MGM Developing 10-Episode ‘Vikings’ Series

Well, anyone who’s been reading this blog for any length of time, or who knows me personally, should know that this would catch my eye. I loved The Tudors, and I love the Norse. I’m looking forward to it already! From the Hollywood Reporter:

The Irish-Canadian co-production marks the studio’s first original TV programming after emerging from bankruptcy last year.

MGM is teaming with Camelot and The Tudors duo Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan on a 10-episode drama series, Vikings.

The project, which MGM will distribute in the U.S. and abroad, will revolve around the Scandinavian warriors. The series is the brainchild of Hirst, who co-created Starz’s Camelot and created Showtime’s The Tudors.

Hirst will likely be the predominant writer on the series, which will follow the Vikings’ exploits from the late 8th to mid-11th century and revolve around Viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok.

Hirst will executive produce with O’Sullivan and producers/managers Sherry Marsh and Alan Gasmer. Production is scheduled to start next year at O’Sullivan’s new studio facility in Ireland.

Vikings will be an Irish-Canadian co-production with MGM financing the cost outside of Canada and Ireland.

The project marks the first original TV program after MGM’s emergence from bankruptcy last year.

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7 thoughts on “MGM Developing 10-Episode ‘Vikings’ Series

  1. I could enjoy the Tudors in the same way I could enjoy Rome (or, for that matter, The Borgias). Something that was strictly historical would probably be quite dull, but it did follow the broad outline of history sufficiently that I wasn't screaming at the television. Plus, the sets, costumes, and acting were pretty damn good, I thought.

    Plus, Tudor England isn't exactly my period of specialty. I might find myself a tad more exasperated by Vikings…

  2. As a Heathen descendant of Danish Vikings I can only hope they do it well. The Tudors was good, but extremely condensed. Camelot just sucks. I am hoping Vikings won't force me to seek vengeance upon them 🙂

  3. Rome (season 1) was absolutely fantastic. I can only hope that this Vikings series is half as good. Haven't seen The Tudors or Camelot so I can't compare. Maybe it will be a little slice of Norse Valhalla, the three F's, fighting, feasting and f… sex. We can just pray to the Allfather that they don't screw it up.

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