Archive for July 23rd, 2008
The upcoming BBC1 series Merlin got some more cast today, with the announcement of John Hurt (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the voice of the Great Dragon), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, as Nimueh), and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, as Lancelot). Previously announced cast include Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as King Uther Pendragon and newcomer Colin Morgan (Jethro on the recent Doctor Who episode “Midnight”) as the young Merlin. The show debuts on BBC1 in September, while NBC will air the series in the U.S. sometime this winter.
Joss Whedon, currently working on new Fox series Dollhouse, is shooting a new pilot to act as an introduction to the show. Fox is the same network that mucked with the episode order of Whedon’s Firefly, and then canceled the show, which makes this eerily similar. And something similar happened with JMS’ Crusade due to TNT, and it lasted even fewer episodes. However, he is on board with it. “Having been through this I should know I need to deliver a way to get into a story.”