Merlin

2008, TV Show

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BBC America Renews Atlantis for Season 2

Sarah Parish, Alexander Siddig, Aiysha Hart

BBC America is staying in Atlantis!

The new fantasy series has been renewed for a second season, the network announced Wednesday.

Set in a world that weaves together ancient Greek myths and history, the drama follows Jason (Jack Donnelly), a young man from our world who somehow winds up in Atlantis. With the help of two new friends... read more

Fat Hercules? The Triangle Guy? A Guide to Demystifying Atlantis' Mix of Myth and History

Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy, Robert Emms

On Saturday at 9/8c, the producers of Merlin launch their new fantasy series Atlantis, which is set in a world that weaves together ancient Greek myths and history. What is this "lost" city, anyway? And why are historical figures chumming it up with mythological heroes? To help keep these facts and fictions straight, check out our guide to Atlantis: read more

Ask Matt: Orphan Black, Merlin, Borgias, Nashville vs. Smash

Jordan Gavaris and Tatiana Maslany

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: After finishing Saturday's season finale of Orphan Black, many thoughts come to mind, but the most obvious is that if Tatiana Maslany doesn't walk away with the Emmy for best actress — or is it five nominations in the best supporting actress category? — then the people who vote just aren't watching TV. Every character she plays has such varied distinction from hair, voice, even walks, and other minor mannerisms and played them all with a determination like it was her only character. It might have been easy to phone one or two in and at times you could forget it all one person. Matt, I know you enjoy the show, but I was curious: Did you ever at any time find yourself picking a favorite? I think mine came to be Alison, because while they all have a dark side, the one who seemed to be the most sunshine and light was probably the darkest of all with a heavy dose of comedy thrown in. Can the show sustain excellence in Season 2? — Jeffrey

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Exclusive: Covert Affairs Books Bionic Woman's Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Does Annie need to watch her back?

Bionic Woman star Michelle Ryan will recur on Covert Affairs next season as a new CIA operative, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Ryan will play ...
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The Weekend Playlist: Maron on IFC, Diana Rigg on Doctor Who, Bletchley

Diana Rigg in Dr. Who (l), Game of Thrones(r)

"You're just not for everybody," comedic curmudgeon Marc Maron is told — by the more popular TV clown (at least among a comic-store backroom of Twitter nerds) Dave Foley, who plays a rather unflattering version of his real self, as does Maron, in IFC's new dark-side-of-laughter comedy series Maron (Friday, 10/9c). Sunnier than FX's Louie if only by virtue of being filmed in California, the sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage, where he vents on his unhappy personal life, his diarrhea-prone cats and his unruly, taunting Twitter following: "Who are these people? Don't they have lives?" You might well ask the same about Maron, although if he was happy (shades of Louie) there'd be no show.

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BBC's Merlin Ending After Five Seasons

Merlin

The BBC series Merlin, which airs on Syfy in the United States, will come to an end after its fifth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The final episode will air on Christmas on BBC One. 

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Exclusive Video: Excalibur Revealed in the Merlin Season Finale

Ben Daniels, Bradley James and Miranda Raison

The battle to reclaim Camelot highlights Friday's season finale of Merlin (10/9c, Syfy). The episode features daring rescues, a rekindled romance and at least one valiant death. But perhaps the most significant moment is the introduction of an iconic element of the Camelot mythos — the legendary sword Excalibur.

Following last week's loss of the castle to Morgana (Katie McGrath), Arthur (Bradley James) doubts his worthiness as the king of Camelot. To help get him back on track, Merlin (Colin Morgan) introduces him to the legend of Excalibur, explaining that only the true king of Camelot will have the strength to pull the fabled sword out of the stone where it was embedded years ago by Bruta, the first king.

Check out this exclusive clip from Friday's season finale, "The Sword in the Stone, Part 2."

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Exclusive: Syfy Picks Up Fourth Season of Merlin

Bradley James and Colin Morgan

Merlin is conjuring up another season at Syfy. The drama, which saw its ratings rise in season three, will be back for a fourth season in 2012.

The show — known as The Adventures of Merlin throughout the rest of the world, outside of... read more

Ask Matt: Death of Broadcast TV? Plus: Parenthood Defense, Glee, Repeat Rants and More

Craig T. Nelson

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: In this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, Stephen Battaglio closes his column, "Why ABC Lost Hope for Its Soaps," with the following: "Many viewers will miss the soaps, just as some miss the variety show, the big-budget miniseries and other TV fare of a bygone era. It's the price viewers pay for living in a multi-channel world, where they can watch what they want when they want." Then in your Roush Review column in the same issue, "Stumbling to This Season's Finish Line," you close by saying: "After a season of coasting, let's hope the networks raise their game come fall. It's never too late." Are you perhaps using "never" too loosely?

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Ask Matt: Relationships on Bones, Fringe, Office, Glee

Joshua Jackson

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Question: After watching the last 10 minutes of last week's Bones play out, I was left disappointed and heavy by what happened (which was a big bummer after watching the wonderful Friday Night Lights finale beforehand)... read more

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Premiered: September 20, 2008, on BBC1
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A retelling of the Arthurian legend that centers on Merlin, a young wizard new to Camelot, a kingdom ruled by a tyrant who's banned the use of magic.

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