Last night on Syfy, Americans finally got to experience the Merlin series finale. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you handle your Merlin actor withdrawals!

It’s no secret that we here at Hypable are big fans of Merlin, and were very upset about the series’ end last December.

We did our best to help send the show off with a bang, celebrating with a series of articles under the headline Month of Merlin, and doing a full series rewatch on our Talks of Camelot podcast.

But until now, we’ve been able to avoid feeling the loss of the show, because as long as it was still airing in the U.S., it wasn’t really over. Well, Merlin fans, that excuse isn’t going to work anymore.

So what’s next? For the cast and crew, it’s a lot of very exciting new projects! And we couldn’t be happier to see most of the actors and writers finding new work because it means that we still get to watch them do their craft.

Here is our guide to the cast and crew of Merlin, which will hopefully help you in the days and weeks (and let’s face it, months and years) to come.

This article was written by Hypable staff members Selina Wilken and Pamela Gocobachi.

Julian Murphy & Johnny Capps (creators)

Julian Murphy and Johnny CappsAlthough you’ll find that the season 5 finale left fans very divided, there is no question that Capps and Murphy created a wonderful series.

The pair left the Merlin production company Shine, following the end of the show, but the good news is that they’ll still be working together, as executive producers on the new BBC series Atlantis.

Set to take Merlin‘s place on Saturday nights on BBC One this fall, Atlantis follows the young boy, Jason, as he arrives in the mythical and mysterious city of Atlantis.

And, like with Merlin, we all know the story: the famous city will eventually sink into the sea. Will we see that in the show? Probably, yeah. But before that, we have Jason and his friends embarking on what are sure to be epic adventures in a modern retelling of ancient Greek myths.

We’re sure that all Merlin fans will love Atlantis, especially seeing as Capps and Murphy are involved!

Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Colin MorganOf all the former cast members, it’s safe to say Colin Morgan has been one of the most active in securing roles since the end of BBC’s hit fantasy drama.

Since wrapping on Merlin, Morgan has landed a role in BBC’s upcoming mystery drama Quirke, based off of the popular book series by Irish writer John Banville (writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black).

Quirke, which is set in 1950s Dublin, is set to air sometime next year on the BBC; fans of Morgan can expect to see him in the third episode of the series entitled “Elegy For April” where he will play a local crime reporter who knows more about the mysterious death of a young girl than he lets on.

Fans who are lucky enough to find themselves in London sometime this summer can also catch Morgan at London’s historic Globe Theatre where Morgan is co-starring in the theatre’s stage production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Katie McGrath (Morgana)

Katie McGrath

Since finishing Merlin, McGrath fans have been able to catch the young actress in the 2012 miniseries Labyrinth, which aired in March in the U.K. and has since been released on DVD. McGrath will also appear on Dates, a Channel 4 drama which airs in June.

Finally, American audiences can look forward to seeing the newly blonde McGrath this fall on the new NBC series Dracula. Here she plays the young, vapid socialite Lucy Westenra, best friend of main female character Mina Murray (Victoria Smurfit). Dracula also stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the title character, and is set in Victorian Era London.

Angel Coulby (Guinevere)

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Gwen fans almost didn’t have time to miss the actress at all following the end of Merlin, as Coulby was already back on our screens in January. Starring in the period drama Dancing on the Edge, she played the jazz singer, Jessie, and we even got to hear her sing!

Coulby has kept a fairly low profile since then, but don’t worry: she has joined the cast of Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel, a remake of Scandinavian thriller drama The Bridge set in Britain and France. The cast also includes Clémence Poésy, Stephen Dillane and Joseph Mawle.

Anthony Head (Uther)

Anthony Head

Although we won’t get the chance to see Anthony Stewart Head as the Uther-esque King Clarkson in The Selection, since The CW chose not to pick up the reworked pilot episode, there’s still ample opportunity to watch Head in something besides Buffy rewatches (which, let’s face it, we’ll be doing anyway).

