Thursday, March 17, 2016

History Renews 'Vikings' for Season 5

Four episodes into the drama's fourth season, History has announced a fifth season renewal for its original drama series Vikings. As with the current season, Season 5 will include 20 episodes that will debut in 2017 - likely in two separate chunks.

In addition to the renewal, the network has also announced that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Roots) has joined the cast for the fifth season as a new series regular.

The cast for the current fourth season includes Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Alyssa Sutherland, Linus Roache, Ben Robson, Lothaire Blutau, John Kavanagh and Peter Franzén.

"The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television," said Jana Bennett, President, History Channel. "Vikings has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots."

Vikings continues to be a strong performer for History. When factoring in three days of DVR usage, the current fourth season is averaging 4.2 million total viewers, 2.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 million Adults under 50.

The renewal comes as History is plotting a further expansion into original scripted programming. The upcoming slate includes a remake of hit miniseries Roots (debuting on Memorial Day 2016) as well as new series Six (starring Barry Sloane and Joe Manganiello) and Knightfall (executive produced by Jeremy Renner).