Merlin Merlin

This nervy, comedic reboot of the Camelot legend started off with a Prince Arthur (Bradley James) who was a bit of a moron and a young, gauche Merlin (Colin Morgan) who must keep his magic a secret — but it now kicks into serious gear.

Last season, Merlin tried to kill the seemingly innocent Morgana (Katie McGrath) when she fell under the spell of a wicked sorceress. "Now we turn Morgana evil — she's out for revenge and it changes the entire dynamic," says cocreator Johnny Capps, who will finally add such key Arthurian elements as Excalibur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Also look for the return of Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera). Says Capps: "We're pushing the tone both ways — we're getting darker and funnier."

Merlin premieres Friday at 10/9c on Syfy.

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