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Syfy Christmas/Winter Goodies Abound!

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From standalone holiday-themed episodes of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and – for the first time – Haven, to a Syfy original Saturday night movie, to its second annual Countdown to Christmas and a host of new and returning winter series, Syfy is staking claim to the season.

Details on a wealth of good stuff follow the jump.

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Television: SyFy’s Series Merlin Lightens Up With Comedic Episode, Goblin’s Gold

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Comedy breaks through the dramatic overtones of the third season of MERLIN with a hilarious tale of goblins, possession and coin-licking in an episode entitled “Goblin’s Gold” premiering Friday, January 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

Highly respected UK actor Richard Wilson, regarded as a national treasure in the UK for his comedic performances, is set lose in the hit SyFy series Merlin as Gaius in “Goblin’s Gold.”  In the episode, Merlin stumbles across a secret chamber and accidentally releases a Goblin. The mischievous creature possesses Merlin’s mentor Gaius, leading the once wise physician to develop a taste for gold, ale and magical jokes. With a suddenly bald King Uther and a scourge of flatulence sweeping the royal household, can Merlin work through the mystery and banish the Goblin back to where he came from before any real damage is done?

Richard Wilson, a two-time BAFTA winner is best known for his iconic role as Victor Meldrew in the extremely popular UK television series One Foot in the Grave. Other TV appearances include roles in Only When I Laugh, Tutti Frutti, Born and Bred,Doctor Who and dozens of series, mini-series and TV movies.

Anthony Head, who portrays King Uther in Merlin, had high praise for working with Wilson on this episode where Heads character comes under a lot of abuse by the mischievous goblin, Gaius.

“When you know somebody to be a trusted, respectable actor in a role as a dignified member of Camelot’s court, you don’t expect them to be sticking their tongue out with such enthusiasm,” Head explains. “I so enjoyed the scene that he was slapping my head that I completely blew the take. His hands were wet with the ointment and I was wearing a padded prosthetic, so he was really slapping away, and the sound and the smashing of it just gave me such a funny visual that I couldn’t help but laugh.”

Television: Starz Finalizes Casting For Their Camelot Series

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Los Angeles – June 3, 2010 – Starz and GK-TV announced today that Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton have signed on to the upcoming series “Camelot.” 

”With Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton in the cast, we’ve got actors who can bring real passion and intensity to their roles,” Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said.

Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik added, “All of the best TV shows were marked by great actors in the ideal parts, and that is certainly the case with the talented cast on ‘Camelot.’” 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this world class cast for ‘Camelot,’” said Graham King.  Added GK-TV President Craig Cegielski, “This announcement further solidifies GK-TV’s mandate of being the premier destination for cinematic-quality TV programming with a global appeal.”

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Merlin is a Fun, Fluffy, Summer Series.

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So far this Summer has been really sparse when it comes to new programming. There’s a lot of good stuff coming in the next few weeks, but it seems like instead of hitting us with new Summer programs all at once everything is being spread out. A few weeks ago we had Burn Notice, Royal Pains and I’m A Celebrity Get me Out of Here premiere, Sunday night we have the long awaited debut of NBC’s surprisingly "lavish" production of Merlin (Colin Morgan). The production features an interesting cast that includes Buffy’s Anthony Head as the magic fearing King Uther Pendragon.

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