Written by: Walt
It seems that in its desperation to garner at least some ratings NBC has decided to compete with the SciFi Channel and other cable networks in the realm of b-movie quality fantasy programming. NBC’s new show Merlin will start in a few weeks. Here is how NBC.com describes Merlin:
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.
Now don’t get me wrong I was a big fan of Hercules, Xena, etc. back in the day. I think what surprises me though is that one of the major networks is airing this program. If you told me it was going to be on SciFi, the CW, or USA I probably wouldn’t have blinked an eye. Merlin seems even a step farther into this genre than even The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
I’m actually looking forward to watching Merlin though. If it’s well written and given a sufficient budget Merlin actually could have a chance. I know my son will want to see it too. I’m trying not to get my hopes up since the last show like this I was looking forward to, The Legend of the Seeker, is a complete debacle (please cancel it and stop ruining the story, please, please please). The only thing which might be worse is if I like it, which of course is the kiss of death. If I show any interest at all, Merlin will probably be canceled after three episodes. Especially as, with the exception of Anthony Head (a.k.a., Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the cast is mostly young unknown actors.
Merlin premieres on Sunday June 21st at 8/7c. I’ll be watching and hoping.
Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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