'Merlin' conjures up CTV deal

BBC drama headed for midseason spot

MONTREAL -- Canadian broadcaster CTV on Wednesday acquired the BBC drama "Merlin" from FremantleMedia Enterprises for its midseason schedule.

Toronto-based CTV follows NBC in picking up 13 episodes of the live-action fantasy drama from Shine Television.

The series, which stars John Hurt and Richard Wilson, details the life of Arthur before he becomes king.

CTV unveiled the deal at MIPCOM with FremantleMedia, which holds the series' exclusive distribution, licensing and home entertainment rights, excluding the U.K.