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Ratings: Walter Cronkite Tribute Tops Sunday Night, and More

Some recent ratings highlights: * Friday Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? drew 4.88 million total viewers, dropping 14 percent from last week. Lead-out Mental matched its previous audience of 3.7 mil. * Saturday NBC's Kings held steady at 1.57 mil; the series finale airs July 25. The first of Dirty Sexy Money 's four burn-off episodes was watched by 2.15 million people. * Sunday The CBS News special That's the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite was the night's most-watched program, delivering 7.41 million viewers. Lead-out Big Brother 11 (5.58 mil) dropped 17 percent from this season's first nominations episode. Over on NBC, Merlin (4.27 mil) gained 620 thou and the conclusion of Meteor - someone help me out here, did we survive? - inched up a hair to 5.2 mil. Source Here

Wizard Wars: The Magical Battle is On! Vote in Round 2 - Featured

Round 2 voting is now closed. The Wizard Wars rage on with Round 3 of voting, so join in the battle! Wizard Wars: The Magical Battle Continues! Vote in Round 3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has put us all into a wizard frenzy, so let's continue to enjoy the madness with Round 2 of SideReel's Wizard Wars! Due to so many nominations for Round 1 , we stuck with a list format, but with some big number gaps in the Round 1 voting, we've narrowed the big list down to the 4 most voted Harry Potter wizards and the 4 most voted non-Potter wizards. Check out the battle bracket (click on the image to enlarge), then comment below with your choices. Choose one wizard for the win from each pairing on the Potter side, then one from each pairing on the non-Potter side. The winner from each pairing will then go on to Round 3 to continue the battle! Round 2 voting will run Friday afternoon (7/17) through Monday afternoon (7/20).

MERLIN Episode 7: 'The Gates of Avalon' - Preview

Merlin must protect Arthur from a beautiful girl plotting to overthrow the kingdom. Airing Sunday 19 of July at 8 pm on NBC. To Watch The Preview Click Here .

Ratings: Harper's Ends with a Bang, Eli Stone Tunes Out and More

Some recent ratings highlights: * Friday Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader schooled 5.7 million total viewers, a 33 percent surge from its season opener. Lead-out Mental (3.68 mil), in turn, enjoyed a 250K bump. * Saturday Harper's Island sewed up 13 episodes of slicing and dicing before an audience of 3.84 mil, up 8 percent from its last outing. Elsewhere, Kings (1.64 mil) gained 340 thou and Eli Stone signed off for good with 2.76 mil. * Sunday Big Brother 11 's first Sunday airing drew 6.76 million viewers, making it the night's second most-watched program (behind 60 Minutes, 7.9 mil). NBC's Merlin (3.65 mil) saw 15 percent of its audience magically disappear. The Peacock's Meteor premiered to 5.04 mil, but really - Marla Sokoloff versus Armageddon? Lifetime's Drop Dread Diva weighed in with a premiere audience of 2.8 mil and the cabler's best delivery of women 18-49 since Army Wives ' June 2007 arrival. Source here

Ratings: 5th Grader's Return Lacks Fireworks, and More

Some ratings highlights from the long holiday weekend: * So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday drew 7.15 million total viewers, up 250K week-to-week. NBC's The Listener (3.28 mil) dropped 14 percent. * On Friday, Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? returned to an audience of 4.26 mil - a 40 percent plunge from its last outing (which was on a Thursday in December). Lead-out Mental dipped 7 percent from its previous, Tuesday outing, to 3.43 mil. * NBC's Kings (1.3 mil) slipped 240 thou on Saturday, while the penultimate episode of ABC's Eli Stone held steady at 2.65 mil. * Sunday's most-watched programs were 60 Minutes (7.7 mil) and a Cold Case repeat (6.95 mil). NBC's Merlin inched up a hair, to 4.3 mil. Source Here

Colin Morgan Talks Challenges and Characters of 'Merlin'

