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Merlin star Colin Morgan: Darker themes and 'big things to come' in third series

28 December 2009 6:47 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Actor Colin Morgan is most famous for playing the title role in the BBC1 fantasy adventure series Merlin, which follows the early years of the sorcerer at Camelot.

Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the 23-year-old has also appeared on the Catherine Tate Show and in the acclaimed Doctor Who episode Midnight in 2008.

The second series of Merlin recently ended on BBC1 and will be out on DVD in February. A third series has been commissioned and in a new interview, Colin has spoken about what's coming and also what he would like to see in the show.

How Did Working On The Second Series Of Merlin Compare To The First Run?

When we first started on the series, filming was new to me. So whenever you start on a second series you're familiar with the technical things for a start. Also there's the character - you know how to approach a scene, »

- David Bentley

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Merlin: BBC One Renews Supernatural Series for Season Three; Will NBC Air It?

11 December 2009 2:15 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As Merlin wraps up its second season on the air in the UK, the cast and crew have received some good news. They'll be going back to work for a third round of episodes.

Merlin tells the story of the legendary wizard's early adulthood, living in the court of King Uther, Arthur's father. The series features 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.

In the UK, the ratings were strong enough for BBC One to renew Merlin for a second season back in December 2008. Season two began airing in September 2009 and will finish on December 19th. While viewership has dropped a bit, the ratings are high enough for BBC One to greenlight a »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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BBC conjures up a third series of Merlin

3 December 2009 9:22 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

BBC1 has commissioned a third series of the hit fantasy drama Merlin from Shine Television.

The second series of the Saturday evening show has been pulling in a peak of over six million viewers and a 31 per cent audience share.

It has featured a host of high-profile guest stars including Mackenzie Crook, Emilia Fox, Sarah Parish, Charles Dance and Adrian Lester, and continues until the finale on Saturday, December 19.

Johnny Capps, executive producer for Shine, said: "Merlin is ready to burst back onto BBC1 with more action, romance and, of course, magic to delight fans of all ages.

"After the thrilling finale of the current series audiences will be left wondering what happens next - and with so many of Merlin and Arthur's adventures yet to unfold, we can't wait to continue the story."

Merlin stars Colin Morgan as the young wizard Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, »

- David Bentley

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BBC commissions third series of 'Merlin'

2 December 2009 4:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin will return to BBC One next year for a third series, it has been announced. The fantasy series, which stars Colin Morgan as a young mythical wizard, has been a Saturday night ratings success since its debut in 2008. BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson said of the show: "With its mix of magic, adventure and humour, Merlin is perfect Saturday evening family television, and we are thrilled (more) »

- By Dan French

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'Merlin' star reveals accent confusion

24 September 2009 5:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin star Colin Morgan has revealed that fans of the show are often confused by his accent. The 23-year-old, who is originally from Northern Ireland, told SFX magazine that people assume he is English because his titular role on the BBC One series requires him to disguise his Irish accent. He said: "One of my mates told me that a work colleague was saying, 'Is that your friend who does Merlin? His accent's really changed'. Well, yeah, it's called acting! "Often when you meet people, they're like, 'Oh you're not... What are you?' Whenever I do go home, my accent becomes a lot stronger. When my (more) »

- By Dan French

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Big-name guest stars add magic to Merlin

14 September 2009 10:16 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Arthurian adventure series Merlin returns to BBC1 this weekend with a host of big-name guest stars joining the regular cast for its 13-week run.

Having enchanted audiences of more than 6.3 million in its inaugural series, the show promises more magic, mystery, adventure and romance for Season 2 as the young wizard struggles to keep his powers hidden in the increasingly perilous world of Camelot.

Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Office, Skins, Demons) is to guest-star in the opening episode as the creepy Cedric (pictured right), who is determined to muscle in on Merlin's position as Arthur's right-hand-man - much to the sorcerer's frustration.

