History Is Overrun By ‘Vikings’

The former History Channel gets its first scripted drama series from the producers of "The Tudors" and "Camelot."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

There's a new player in the cable drama arena… and it's the network formerly known as The History Channel?

History is making a major push into drama with "Vikings," the first scripted series in the history of the network. Set to run for ten episodes in its first season, "Vikings" will delve into "the world of the mighty Norsemen who raided, traded and explored during medieval times."  The lead character will be Ragnar Lothbrok, a historical figure who is considered to be one of the greatest heroes of his era. "Vikings" will follow Ragnar as he rises to become a fierce warrior and ultimately the King of the Viking tribes.

"The Tudors" and "Camelot" creator Michael Hirst has teamed up with Morgan O’Sullivan for "Vikings," which will be produced by MGM TV and filmed in Ireland and at other locations in Northern Europe.

“There is no better way to introduce the world to the new MGM Television Studios than with a powerful and epic drama like 'Vikings,'” said MGM TV's President, Roma Khanna.

"This is an amazing crossroads for History embarking on our first scripted series,” added History general manager, Nancy Dubuc. “People think they know about the Vikings – we see references to them all the time in our popular culture from TV commercials to football teams – but the reality is so much more fascinating and complex, more vivid, visceral and powerful than popular legend.”

"Vikings" will debut on History in 2013.