Head will be taking over the role of the centaur Chiron in Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters from Pierce Brosnan, who played the character in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

In the second Percy Jackson film, Chiron will most likely only be seen at Camp Half-Blood, but we’ll take it! This kind mentor is much more Giles than Uther, and we can’t wait to see Head put his own twist on the role.

The actor has also recently wrapped up filming for two movies, titled Convenience and Flying Home, both set for release in 2013.

Eoin Macken (Gwaine)

Eoin MackenThough Macken has kept busy since the end of Merlin by working on a few of his own side projects, American fans of the show can look forward to seeing the former Knight of Camelot on their television screens this fall!

Macken will star in NBC’s new medical drama series After Hours where he will portray the role of T.C. Callahan, an ex-army man who comes to work the graveyard shift at a small hospital located in San Antonio, TX after getting discharged.

Tom Hopper (Percival)

Tom HopperTom Hopper is heading out to sea in his first post-Merlin role! The former knight will star in Starz’s upcoming eight part mini series, Black Sails, produced by Transformers director Michael Bay.

The new pirate drama will act as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island and will follow the tale of the dangerous Captain Flint and his band of pirates.

Hopper will play a pirate named Billy Bones, first mate of The Walrus who becomes caught up in conflict between Captain Flint and his arch nemesis. Though Black Sails is currently being filmed in Cape Town, Africa, fans will unfortunately have to wait until early 2014 to catch this new series on television.

Santiago Cabrera (Lancelot)

Santiago CabreraFans of Santiago Cabrera can rest easy knowing they’ll soon be seeing him in yet another knight-like role! It was recently announced that the former Merlin actor would be starring in the upcoming BBC/BBC America co-production of The Musketeers.

Cabrera will take on the role of Aramis in the upcoming adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale set during the time of the French Revolution. The Musketeers is currently in pre-production and is set to premiere sometime next year.

Alexander Vlahos (Mordred)

Alex Vlahos

Vlahos has been staying busy since the end of Merlin. In early 2013, he starred in the excellent BBC miniseries Privates, and has since then announced two Kickstarter projects: one for a music video he will be appearing in, and one for a play titled Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated.

It was recently announced that Vlahos will be appearing as Malcolm in a stage production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which sees seasoned British actor Kenneth Branagh in the title role, and Doctor Who actress Alex Kingston as the haunting Lady Macbeth.

Finally, Vlahos has also recorded new episodes of The Confessions of Dorian Gray, the popular BBC radio production, as well as an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Bradley James (Arthur Pendragon)

Bradley James
Since wrapping on the series, Merlin’s Bradley James has kept a fairly low profile. Fans of James, however, can catch him in the recent sports film drama Fast Girls which was released just last year.

Fast Girls follows a group of female runners who dream of going for Olympic gold. In the film, James portrays the team’s physiotherapist and the love interest of main character Shania Andrews (Lenora Crichlow).

As for what’s next for the former King of Camelot, only time will tell, but just like you, we here at Hypable are hoping to hear casting news involving Mr. James sooner rather than later!

Rupert Young (Sir Leon) and Adetomiwa Edun (Sir Elyan)

Like Bradley James, actors Rupert Young and Adetomiwa Edun (who played Sir Leon and Sir Elyan respectively) have both kept a rather low profile since completing the fifth and final season of BBC’s hit fantasy drama.

Fans of Rupert Young can look forward to seeing him guest star in an upcoming episode of the BBC/Starz production of The White Queen. The series will tell the story of women in England fighting to take the throne and rule the country.

Fans of Adetomiwa Edun can expect to see the actor make his film debut sometime next year when he will star in director Anthony Onah’s debut feature Passengers.

That should satisfy and Merlin fan’s actor withdrawals! Of course we’re still waiting to hear what Bradley James is up to, and we wish him and all the other cast and crew good luck on future projects.

Also check out our previous Merlin Actor Guide, which highlights their best work before and during Merlin!

Here’s how Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ should split the books up

We still know next to nothing about Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ adaption, but we can dream.