Having just premiered on NBC, the series Merlin has its fair share of intriguing characters. It has quite a premise, and it's already set the expectations of many fans of the fantasy genre. While it's caused quite a stir among audiences, the stars of the show also admit to sharing the same thrilling sentiments. On a conference call held before the series' premiere, actor Colin Morgan who plays the title character of the show revealed what it was like to work on Merlin. The series focuses on the younger version of the legendary wizard, as he tries to develop his talents in the field of magic. Joining him is the arrogant prince Arthur (Bradley James), along with different versions of Guinevere and Morgana. Describing the characters, Colin Morgan admitted that Merlin will challenge our preconceived notions of the story. He says Arthur "develops in surprising ways," and cites the uniqueness of every role. "You see [Arthur] actually has a good heart and his intentions are in the right place," Morgan said. "Also we see Morgana and how she develops, and Gwen, her relationship as we've never seen her before. We normally see Gwen as the future queen, whereas [now] we see her as a maiden next door. Everyone's character, we've all got something new to show." He also discussed the first episode's fight scene between Merlin and Arthur. The effects were something he had to struggle with, but the actor decided to just enjoy the experience. "It's kind of limitless. It's great to just sort of experiment with that and to have a bit of fun," he admitted. "You've got one idea in your head of what you shot, and then you see the final product, and it's something that really wouldn't be out of place in a film." Colin Morgan was also quick to point out the appeal of the show. "What's great is just an idea started with that and twisted it and turned it on its head and made it into something completely new and different. So I think that's what was so exciting about it." Catch the actor on Merlin every Sunday night on NBC. Source Here

NBC Conjures Merlin, along with a James Bradley interview

American networks have made a habit of swiping and remaking British programs, but the latest import from across the pond will be 100 percent authentic. Merlin (premiers Sunday, 8 pm/ET, NBC), loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the famed sorcerer, arrives stateside as the first British drama to air on a U.S. network 'un-retouched, un-recast' since The New Avengers more than 30 years ago. "I think we probably played a fast one on NBC!" star Bradley James II tells "It's probably quite difficult to recast this one and remake it in an American way. Hopefully it goes over well and it will be worth NBC's while. We'll keep our fingers crossed." James plays Prince Arthur on the fantasy, sword-fighting series. No, that's not a typo. It's Prince Arthur, not King. Unlike past incarnations of the legend, Merlin follows the early years of the mythical wizard and the pre-golden age of Camelot, where, as the series opens, King Uther (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Head) has outlawed magic. In the spirit of borrowing, the premise was inspired by that of Smallville . "I'm not sure who Arthur's character would be, but you've got the obvious link between Clark Kent and Merlin. Those are the guys with the powers eventually," James says. "We have the advantage of building on what's worked for them. The producers have done a good job of recreating the story in a way that people want to tune in even though they know the legend." As a Brit, James was familiar with the legend, but warns viewers will probably be unfamiliar with his Arthur a spoiled, arrogant teen who clashes with his mentor Merlin (Colin Morgan). Naturally, as the 13-episode season progresses, so does their relationship and Arthur himself. "Underneath this bravado, deep down he's got that inner strength and character," James says. "You have to scratch away at it, and with Merlin's help that becomes more evident. We're all aware of the man he'll become; it's just about how he gets there." And he will get there, right? Currently filming Season 2, James says he doesn't know how long the show can go on for, opting to take the one-season-at-a-time mentality. "If you get it right more often than not, then the show can continue to grow," he says. "But I don't think anyone's interested in flogging a dead donkey, just relying on loyal fans." Nor are they interested in deviating too much from the tale for a few extra years and extra drama. "How on earth are they doing [Smallville] without Lex Luthor?" James says. "We had a similar situation over here with Robin Hood where for some reason they killed off Maid Marian. It seems a bit daft to me when you know where the story's going and all of the sudden you change it a little bit so it can't get there. "The producers might find themselves a way, if they need to, to kill me, but hopefully they won't do that! I think we're all enjoying ourselves at the moment. Things are going according to plan." Source

