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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:


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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Oliver June 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I hope that bring season 5 to the US. I hate it when they pull you in and then cancel shows. This is a great show!


Carla June 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is one of the few shows I watch every week. Hoping to see season 5 soon.


C danz June 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

Please bring. Merlin back


aquarius June 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Please bring Merlin back to the states .I love this show


Deidad Enid Vega June 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

MERLIN SEASON 5..YES!! Fantastic show, Magical, Powerfull, Funny, I can’t wait..THANK YOU!!


Modupeoluwa Oguntuyi June 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

I love merlin so much it is the best of film I have ever watch and I am so glad that season5 will be out soon. More grace to your elbow Merlin.


The Ellis Family (Talianna, David R, David L And Robin) May 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

yes re-new it for season 5, i love that series, it’s so funny


Anonymous May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

It is a film that i had ever watched bcause it is a film with many stories.


Kathleen Buckley May 16, 2012 at 5:47 am

Love the show please air Season 5


Kathleen Buckley, RI May 16, 2012 at 5:46 am

Love the Merlin tv series more than any other tv or movie show I’ve ever seen. At 59 I’ve seen a lot.
Gorgeous show, best acting because of Colin Morgan, beautiful music, powerful story about friendship and loyalty.
SYFY channel did itself proud by airing it before. I’m praying it continues with Season 5.


Lisa Jensen May 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

Can’t wait to see the next season here in the U.S. It has lots more stories that can be told and is so delightful to watch. It’s funny, and has it’s own drama and suspense.


Doug May 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Fantastic news! Just what I was hoping for! It’s the best show on SYFY! My only wish is that they would order more episodes per season!!! I’m ready for season 5 NOW!!!!!


David May 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

Bring it back now….love it….can’t wait….SYFI this is a winner


Vanessa from CA April 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

This is one show that I can watch with my 10 year old son, and we both love it! Truth be told, I’d watch it even if he didn’t. I do hope that season 5 will air here on SYFY!


Angie Smith April 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

I am so glad to hear there is gonig to be a season 5. I can not express how much I love this show. I hope it has many more seasons in it’s future I will watch everyone. I have purchased seasons 1 thru 3 and can not wait for season 4. I watch them all over and over. Thank you for such a wonderful show.


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