"Vikings" star Gabriel Byrne (Photo: Jonathan Hession/History)

TV’s New Drama ‘Vikings’ Sheds Light on Dark Age

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK ASHFORD, Ireland (AP) — If historical fiction guru Michael Hirst has his way, a legendary Viking raider named Ragnar soon will conquer North America on behalf of the History channel. History’s ambitious Dark Ages drama “Vikings,” debuting Sunday after five months of filming in Ireland, dramatizes the myth-cloaked story of Ragnar Lothbrok, […]

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History Orders First Scripted Series, ‘Vikings’

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, […]

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