Re: sf/f TV development news - 2013
Merlin was pretty good, when I got to see it.
The show was pretty good for quite some time, but near the end it got so bad that I actually stopped watching it even though I was only a few episodes away from the finale. It simply became unbearable (and that's coming from someone who watched ENT in its entirety).
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.