HISTORY® orders third season of Vikings

Hit scripted series earns 10 episode order

Six new episodes remain this season, airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT

Season two finale scheduled for Thursday, May 1

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NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - HISTORY® announced today that it has picked up a 10 episode third season of the acclaimed drama series, Vikings. The renewal comes for the series created and written by Michael Hirst just four episodes into the second season. Six new episodes remain in the sophomore season, airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT, with the season finale scheduled for Thursday, May 1.

"With top Canadian talent both in front of and behind the camera, it's gratifying that Vikings has become must-see television for Canadian audiences," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. "We can't wait to bring viewers a third season, and to give this first-class creative team the opportunity to further explore the richly drawn characters and complex relationships that remain at the heart of the series."

Vikings season one was the #1 specialty drama of 20131 and earned seven Canadian Screen Award nominations. Season two is currently the #1 Canadian specialty program2 among multiple key demos and is the #1 program on HISTORY3.

Production on season three will begin this summer to air in 2015. 

Vikings centres on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now that he is an Earl, with more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.

New to the cast of Vikings are Canadian Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor) as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok, and Linus Roache (Law & Order) as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition. They join Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok; Canadian Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar's wife; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar's impulsive, wild, care-free brother; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent Monk; Canadian Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Canadian Donal Logue as King Horik, who desires to make the increasingly famous Earl Ragnar an ally and supporter; Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Viking ships; and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar's new love interest.

Vikings is created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical storytellers in the industry (Academy Award-winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series The Tudors). Hirst serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O'Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias).

Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by Canada's Take 5 Productions and Ireland's World 2000. HISTORY broadcasts both domestically in Canada and in the U.S. MGM Television brings Vikings to global audiences, serving as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. Vikings is produced in association with Shaw Media.

1 Source: BBM Canada PPM data All Cdn Specialty 12/31/12-12/29/13, A25-54
2 Source: BBM Canada PPM Data: 1/06/14 – 3/20/14 Confirmed to March 9th, A2554, M2554, M1849, Ind2+ excluding sports
3 Source: BBM Canada PPM Data: 1/06/14 – 3/20/14 Confirmed to March 9th, Ind2+ and A25-54

HISTORY is a Shaw Media Network.

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