Sarah Parish (Mistresses, Cutting It) will play a horrible troll masquerading as the beautiful Lady Catrina; Adrian Lester (Hustle, Bonekickers) is the devious Myror; Charles Dance (Bleak House, Gosford Park) will guest-star as Aredian, the sinister Witchfinder; and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes) returns as the dashing Lancelot. »

- David Bentley

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Crook: 'My son told me to do 'Merlin'

13 September 2009 2:36 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mackenzie Crook has revealed that his son told him to accept a part in the television series Merlin. The Mirror reports that 6-year-old Jude is a big fan of the show and was "star-struck" when he met Colin Morgan, who plays the role of Merlin. "He has met everyone from Johnny Depp to Al Pacino to Steven Spielberg, but he has never been more star-struck than when he met Colin," Crook joked. The Office star, who will play an evil warlock on the (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Merlin: Trailer Released for Season Two of Supernatural Series

11 September 2009 8:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Though the show attracted a devoted audience on NBC, it looks highly unlikely that NBC will be bringing Merlin back for a second season. Its ratings were anything but magical for the peacock network.

Fortunately for UK viewers, the show has been a success for the BBC. The first season of Merlin began airing in September of 2008 over there and ran through December. Soonafter, the network announced that a second season had been ordered.

Colin Morgan returns as the young sorcerer who must fulfill his destiny and protect Prince Arthur (Bradley James). Other regular castmembers include Anthony Head, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, and Richard Wilson.

The second season of Merlin is set to debut on Saturday, September 19th. In the premiere episode, an ancient and supposedly cursed tomb is discovered that's filled with treasure. Meanwhile, a new servant named »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Merlin: Trailer Released for Season Two of Supernatural Series

11 September 2009 8:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Though the show attracted a devoted audience on NBC, it looks highly unlikely that NBC will be bringing Merlin back for a second season. Its ratings were anything but magical for the peacock network.

Fortunately for UK viewers, the show has been a success for the BBC. The first season of Merlin began airing in September of 2008 over there and ran through December. Soonafter, the network announced that a second season had been ordered.

Colin Morgan returns as the young sorcerer who must fulfill his destiny and protect Prince Arthur (Bradley James). Other regular castmembers include Anthony Head, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, and Richard Wilson.

The second season of Merlin is set to debut on Saturday, September 19th. In the premiere episode, an ancient and supposedly cursed tomb is discovered that's filled with treasure. Meanwhile, a new servant named Cedric (Mackenzie Crook) is doing his best to supplant Merlin's »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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'Merlin' - The Moment of Truth/The Labyrinth of Gedref

28 August 2009 8:04 AM, PDT | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

This review may contain spoilers. This week we got to see a bit deeper into who Merlin (Colin Morgan) is in .The Moment of Truth.. We met his mother, one of his friends named William, and the town he lived in before coming to the big city. It.s about time we got some back-story on him, including the fact that his magic is what got him in trouble there as well as in Camelot. Merlin saves his town from a power hungry warlord that wanted to destroy it, but only with the help of his friends. Gwen (Angel Coulby), Arthur (Bradley James), Morgana (Katie McGrath), and Merlin all went to go save his mother and fellow townspeople. As Merlin has rescued all of his friends or helped them all in one way or another in the recent past, they selflessly feel obligated to help him with his troubles »

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Ask the Flying Monkey! (August 24, 2009)

23 August 2009 6:32 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Ask the Monkey! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Years ago, I read about the gay kiss between Topher Grace and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an episode of That ‘70s Show called "Eric's Buddy." Apparently that kiss had some kind of historical significance, like first primetime kiss between two men or something like that? Could you find out what the significance was, if any? – Mark, Johnson City, Tn

A: Okay, this is too weird! Just last week, I was at a party, talking to Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, the creators of the great new show Nurse Jackie (and who both happen to be lesbians). At one point, one of them mentioned a “gay episode” on the first season of That ‘70s Show, a show they’d worked on previously. I didn’t remember seeing it, but I thought it »

- Brent Hartinger

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Imho "Merlin" (1.10): Merlin decides to come out!