8:45 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

There are few things in this world I am more excited about than the Netflix adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The casting so far is perfect. Neil Patrick Harris looks like a better Count Olaf than Jim Carrey did, and the kids selected to play Klaus and Violet look like they jumped right out of the book. Plus, Netflix is keeping Daniel Handler, the author, close at hand as a producer so they adapt the books accurately.

Impatient fans with nothing better to do, like myself, have to wonder, how will the books be broken up across a Netflix series? How do you transition 13 short children’s books into a format broken up by episodes and seasons?

The Game of Thrones option is out, because the ASOUE books are far too short to do a book a season. And also, 13 seasons just won’t happen. So what do you do? You do what the movie did and group them together. With that strategy in mind, here’s how I think A Series of Unfortunate Events will play out on Netflix, and what ground each season will cover:

Season 1: ‘The Bad Beginning,’ ‘The Reptile Room,’ ‘The Wide Window’

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The Baudelaires have never experienced tragedy before. When they learn of their parents’ death in a fire that destroyed their home, they simply don’t react. They don’t know how to. Before they can process any of their grief, they’re dragged into the custody of Count Olaf, a character who earns the title of the series’ antagonist. Count Olaf is after the Baudelaire fortune, an immense sum of money the children’s parents left behind for them to inherit when Violet, the oldest, turns 18. Through the entire series, Count Olaf deceives, kidnaps, steals, and kills to get what he wants. Every time, the Baudelaires narrowly evade his grasp. During the first three books the orphans visit the Count’s sinister, disgusting home, a room filled with fascinating reptiles, and a house dangling over a lake infested with flesh-eating leeches. This is just the start of the orphan’s troubles.

Season 2: ‘The Miserable Mill,’ ‘The Austere Academy,’ ‘The Ersatz Elevator’

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Through the next three books, the Baudelaires come to expect Count Olaf everywhere they go, and they’re right to do so. While meeting even more unpleasant characters, they also meet some who come to be their closest friends. The Quagmire children still consider themselves triplets, even though one of them died in a fire. The Quagmire triplets also have a large fortune waiting for them when they turn 18. The other triplets are also exceedingly smart, just like the Baudelaires. Count Olaf kidnaps the Quagmires, but before he can do so, Duncan Quagmire gives the reader, and the Baudelaires, the first glimpse into the mystery behind these unfortunate events, “V.F.D!” The mystery only grows larger when the orphans find a secret passage from one of their new guardian’s homes, to their old mansion, which is now reduced to ashes.

Season 3: ‘The Vile Village,’ ‘The Hostile Hospital,’ ‘The Carnivorous Carnival’

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The children no longer fall from guardian to guardian and are more or less on their own. They go to a village where they discover the Quagmire triplets are being held somewhere secret. By the time the Baudelaires figure out the location of the Quagmires, they are also running for their lives, as Count Olaf has managed to frame them for murder. The orphans are no longer safe anywhere. Meanwhile, the acronym V.F.D appears everywhere they go. The children come to find that V.F.D is a secret organization — an organization that their parents, Count Olaf, and many other characters they have met along the way are members of. This season will be fraught with violence, as it includes a harpooning, a surgery, and man-eating lions.

Season 4: ‘The Slippery Slope,’ ‘The Grim Grotto’

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The orphans begin to discover more and more about this secret organization, its history, and what it had to do with their parents. Eventually, they find the headquarters of the organization, but of course, it’s burnt down. They learn about a mysterious sugar bowl, and something that was contained inside which that caused the falling out of the entire organization, the organization splitting into two sides with two very different goals. At this point in the series, mystery will now be dominating.

Season 5: ‘The Penultimate Peril,’ ‘The End’

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In the last book, which I’m sure will take up most of the last season, we find the Baudelaire orphans on a remote island. One last time, Count Olaf finds them and has a final standoff with the children. The series comes together incredibly, with things from 10 books ago now once again coming into play, and mystery after mystery being solved. Ultimately, however, more questions are asked than answered. Thus the whole series heeds the advice of a submarine captain we met in book 11:

“Some things are better left unknown.”

