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Syfy has acquired the rights to air all 26 episodes of the hit British series Merlin, including the second season, which has never aired on American television.

The cable channel will begin airing episodes from the first season in April. The episodes previously aired in the U.S. last summer on NBC.

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"A viewer favorite after only one season, Merlin will be a strong addition to our schedule this spring," Thomas Vitale, Syfy's president of programming, said in a statement. "We expect its enthralling imaginative vision, engaging young talent, and rich production values to resonate with our audience."It's unknown when the second season of the show will air on Syfy. A third season of the show has already been ordered by the U.K.'s BBC One.