17 August 2009 8:45 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Finally!

NBC aired two episodes of Merlin last night, and after ten episodes, they finally showed one with a fair amount of hoyay (or gay subtext).

Merlin's home village is threatened by a warlord, but when his mother comes to Camelot asking Uther for help, he turns her down. So Merlin decides he must leave Arthur and go back to the village.

(Incidentally, what about all of Merlin's vows in earlier episodes to protect Arthur — his answering of the dragon's call, and that their destinies are completely intertwined, etc. etc.? All completely forgotten, at least for this episode.)

Anyway, the hoyay is soon flying fast and furious. Why did Merlin leave his village in the first place? "I just didn't fit in anymore," he says. "I wanted to find somewhere where I do."

When Merlin talks to the former village bully, the bully says, "Why did you leave? »

- Brent Hartinger

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Spoiler Guy: Merlin "Excalibur" Preview & Summary

30 July 2009 6:20 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you're a Merlin fan then you've got to be excited about the upcoming episode entitled "Excalibur", which airs on 8/2 at 8/7c.  Well today I have an extended trailer available for you as well as an episode summary.  I don't really consider this info incredibly spoilery, but if you do, please read on (and watch) with caution.  And if you've even been following Merlin a little, trust me when I tell you that this is the one episode that you want to make sure you don't miss.

A Mysterious Black Knight Arrives In Camelot To Reveal Deep, Dark Secrets From The Past—At Arthur’s (Bradley James) coming of age ceremony, the celebrations are interrupted when a mysterious Black Knight (Rick English) crashes the ceremony and challenges the knights of Camelot to single combat. One-by-one, each knight that he challenges dies in the fight. When one knight successfully strikes the Black Knight, »

- SpoilerGuy

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Imho "Merlin" (1: 6): Hoyay among the over 50 set?

13 July 2009 2:59 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

*Deep extended sigh*

It looks as if Merlin is yet another one of those shows that has a few terrific episodes ... followed by a complete stinker.

Last night's episode, "A Remedy to Cure All Ills," was that stinker.

Yet another evil magician, Edwin, attacks Camelot, this time disguised as a healer. Honestly, Uther's "ban" on magic is turning out to be about as successful as the U.S.'s war on drugs. (Except, unlike the war on drugs, Uther's War on Magic also puts the kingdom at a huge disadvantage when it comes to taking on their magic-using enemies!)

Anyway, Gaius finds out that Edwin is the son of two sorcerers killed years ago by Uther, and that he's come back to the kingdom to seek his revenge on the king. But Edwin has since also discovered that Merlin is a wizard and threatens to spill the beans to Uther »

- Brent Hartinger

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Harry Potter and the Lost Diary - 06/23/09

23 June 2009 1:34 PM, PDT | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

Welcome to another page in the Lost Diary of Harry Potter! Today, we introduce you to a new television series called Merlin that has many of the same characteristics of Harry Potter, Emma Watson gracing the pages of Teen Vogue, a first-person encounter with the Harry Potter Exhibit, more on the splitting point for Harry Potter 7, interviews with the Weasley twins, Jessie Cave, and Tom Felton, plus some quirkiness straight from CNN. The Re-Imagined Merlin Although not directly related to Harry Potter, we felt this was worthy of our continued dissection of Harry Potter news. The BBC has a thirteen-show series running called Merlin that features a teenage wizard who has many of the same issues as Harry: teen angst, girl troubles, competition with others, and most importantly, the constant threat of death. Merlin, played by Colin Morgan, is definitely worth checking out. Emma Watson Graces the Cover of Teen »

- rsw@corp.popstar.com (Robert Samuel White)

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Imho "Merlin" (1.1-1.2): There's Something About Merlin

22 June 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The first two episodes of NBC’s new “before-they-were-famous” retelling of the Camelot story aired back-to-back last night, and it was a little like watching the Bette Davis movies A Stolen Life or Dead Ringer: one twin was good, and one twin was evil.

