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Making of "Merlin" Proves An Adventure In Itself
Telling an ancient story in a new way is no easy feat - and for the producers of NBC's "Merlin," which debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 21, on NBC, it led to an adventure in and of itself.
Exploring the exciting realm of Camelot hadn't been attempted in a while, explains producer Johnny Capps, and was an idea that immediately appealed to him and producing partner Julian Murphy.
"We wanted to produce something that merged the legend with big, family entertainment," he says. "We didn't want to make a 15th-century version of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table."
As the incredible fantasy worlds of Middle Earth, Narnia and Hogwarts gained in popularity, Capps and Murphy - along with writer Jake Michie - felt the time was right to re-explore Camelot.
They knew it wouldn't be easy.
"We have a very large magnifying glass put on us," Capps acknowledges. "Some people who love the legend of Merlin will be horrified when they see that he and Arthur are contemporaries in our version. But this is an epic, family show. We've got big stories - Lancelot fighting griffins, a talking dragon. But within that, we also have to have small, human stories and universal emotions."