing in Autumn 2011 on BBC One in the UK, and in early 2012 on Syfy in the US. The third season, which was broadcast in winter 2010, pulled in the highest UK ratings for the drama so far, with a weekly average of over 6 million viewers and a total of 24.3% share of the audience.

Launched in 2008, MERLIN tells the story of young Merlin in Camelot as he comes to grips with his powers and destiny. The epic fourth season of MERLIN sees Camelot on the brink of a Golden Age as the familiar blend of magic, mystery and action adventure returns. With Morgana now a dangerous outcast, Merlin must use all his power to ensure that Arthur fulfils his destiny as the Once and Future King. No further details about plot or characters have been revealed yet for the fifth season.

MERLIN stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon. Seasons three and four have seen a host of high-profile guest-stars including: Emilia Fox, Tom Ellis, Miriam Margoyles, Warwick Davies, Nathaniel Parker and Pauline Collins.

FremantleMedia Enterprises holds the exclusive distribution rights (excluding UK), home entertainment and licensing rights to The Adventures of Merlin. FME has secured licensing rights to produce numerous multi-territory brand extensions including a publishing and figurines range, experiential events and consumer promotions.

MERLIN is made for BBC Cymru Wales by award-winning executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy from Shine Television, with Bethan Jones as executive producer for the BBC.

The new 13 episodes of Season 5 will start filming in Wales and Pierrefonds, France in March 2012.

What do you think? Glad to hear the Merlin has been renewed? Do you want Syfy to air it too?

 

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Susan McGuirk January 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Merlin may have ended in the UK on Christmas Eve 2012 but we are campaigning to get it back on our screens. Join us! Your voices need to be heard.

Twitter: @merlin2return
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amir November 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Damn Merlin series . Really is a fun series .

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Lester October 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

I hope syfy brings it back. My hole family watches and we look forward to the next series.

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Juanita October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

My 7 yr old son watches this movie in Ernest! He is ready to watch it and so am I. Please bring it on. Thanks

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Lisa October 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

Even if Merilin doesn’t come back to Scify I bought BBCA in my cable package where I won’t miss a single moment!!! Love the story even if it doesn’t stay straight against the original legend the actors and the interaction is stellar and it’s my favorite show!!!

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Lynne M. October 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

Please get Season 5 on SyFy….It is a very entertaining series and I am waiting ,not so patiently, for season 5!

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Dana Gay October 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

…oh..and the now King Arthur is a cutie!! Not hard on the eyes at all!!

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Dana Gay October 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

This is by far one of the best shows on tv!! Can’t wait for it to come back on!!

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Thea October 1, 2012 at 3:06 am

Searchin for season 5 on syfy!!

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Amanda September 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Awesome! Great show! Anxious for it to begin.

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Crystal September 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

LOVE the show! Can’t wait for the next season.

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