All we know right now is that season 1 will be eight episodes long. Netflix is free to decide how many episodes each season will include, so the following seasons could potentially get longer as the story progresses.

These books are perfect for a TV series adaption. It was never meant to be a movie. In A Series of Unfortunate Events, characters die off constantly. Every book is filled with insane twists that will make House of Cards look like Sesame Street. Not only that, but the books are stuffed with colorful, imaginative locations, and addictive, outrageous characters begging to be brought to life in your web browser or on your Apple TV.

We still don’t have a release date, trailer, or anything really. All we can do
for now is watch this Very Fake Depiction of what a teaser trailer might look like:

How do you think Netflix will tell the Baudelaire Orphans’ story? Comment below!

‘Space Jam 2’ starring LeBron James finds director as script enters development

Welcome back to the Space Jam.

2:14 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Rumor no more! LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin are currently at work on a Space Jam sequel that will find the big (both literally and figuratively) basketball player in the leading role.

The Hollywood Reporter says that a Space Jam 2 script is currently being penned by Lin and writer Andrew Dodge. Very little else is known about the movie, but it’s safe to say it’s going to get a lot of attention as it makes its way through development. The original Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Toons became an instant classic thanks to the basketball theme and the fact that the animated characters were interacting with real actors.

Adding to its quirkiness, WB has kept the original Space Jam website online over all these years. Visit it. It’s amazing.

Space Jam hit theaters in 1996 and co-starred Larry Bird, Bill Murray, Thom Barry, Charles Barkley, Wayne Knight, and Theresa Randle. And the Looney Toons, of course.

LeBron James appeared in last year’s Trainwreck opposite Amy Schumer. We’re sure he’ll invite a few of his basketball friends to make appearances in Space Jam 2 like Jordan did in the original. While LeBron James’ interest in a Space Jam sequel has long been rumored, today’s report is the first time we’re hearing that the film has found a director, and that the script is now being worked on.

Lin is also known for directing Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.

Are you ready for another ‘Space Jam’?

While we wait (it’s probably going to be a while), watch the original trailer for Space Jam below. Damn, we miss the ’90s.

15 Broadway songs you must listen to

1:00 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Looking to discover some new Broadway show tunes? You’ve come to the right place. Don’t like Broadway show tunes? Wander over here, lets see if we can change your mind.

You have the Hamilton soundtrack memorized, you’ve seen more stagings of Rent than there have been years since it debuted on Broadway (20!). You’re looking for some more Broadway music to tap your toes to. Well, welcome, you are among friends in this article.

Chances are, you’ve heard of some of the songs on this playlist, if not on the theater stage, then in the pop lexicon (looking at you, Green Day, Carole King and Jersey Boys). These tunes are showstoppers, the reason the Great White Way has, and continues to, thrive.

We’ve compiled 15 songs — one hour, four minutes of music — that you may not have heard of before from shows you may have never seen. They’re a capsule look into the energy of the genre, and showcase the best Broadway has to offer — that is, the variety, the vitality and the vicious harmonies that thousands of performers crush night after night. The playlist was curated by various members of the Hypable team, so there’s a little bit of everything. Broadway shows, like all of entertainment, range in genre and can be divisive. One person’s Hamilton is another person’s Anything Goes. But, like all of entertainment, that’s the beauty in creating playlists like these. We can share and hopefully you can discover new music you might not have heard before.

The shows these songs originate from are cemented in history, they are part of the Old Guard, and they represent the transition into a modern-day Broadway, catering to audiences of all walks of life. This isn’t the typical list, no “Seasons of Love” or “Defying Gravity,” nor are there any particularly ‘deep cuts,’ all songs come from shows that should have familiar names. Some come from revival shows, some are brand-spankin’-new off original albums.

Take a listen and let us know what you think! They’ve been compiled into one handy dandy Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure, below.

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This article is a part of Hypable’s inaugural Broadway Week in celebration of the 2016 Tony nominations.