Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I had very definite plans about my future. I was going to be a fighter pilot. Or possibly a grocer.

Or a medieval sorcerer?

Anthony Stewart Head - best known and loved as Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - will return to US television next year as Uther Pendragon in the NBC (via BBC) series Merlin.

NBC's statement:
MERLIN - "Merlin" brings to life a new legend for a modern audience. "Merlin" is an exciting, hour-long fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot -- but inspired by 21st Century storytelling. Before Merlin (Colin Morgan, "Doctor Who") and Arthur (Bradley James, "Lewis") became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure, hoping to live up to their family's expectations, discovering love and finding their own true destiny, making mistakes along the way. The innovative, action-packed drama has cross-generational appeal and paints a picture of Merlin and Arthur's early life that audiences have never witnessed before. Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Richard Wilson ("A Passage to India"), Angel Coulby ("Magicians") and Katie McGrath ("The Tudors") also star. A FremantleMedia Enterprises distribution of a Shine production for BBC.

The show is currently slated to begin airing in early 2009. It's a shame that Giles spin-off never happened.


Girl Friday K said...

It's a DAMN shame, but holy greatness, I'm so excited about this. I adore Head (ha.) and this just confirms that the BBC is stealing my heart away. (See Jekyll).

You know Giles wanted to be a sorcerer. It's sort of like being a grocer--just swap the apron with a robe . . .

And I second that damn shame. Giles was completely my Older Man Crush in my formative teen years. Well, him and Picard.

Elwood said...

I adore Head

I'm sorry...I didn't hear anything you said after that. :)

Girl Friday K said...

Your eyes went DEAF.

We both succumbed to the cheap jokes.