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News Roundup: 'Merlin' Season 3 Coming to Syfy, 'Friday Night Lights' Gets October Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2010 7:00PM
MerlinSyfy has felt the magic and wants to keep it coming: 'Merlin' season 3 will premiere on the network in early 2011.

'Merlin' first aired on NBC last summer and averaged around 4 million viewers. The series moved to Syfy for its second season, where it averaged 1.28 million viewers, a much larger audience for the network than previous programs in the Friday 10PM timeslot.

"We are thrilled that Syfy will be broadcasting the third series of 'Merlin,'" Johnny Capps, series creator and executive producer, told TV Guide. "The upcoming season will add an exciting new twist to Merlin's ongoing struggle to protect Prince Arthur, as well as thrilling audiences with bigger and bolder action sequences, stunning CGI monsters, mysterious villains and comic fun for all the family."

In other TV news ...

AMC has officially picked up the untitled drama formerly known as 'The Killing.' The new Seattle-set series follows the murder investigation of a young girl, and is based on the Danish series 'Forbrydelsen.' [Deadline]

The fifth and final season of 'Friday Night Lights' will premiere on Wed., Oct. 27 on DirecTV. No word on its premiere date on NBC, and no other details have been released about the 13-episode season 5. [Ausiello Files]

'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller has been tapped to adapt 'The Lotus Caves' for Syfy. The project is based on the popular novel about lunar colonists who discover smart aliens living beyond the colony's borders. [Ausiello Files]

CBS's new mom-skewed talk show, 'The Talk' will premiere Mon., Oct. 18 at 2PM. The panel of famous moms includes Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winkour. 'The Talk' is replacing the classic soap opera 'As the World Turns.' [CBS]

NBC has ordered a pilot of Peter Tolan's workplace comedy 'Brave New World.' The 'Rescue Me' co-creator's new pilot revolves around the staff at a living museum that has people reenacting an average day in the life of the Pilgrims who settled in America. [Deadline]

Joe Zee, whom viewers may remember from his criticism of Whitney Port's fashion line on 'The City,' is getting his own show on Sundance Channel. The Elle magazine creative director will consult young designers in crisis prior to meetings with buyers on 'All on the Line.' [New York Magazine]

Robert Knepper, known to many as T-Bag on 'Prison Break,' has joined the cast of NBC's 'Chase.' Knepper will play an ex-gangster who has been living his life as a normal citizen until suddenly snapping and going on a crime spree. [Vulture]

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