The U.S. network Starz's airing of the big-budget mini-series "Camelot" went well, however they decided this summer that they would not order more episodes of the show – so home-grown network CBC chose to pick it up.
"We're really excited to present [season 1] as a limited series," said Tom Hastings, CBC's creative head of drama, as reported by The Canadian Press. "It's a self-contained, very satisfying season."
"Camelot," which has been compared to the successful series "The Tudors" and features the same director, centres around King Arthur, his Arthurian legend, and his historic Knights of the Round Table. In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future and installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir. But Arthur's half-sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end to claim the crown. Faced with the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination.
The series stars Jamie Campbell Bower ("Sweeney Todd," "Twilight: New Moon") as King Arthur, Eva Green ("Casino Royale") as Morgan, Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love") as Merlin, along with Tamsin Egerton ("Money"). Winnipeg native Peter Mooney of "Being Erica" fame, who plays Arthur's brother Kay, said this about their new modern version of characters like Merlin: "He's got a shaved head and lots of tatts. If you're looking for a long white beard and a pointy hat, it's a different show."
You can catch the premiere of "Camelot" on Tuesday, September 13th at 9pm on CBC.