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Syfy acquires fourth season of Merlin; Returns to Syfy in 2012

The magic of Merlin will return to Syfy! The channel has acquired the fourth season of Merlin from FremantleMedia Enterprises, it was jointly announced today by Chris Regina, Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy, and FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Season Four of Merlin will premiere on Syfy in 2012.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Merlin season three finale on Syfy draws series high 1.87M viewers

The season three finale of Merlin on Friday, April 8 at 10PM (ET/PT) on Syfy delivered ratings magic, captivating the highest household rating (1.3 HH Rating) and total viewers (1.87 million) since premiering on Syfy in April 2010. The episode also delivered a season-high 788,000 Adults 25-54 and 621,000 Adults 18-49.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Merlin season three finale on Syfy draws series high 1.87M viewers

Season three of Merlin premieres on Syfy January 7, 2011

The magic is back! The popular series Merlin, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Anthony Head, returns for a third season on Syfy beginning Friday, January 7, at 10PM (ET/PT), immediately following tag team partner WWE Friday Night Smackdown®.

The full press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Season three of Merlin premieres on Syfy January 7, 2011

Syfy kicks off 2011 with new original series Being Human, Face Off and Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen

Syfy will ring in the New Year with a cavalcade of original programming, from the new series Being Human (Monday, January 17, at 9PM), Face Off (Wednesday, January 26, at 10PM) and Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen and returning powerhouses Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters International (Wednesday, January 5, at 9PM), to Saturday Original Movies led by the highly anticipated clash of pop princess rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in Mega Python Vs Gatoroid on Saturday, January 29, at 9PM (ET/PT).

Merlin, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Anthony Head, will rejoin the prime time lineup beginning Friday, January 7, at 10PM (ET/PT) following WWE Friday Night Smackdown®.

The full press release follows after the jump.

Continue reading Syfy kicks off 2011 with new original series Being Human, Face Off and Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen

Syfy picks up third season of Merlin

Syfy has picked up the third season of BBC’s Merlin. The third season will debut on Syfy in early 2011. Season two drew a respectable 1.277 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (better than the Syfy original series “Caprica” which averaged 1.200 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating for season 1.5).

The full press release follows after the jump (Note: the numbers referenced above are for live + same day, while the numbers in the press release are for live + 7-day).

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Stargate Universe season 1.5 premiere improves to 1.5M viewers; U.S. premiere of Merlin season 2 draws 1.3M viewers

Syfy’s new Friday night lineup of Stargate Universe at 9:00 and the U.S. premiere of the second season of Merlin at 10:00 got off to a good start this past Friday.  Stargate Universe drew 1.486 million viewers, which was up 11% over the midseason finale in total viewers and up equally in the key demos: 936,000 Adults 25-54 (+11%) and 768,000 / 0.6 rating in Adults 18-49 (+12%). The episode averaged a 1.2 HH coverage rating (+9%).

Meanwhile lead-out Merlin nabbed 1.289 million viewers and topped the April 2009 debut of Primeval — the previous UK scripted series to premiere on the network — by +52% in Adults 25-54 (738,000), +45% in Adults 18-49 (553,000 / 0.4 rating), +25% in HH rating (1.0 HH coverage rating) and +18% in total viewers. Click over the jump to read the full press release.

Stargate Universe airs Friday night’s at 9:00 on Syfy. Merlin follows at 10:00 p.m.

Continue reading Stargate Universe season 1.5 premiere improves to 1.5M viewers; U.S. premiere of Merlin season 2 draws 1.3M viewers

U.S. premiere of Merlin season two set for Friday, April 2nd on Syfy

The second season premiere of British-import Merlin will air on Syfy Friday, April 2nd at 10:00 p.m., following the season 1.5 premiere of Stargate Universe at 9:00 p.m.  For those of you who haven’t seen the first season, the network will telecast all 13 hours of Merlin‘s first season in a full day marathon on Sunday, March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Head on over the jump for the press release.

Continue reading U.S. premiere of Merlin season two set for Friday, April 2nd on Syfy

Movie and TV Bites: Mickey Rourke Talks Whiplash, ‘Doctor Parnassus’ Clips, New Avatar Photo + more

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  • Entertainment Weekly has posted new photos from Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon (November 20, 2009). Head on over to EW to see more.
  • Empire cornered Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke and asked him about his role in the film: “I’m having the time of my life!” he enthused about joining the Iron Man franchise. “It’s been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It’s sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison.” [Empire]
  • The second season of Merlin will premiere on BBC One Sunday, June 21st in the UK.  That’s the same date as the U.S. premiere of the first season on NBC. [via TV Squad]

29 more bites after the jump, including six more photos/posters and 14 video clips/trailers. Continue reading Movie and TV Bites: Mickey Rourke Talks Whiplash, ‘Doctor Parnassus’ Clips, New Avatar Photo + more

NBC Summer Preview [VIDEOS]

merlin-042909Here’s a summer preview of four new shows scheduled to air on NBC this summer.  UK import Merlin, The Listener and two four-hour miniseries: Meteor and The Storm.

Head on over the jump to check out details for each of the shows/mini-series plus clips. Continue reading NBC Summer Preview [VIDEOS]

U.K. Office Coming To Adult Swim

Adult Swim, the late-night channel on Cartoon Network, has acquired the rights to the original version of The Office from BBC Worldwide.  Both seasons of the U.K. comedy, plus the Christmas special, will air on Adult Swim this Summer.

The Office was created, written and directed by star Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

NBC Announces Summer Schedule

nbclogo-513NBC has unveiled their summer schedule, announcing key dates for new scripted projects including The Philanthropist, overseas co-productions including the BBC series Merlin and the CTV (from Canada) series The Listener as well as two new miniseries (The Meteor and The Storm) and two new reality series (I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Great American Road Trip).  Here’s the schedule (shows in CAPS are new):

MONDAY, JUNE 1
“I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!” — premiere (8-9 p.m.)
“Medium” season finale (10-11 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JUNE 2
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” — season finale (10-11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
“Law & Order” — season finale (10-11 p.m.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 4
“THE LISTENER” — premiere (10-11 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 and JUNE 14
“METEOR” — miniseries (9-11 p.m.)

MONDAY, JUNE 8
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC season premiere; 9-10 p.m.)
“Dateline NBC” (10-11 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
“MERLIN” (premiere 8-10 p.m.; June 28 airs 8-10 p.m.; July 5 resumes regular time 8-9 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 and WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” (9-10 p.m. both nights)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
“THE PHILANTHROPIST” – premieres (10-11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
“GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP” — premieres (8-9 p.m.)

SATURDAY, JULY 4
“MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” (9-10 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JULY 19 and SUNDAY, JULY 26
“THE STORM” – miniseries (9-11 p.m.)

The full press release, which includes official show descriptions, follows after the jump. Continue reading NBC Announces Summer Schedule