10:44am PT by Jethro Nededog
Syfy Picks Up 'Merlin' for Season 4
Fans of the Arthurian legend should feel better about this news after Starz canceled its series, Camelot. Merlin, a more lighthearted, family-oriented version of the tale, will be back on our sets in 2012.
The series follows the iconic legend through the point of view of the magician Merlin (Colin Morgan) in his younger years. Bradley James also returns as young Arthur along with costars Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson. John Hurt also reprises his role as the voice of the Great Dragon.
Originally aired on BBC, Merlin has been picking up steam with American audiences. Season 3 averaged 1.9 million viewers an episode for Syfy, an increase of 12 percent over the previous season. Season 4 begins airing in the UK in the fall.
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) distributes and licenses The Adventures of Merlin, as its known outside the U.S. FME has invested in the Merlin series alongside BBC One. The show is produced and created by Shine TV whose producers were inspired to create the series after seeing what Smallville did with Superman.