Anticipation High For 'Merlin'

En route to its June 21 premiere on NBC, the British import Merlin is already drawing raves from American viewers who have either seen parts of it on YouTube or the whole thing. The series loosely based on Arthurian legends and the wizard Merlin draw as much as 30 percent of viewers when it first aired on September 20 last year. The BBC show is set to premiere on Sunday 8pm, which marks as the first British drama to air on American network television in 30 years, the last one being The New Avengers in the late 1970s. To further satisfy all so-called wizard-philes, NBC said it will also air a sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the premiere. British actor Anthony Stewart Head stars as Uther Pendragon, joined by Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as then arrogant Prince Arthur, Richard Wilson as Camelot's court physician Gaius, Angel Coulby as Morgana's humble maid servant Guinevere, and Katie McGrath as the King's ward Morgana. Asked to describe his character, Head says Uther Pendragon plays a king who "is fairly unpleasant and likes to cut people's heads off if they happen to use magic or even talk about magic in my kingdom." On Merlin's first season, Head adds that audiences will get "little tastes of elements that will become very important within the legend." Merlin takes place on the kingdom of Camelot in a time before history began in what NBC described as "a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people, a dangerous world." Current King Uther Pendragon bans magic, and Merlin as a young gifted with extraordinary magical powers arrives in the kingdom to quickly make enemies, not the least of which is the heir to Uther's crown Prince Arthur. The Merlin cast and crew is halfway through filming its sophomore season. Source Here

ANGEL COULBY & ANTHONY HEAD from Merlin Interview

I recently got a chance to speak with Angel Coulby and Anthony Stewart Head both stars of the new NBC show, Merlin , which premieres on Sunday, June 21, at 8pm. Merlin is a new series that retells the story of Merlin, the sorcerer known from the Arthurian legend. Angel Coulby plays Guinevere (Gwen) and Anthony Head (whom Buffy fans will remember as Giles), plays the evil Uther Pendragon. Merlin is definitely a show that I am looking forward to and was very excited to get to learn a little more about it. So enjoy the interview below and don't forget to tune in on Sunday, June 21. To Read More Click here .

Summer TV Shows on NBC: Criminal Intent Is Back; The Philanthropist Arrives

The snow's barely begun to melt, but NBC is looking ahead to warmer months already with the announcement of the network's summer TV schedule. Along with the sunshine, June will bring with it a bevy of season finales, series premieres and other seasonal kick-offs to mark on your calendar. Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order will wrap up their seasons on June 2 and 3, respectively (both at 10 pm/ET). Law & Order: Criminal Intent 's season premiere arrives soon after, on June 8 (9 pm/ET). Shows usually close seasons during May sweeps, but NBC is hoping the June wrap-up will boost Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show debut, premiering June 1. New series will also bow, starting with The Listener June 4 (10 pm/ET), which stars Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as a telepathic EMT, and Merlin - about the mythical magician - on June 21 (8 pm/ET). Ex-Party of Fiver Neve Campbell and Rome alum James Purefoy debut June 24 (10 pm/ET) in The Philanthropist , which depicts a playboy-turned-vigilante-do-gooder. Check out the rest of the network's highlights below. Which shows will you cool down with this summer? Monday, June 1: I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! premiere (8 pm/ET); Medium season finale (10 pm/ET) Tuesday, June 2: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season finale (10 pm/ET) Wednesday, June 3: Law & Order season finale (10 pm/ET) Thursday, June 4: The Listener premiere (10 pm/ET) Sunday June 7 and June 14: Meteor miniseries (9 pm/ET) Monday, June 8: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season premiere, 9 pm/ET) Sunday, June 21: Merlin premiere (8 pm/ET) Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24: America's Got Talent (9 pm/ET) Wednesday, June 24: The Philanthropist premiere (10 pm/ET) Wednesday, July 1: Great American Road Trip premiere (8 pm/ET) source here