'Merlin' Canceled by BBC After Five Seasons; Show Airs on Syfy in U.S.

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November 26th, 2012

Deadline reports that the fifth season of Merlin will be its last. It will conclude its British run on BBC1 this Christmas with an episode that concludes the battle for Camelot. Shinw TV, the studios which produces the series, is considering developing possible spin-offs, though the showrunners Johnny Caps and Julian Murphy are leaving Shine to start their own production company. The final season of Merlin will debut in the United States on Syfy on January 4, 2013.

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  • James

    It hasn’t been cancelled by the BBC. The production team always planned it to last 5 series so they are ending it.

  • Craig Thomas

    Considering how close to Christmas it is, I wonder if we will get a proper conclusion? Hopefully this is something that the producers have known for a while and have had time to write in a proper ending.

  • timotey

    @James: They were negotiating for S6 or a trilogy of movies, as it was reported by the execs. And that didn’t happen. Wnich means the show was canned.

  • richard

    i watc hed the first season on nbc back in the summer of ’09. terrible show. not sad that its ending

  • cimmer

    It did well for Syfy in the time slot and had good production values and some decent acting; I’ll be interested to see where Syfy goes shopping for a show to take its place – GB again or Canada? I’m willing to bet they go for fantasy again rather than scifi or horror or superheroes.

  • OMG

    I have not watched it but it seemed good enough. It always had decent ratings, or even built on past seasons in the UK, and in the US somehow people cannot get it, so much as it has to be relegated to cable to survive.

    I guess that is a bit of viewing difference in US or UK. Shows like Downton Abbey, Merlin, and Doctor Who would have probably been too soapy or too slow for US audiences, but they somehow can become hits. Downton Abbey in particular, even out-rated UK X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, two of the biggest reality tv shows in UK.

  • Asid

    we gonna have a real final cause merlin they already know that the season 5 was the last and this is not a rating question go take a look they have almost 7millions viewers per episode in GB

  • Guardian Owl

    Quite enjoyable, it’s basically medieval Smallville. Started out rather campy in the first season but as seasons progressed it got more darker and more serious.

  • famous gary c

    The wife’s going to be royally p—-d !!! I bet Sanctuary looks pretty good about now for SyFy for a possible return or a rebooted version. But i’m not sure the channel could cover the cost of it in there vision and capturing it’s loyal viewer’s.

  • scifi

    Ending and canceling are equal terms here. And that’s right.

  • Silent Hunter

    Ending is when the creators call it, cancelling is when the network does.

    Season 5 has been very good, so it’s best it goes out on a high.

  • Barb

    Would have been nice if they focused of Merlin’s secret having come out instead of stretching it out the entire course of the show before having ended it.

  • Lozza x

    Hi. Wow… I must be the only one crying my eyes out here. My life recently has been absolute rubbish… Merlin’s the only thing that gives me peace. I’ve literally given myself a headache from crying the past hour. I can’t explain my depression right now. I’m addicted, I have to admit and to hear it’s ended… I don’t think I’ll ever recover :'(

  • paul

    Canceled uncancelled Canceled uncancelled Canceled uncancelled which is it… for years for day one they were unsure I wanted to watch catch season 2 then I heard canceled I said oh nevermind then heard got picked up again I missed episodes. I will catch on dvd one day forget it on tv they can not make up mind.

  • The Watcher

    Really sorry that the movies (or season 6) didn’t work out.

  • Debsafan

    This just breaks my heart. I hadn’t been able to watch it when left NBC. But it came to Netflix and I’ve been watching it hours at a itme. I love this show. I hope it will end well. Seems like all the good shows leave and all the dumb ones go on and on.

  • Wright

    What a horrible way to ruin my birthday!!!

  • coolioni

    @famous gary c
    There is no way Sactuary gets renewed by Syfy.
    They are too stupid to do something like that..
    They will just air more junk T.V.

  • thesnowleopard

    @famous gary c
    Sadly, Sanctuary is a dead duck. They’ve long since broken down the sets and Amanda Tapping is now over on Supernatural. The show is gone. It’s sad, but that’s the way it goes.

    Never could entirely get into Merlin, but am rather sad for its fans that the show is going out. Hopefully, the writers are serious about giving it a good ending.

  • Dan D

    It wasn’t cancelled, the creators wanted it to end because they always had a 6 year plan for the show. The last episode that aired in the UK saw ratings of a series high, so that had nothing to do with it. Here’s an excerpt from an article…

    Co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy confirmed in a statement that the fifth series of the show would be its last, saying: “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex.

    We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.”

    BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: “Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One schedule.

    “On behalf of BBC One I would like to thank Shine and all those involved in the making of the show both on and off screen. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.”


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