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After the surprising success of the Hatfields & McCoys in May, the History Channel is launching a new scripted series, this time taking us to Scandinavia with Vikings. The network announced today that the series will begin in March 2013.
The first of nine episodes will air on March 3 at 10 p.m., reports TVOverMind. The Tudors’ Michael Hirst created the series, which is an Irish/Canadian co-production. It focuses on Ragnar Lothbrok, a young farmer hoping to explore the world with his friend Floki. They build ships the world has never seen before, but their chieftain doesn’t see the point in their ambitious dreams. Religion will also play a key part in the series, since Ragnar believes he is a descendant of the god Odin.
Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar with Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki. The chieftain will be played by Gabriel Byrne.
According to The Wrap, History also released a trailer for the series, which focuses on the violent aspects of the show. “The storm is coming,” the ad promises.
The Hatfields & McCoys mini-series was a huge success for the network, with the third and final episode drawing a record 14.3 million viewers. Over its three nights, the series drew 13.8 million viewers, averaging 4.9 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo.