NBC unveils summer schedule of sci-fi, including Merlin and Listener

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

NBC unveiled its summer lineup on Thursday, including the premiere of the SF&F shows Merlin and The Listener and the sci-fi miniseries Meteor and The Storm.

The network also announced the season finale of Medium on June 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The Listener debuts Thursday, June 4, at 10 p.m. Merlin premieres Sunday, June 21, at 8 p.m. The Meteor airs Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, at 9 p.m. The Storm airs Sunday, July 19, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 26, at 9 p.m.

Merlin is a new 13-part drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend. In the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began, Merlin (Colin Morgan) is a young man with magical powers who arrives in the kingdom and quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur (Bradley James). Guided by Uther's wise physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets. Merlin was created and produced by Shine Television (executive-produced by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps) for the BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises.

The Listener centers on Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik), a 25-year-old paramedic who has a big secret: He's a telepath. Until now, Toby kept his ability hidden, exploring its possibilities only with his longtime mentor and confidant, Dr. Ray Mercer (Colm Feore). As he makes the rounds with his energetic paramedic partner—"Oz" Bey (Ennis Esmer)—Toby tries to help people in crisis and, in the process, unravel the truth about his past, with the help of detective Charlie Marks (Lisa Marcos) and his ER doctor/ex-girlfriend, Olivia Fawcett (Mylène Dinh-Robic). The Listener is executive-produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie, Michael Amo, Tom Chehak and Clement Virgo.

In Meteor, two massive rocks older than the solar system collide in space, sending each on a collision course with Earth. Dr. Lehman (Christopher Lloyd) discovers that a meteor three times the size of Mount Everest is heading for Earth. His devoted young assistant Imogene O'Neill (Marla Sokoloff) feverishly types in the coordinates, only to find the previously identified meteor named Kassandra is also headed their way. This is only the beginning of their troubles, as showers of smaller meteorites begin to lay waste to major cities around the globe. The miniseries also stars Stacy Keach, Billy Campbell, Michael Rooker and Jason Alexander.

The Storm centers on billionaire Robert Terrell (Treat Williams), who has made history with "weather creation" technology though his Atmospheric Research Institute. But during a test run, a blast of energy is sent into the ionosphere, causing disastrous hurricanes, winds, torrential rains and explosive lightning storms. Dr. Jonathan Kirk (James Van Der Beek) takes on Terrell and his technology with the help of news reporter Danni Wilson (Teri Polo). The cast also includes John Larroquette, Luke Perry and Marisol Nichols.