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History Picks Up ‘Vikings’ for Season Five

20 New Episodes Ordered

History has picked-up a fifth season of scripted drama “Vikings” from MGM Television, with an order for 20 new episodes. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) will join the show, and production on the upcoming fifth season will begin this summer.

Debuting on March 3, 2013, “Vikings” follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his crew and family. The renewal will increase the episode tally of “Vikings” to 69.

“‘Vikings’ 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,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. “We are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into season five.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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