On June 21, 2009 at 8PM EST, the hit BBC miniseries Merlin premieres in the U.S. on NBC — and not a moment too soon. We live in a world where TV is ruled by disgusting amounts of cop/authority dramas and hospital dramas and what we really need, is some good old fantasy! With Merlin, we will get just that.
As it is known, Merlin is the legendary wizard who is most-often associated with the tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in Camelot. The truth to the character is hard to even put into words. He was first written about in the year 1136 and has shown up in an infinite amount of movies, TV shows, cartoons, games, artworks, and who knows how many other things. Quite simply put: when you think of a wizard, you most likely think of the greatest wizard of them all: Merlin.
So as not to be unoriginal, the creators of this 13-part miniseries, starring Buffy‘s Anthony Head and Michelle Ryan (from the Bionic Woman reboot), have basically rebooted the world and the character to offer many fresh, wonderful new adventures to existing fans, and any new ones that may come.
Click on over to the other side for the miniseries description and to watch the show’s trailer and a bunch of video previews, behind-the-scenes looks, and cast videos.
Here is the show’s official description:
Merlin is a new drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. The mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began; a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people; a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.
When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies including the heir to Uther’s crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther’s wise physician Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot’s mystical secrets. As he does so he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom’s young leader in waiting, Arthur, are inextricably linked.
Below are all of the videos to check out. If you’re a fan of Merlin, King Arthur, or just love fantasy-based storytelling, you should definitely watch these videos and check the show out on June 21. Also worth checking out are the show’s official NBC site, personal Twitter account, and Facebook page.
Merlin Preview – Check out a Sneak Peek of the new series Merlin!
Merlin Preview, Pt. 2
A King’s Castle – The cast discusses the real-life castle that serves as Camelot.
Cast Interviews – The stars of Merlin discuss the lure of reliving the legendary tale.