Jessalyn-Gilsig_VikingsOne of the Canadian stars of History’s epic scripted series Vikings has promised a “shocking” start to the new season.

Jessalyn Gilsig says the historical series will return with a bang early next year and hints that not everyone will survive, including herself.

“The first episode [back] is really shocking,” Gilsig told TV Guide Canada. “I feel like Michael [Hirst, writer] is saying, ‘Look, we have an amazing fan base and everyone loves these characters, but we’re living in a world where mortality is in question every single moment of every day, and every one of these characters is expendable.’ He’s pretty ruthless from the first script.” Continue reading »

AlexanderLudwigCanadian actor Alexander Ludwig has joined the cast of History’s scripted series Vikings.

The Hunger Games actor will join the second season of the hit drama as Bjorn, the “intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok”, alongside Linus Roache (Law & Order) who will play Ecbert, King of Wessex.

Over the nine weeks in season one, Vikings became the #1 new specialty drama of the year in Canada (A25-54), averaging 923,000viewers 2+ and 476,000 viewers Adults 25-54.

History has picked up Vikings for a 10-episode second season. Season two will begin production this summer and is slated to return in 2014. Continue reading »

Vikings2History has renewed their scripted series Vikings just five episodes into the first season.

Vikings is the #1 new Canadian scripted specialty debut of 2013, premiering to over 1.1 million viewers (2+) and nearly 600,000(A25-54). The hit historical drama averaged 942,000 total viewers (2+), and 475,000 Adults 25-54 in its 10 p.m. timeslot. The series is also the #1 scripted series to-date this broadcast year across key female demos.

“Right out of the gate, Canadian audiences and critics alike have been captivated by Vikings,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “With Michael Hirst’s brilliant storytelling and the performances by the exceptional ensemble cast, the series has flawlessly captured the spirit of this elusive and complicated culture. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this world and look forward to delving deeper into it in season two.” Continue reading »

The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century.

Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral and powerful than their reputation suggests.

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in Vikings, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on History. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but through the eyes of Viking society.
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History and Shaw Media announced today additional casting for the new scripted series, Vikings, including Travis Fimmel (The Beast, Baytown Outlaws) as Ragnar, the first great Viking leader, a man of both history and myth; Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) as Floki, a close friend of Ragnar’s who is an eccentric jokester yet an inventive, creative boat-builder and Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s excessive, cruel cousin.

The series also welcomes two high-profile Canadian actresses. Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) has signed to play Siggy Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife and Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs) will play Lagertha, Ragnar’s first wife and famous shield maiden who often fights alongside him.

Notable Canadian director Ken Girotti (Bomb Girls, Copper, Fairly Legal), has signed on to direct a number of episodes. He joins Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), who is set to direct episodes 1 – 3 of the series. Continue reading »