The History Channel is getting with the times by ordering its first scripted series. Of course, it will be a period drama. The network announced Tuesday its plans to begin production on “Vikings,” to be executive produced by Michael Hirst, the man behind Showtime’s “The Tudors.”
The series, which has been given a full-season commitment, comes from MGM and will chronicle the fascinating world of the Norsemen who ruled during medieval times. Although based on the adventures of the mighty warriors, “Vikings” will also be a “family saga,” according to the release, focusing on Ragnar Lothbrok, an actual historical figure, and his rise to become the King of the Viking tribes.
It’s scheduled to premiere in 2013 and will be filmed primarily in Ireland.
“This is an amazing crossroads for HISTORY embarking on our first scripted series,” Nancy Dubuc, History President said in a statement. “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. We will explore the mysteries of the Vikings – the adventures they took and the people who led them. And we will start to understand a past that is very much part of our collective DNA today.”