The History Channel recently announced some exciting news about their hit show, Vikings. To no one’s surprise, the fictional account of real Viking warrior, Ragnar Lothbrok, played by the talented Travis Fimmel, has been renewed for a 5th season. On top of that, Jonathan Rhys Myers (The Tudors, Dracula), who will star in The History Channel’s upcoming event, Roots, has been cast.
No word as of yet on the role for Rhys Meyers, but who cares? He plays complex on the side of evil so well, he will be great in whatever it is. And with the 5th season having 20 episodes like the newly expanded 4th season, we are gifted with another double dose of Vikings.
I cannot wait to see the Fimmel vs. Rhys Myers matchup.
Vikings airs Thursday nights at 10pm ET on The History Channel.
The History Channel’s press release:
JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS JOINS HISTORY’S ‘VIKINGS’ FOR SEASON 5
HISTORYÂ® GREENLIGHTS HIT DRAMA SERIES â€˜VIKINGSâ€™ FOR A FIFTH SEASON
GOLDEN GLOBEÂ® AWARD WINNER JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS JOINS THE CAST.
NETWORK ORDERS 20 EPISODES TO AIR IN 2017
New York, NY â€“ March 17, 2016 â€“ HISTORY has picked up a 20 episode fifth season of the critically acclaimed drama series â€œVikings,â€ it was announced today by Jana Bennett, President and General Manager of HISTORY. Golden GlobeÂ® Award winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (â€œThe Tudors,â€ â€œRootsâ€) joins the cast for season five.
â€œThe brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,â€ said Bennett. â€œâ€™Vikingsâ€™ has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the HISTORY family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of â€˜Rootsâ€™.â€
MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings â€œVikingsâ€ to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.
â€œâ€™Vikingsâ€™ continues to be a powerhouse series worldwide, bolstered by the ongoing support from HISTORY and the direction of our first-class creative team, led by Michael Hirst, and partners World 2000 and Take 5 Productions,â€ said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. â€œWe are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into Season 5.â€
â€œVikingsâ€ remains a top ten cable drama series and is the #1 telecast on Thursday nights on cable in all key demographics within Live +3 delivery garnering 4.2 million total viewers, 2.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 million Adults 18-49.
Season Five of â€œVikingsâ€ will begin production this summer to air in 2017.
From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy AwardÂ® winning film Elizabeth and the EmmyÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® nominated series â€œThe Tudorsâ€), â€œVikingsâ€ is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages.
New episodes of season four of â€œVikingsâ€ currently air every Thursday at 10 p.m., with an additional ten episodes scheduled to air later this year
Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan Oâ€™Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; â€œThe Tudorsâ€), Sheila Hockin (â€œThe Tudors,â€ â€œPenny Dreadfulâ€), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (â€œThe Tudors,â€ â€œThe Borgiasâ€), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (â€œThe Tudors,â€ â€œThe Borgiasâ€). Jana Bennett and Arturo Interian are the executives in charge of production for HISTORY.
â€œVikingsâ€ is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts domestically in the U.S. â€œVikingsâ€ is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series also airs on HISTORY in Canada.