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Syfy to air both seasons of 'Merlin'

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. television network Syfy says it has acquired the basic cable rights from FremantleMedia Enterprises for all 26 episodes of the series "Merlin."

The deal includes both seasons of the Arthurian legend-inspired show. While the first season aired on NBC last summer, the second season has not yet been broadcast on U.S. television. Both seasons of the series aired on the BBC, which has commissioned a third season to begin running in September.

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"Merlin" is to join the Syfy prime time lineup in April.

"A viewer favorite after only one season, 'Merlin' will be a strong addition to our schedule this spring. We expect its enthralling imaginative vision, engaging young talent, and rich production values to resonate with our audience," Thomas Vitale, Syfy's executive vice president of programming and original movies, said in a statement Wednesday.

"'Merlin' has been a great success internationally with fans in more than 180 countries," added FME's Lisa Honig. "Partnering with Syfy to continue that engagement in the United States after a successful first series is a win-win for everyone."

The show stars Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby.

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