SyFy makes ‘Merlin’ appear

Cabler picks up unaired second season

SyFy has acquired the basic cable rights to air all 26 episodes of former NBC series “Merlin,” including the unaired second season.

SyFy also announced it has cast Emily Rose (“John From Cincinnati”) as the lead in its upcoming series “Haven,” which the network said will premiere later this year.

FremantleMedia sold the series, which will premiere on SyFy in primetime in April. Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby star.

NBC aired the first season of “Merlin” last summer. Originally broadcast on BBC One starting in 2008, the series has aired in more than 30 countries. A third season is scheduled to launch in the U.K. in September.

Based on the Stephen King novella “The Colorado Kid,” “Haven” will begin production in the spring in Canada.

Rose will play FBI agent Audrey Parker, who investigates a murder in the small town of Haven, Maine, and finds herself caught up in a web of supernatural activity among its citizens.

Rose has had several key recurring roles since appearing as Cass on “John From Cincinnati.” She played Lena Branigan on “Brothers and Sisters,” Trish Merrick on “Jericho” and Tracy Martin on “ER.” She was also the lead in the USA pilot “Operating Instructions.”

E1 Entertainment is producing “Haven,” which is co-financed by Universal Netwowrks Intl. and is the first series to be produced for SyFy’s international outlets (except in Scandinavia and, ironically, Canada). E1 is handling international distribution.

Scott Shepard (“The Dead Zone”) is the series’ showrunner, with Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller and E1’s John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern exec producing. Pilot scribes Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn also are exec producers.

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