History to debut scripted series “Vikings” in March

American network History will embark on its second major scripted venture when it begins airing the nine-part drama series Vikings (pictured) on March 3.
December 20, 2012

History will begin airing the nine-part scripted series Vikings (pictured) on March 3 at 10 p.m. EST

Created and written by Michael Hirst and starring Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne, the series marks the U.S. cable network’s second major foray into scripted in the wake of its hit series Hatfields & McCoys.

The Dark Age drama portrays the bloody conflicts of the Norse warrior society through the eyes of a Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel), a young, frustrated farmer with ambitions to discover civilizations across the ocean. It co-stars Gustaf Skarsgard, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden and Clive Standen.

Vikings is an Irish/Canadian coproduction between World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn and Sheila Hockin serve as executive producers. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are executives in charges of production for History.

MGM Television will distribute the series outside the United States, Canada and Ireland. The series is produced in association with Shaw Media and will also air on History in Canada.

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