Okay, so how gay was that reference?

The point is, the first episode of Merlin, “The Dragon’s Call,” was terrific: fast-paced, well-acted, and funny, with lots of cheeky references to the fact that they’re basically giving King Arthur and company the Smallville treatment.

The second episode, “Valiant”? Not so great. But more on that later.

In the opening narration of “The Dragon’s Call,” we learn that, “No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny. He cannot glimpse his part in the great story that is about to unfold. Like everyone, he must live and learn.”

Which isn’t how I feel at all. »

- Brent Hartinger

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Merlin: Premiere Gets Less-Than-Magical Ratings; Keep It or Cancel It?

22 June 2009 1:47 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC debuted their new fantasy-adventure series, Merlin, last night. Did many people tune in to watch this new take on an old tale? Will it be allowed to run its course or has the magic tale failed to excite viewers?

Merlin stars Colin Morgan as a young sorcerer who arrives in Camelot, a city where magic has been outlawed by King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head). While there, Merlin learns that he has an important part to play in the future of Camelot and residents like Prince Arthur (Bradley James), maid Guinevere (Angel Coulby), and seer Morgana (Katie McGrath). Others in the cast include Bionic Woman's Michelle Ryan, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt as the voice of The Great Dragon.

Though many British shows have been remade for American audiences over the years, Merlin supposedly marks the first time a UK drama has aired on a major Us network in over 30 years. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Images: We're Truly Living in A Golden Age of Male Flesh

22 June 2009 8:37 AM, PDT | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

Oh what a wonderful time to be alive. 

Our Sf, Fantasy and Horror programs aren't afraid to pile on the male beefcake in a way they used to only do with the female stuff.  

I'm greatly pleases that shows like True Blood and Merlin aren't skimping on the sweaty-shirtlessness, and cappers like Superherofan.net are right there to provide us wonderful evidence of this great, golden age. 

Here's Mehcad Brooks tempting in True Blood

And here's Bradley James beaming in Merlin:

Ryan Kwanten nearly naked -- again -- in True Blood

Stephen Moyer all pensive and pouty in True Blood:

And Colin Morgan moaning in Merlin

Wait... I've just been informed that the Bradley James caps are from a completely unrelated film he appeared shirtless and sweaty in. I'm off to track that down. 

Source:  Alan Ball Continues to Exploit His "True Blood" Actors...

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Review: NBC's 'Merlin' a fanciful escape

21 June 2009 1:35 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A wonderful gift from BBC television has been imported by NBC, and awaits your family viewing. "Merlin" is a new reimagined drama series that features teen sorcerer Merlin of the Arthur legend who makes his way in the court. The setting is the mythical city of Camelot, where dragons and other fantastical beasts still dwell in an ominous world where the black arts and witchcraft abound, used for power and glory, control and deception. This is perfect for the whole family, and the quality of the casting, production and writing make it one of the summer's best series to enjoy. The 13-part summer series is on NBC, debuting tonight, Sunday, June 21st, and features newcomers Colin Morgan as »

- April MacIntyre

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Previews: When Merl met Art

19 June 2009 11:02 AM, PDT | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

Merlin, NBC's new young wizard series, debuts on Sunday and, reportedly, it ain't that bad.

Colin Morgan plays the young Merlin, magically adept and destined for greatness and legend, but in the meantime stuck living in Camelot -- where magic can get you executed by King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Steward Head), father of the equally destined for greatness and legend Arthur (Bradley James.)

When Merlin meets his new boyfriend Prince Arthur there are passionate sparks of hidden lust powerful egos. As the series continues, the two will fall in love become great friends and get gay married save the Kingdom from challenges both political and magical.

 Sci Fi Wire says "...It's an entertaining mix of humor, cleverness and action that makes Merlin a rousing new option on Sunday nights."

The Hollywood Reporter calls it:  it: "...this is a fresh, and delightfully color-blind, approach to the tale....Replace "Camelot" with "Smallville, »

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