New York, New York, March 26, 2015 – HISTORY® has picked up a fourth season of its hit scripted series VIKINGS, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. VIKINGS is created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth) and five new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. with the season finale slated for Thursday, April 23 at 10 p.m.
On a Live +3 basis for the first five episodes in season three, VIKINGS is averaging 4.3 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 2.0 million Adults 18-49. For five weeks in a row, VIKINGS ranks as the number one cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos in Live +3 delivery.
Production on season four will begin this spring in Ireland.
“VIKINGS has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said Hoogstra. “We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.”
MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.
“VIKINGS is a tremendous success worldwide thanks to the visionary talents of Michael Hirst, the entire creative team and our partners at HISTORY,” said Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM. “We look forward to entertaining audiences worldwide with the next epic season.”
VIKINGS tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors and portrays life in the Dark Ages through the eyes of Viking society. The gripping family saga of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) continues in season three as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized and relationships are strained.
Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.
VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts domestically in the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series also airs on HISTORY in Canada.
EN.YIBADA.COM – Fans will see another fantasy film that is based from a video game – “Warcraft.” Director Duncan Jones and actor Travis Fimmel gave their insights on the film.
In January, film director Jones gave fans what to expect in the “Warcraft” film in his interview with 2P. Jones said the upcoming game-based film will demonstrate impressive special effects, which will be made possible by Bill Westenhoffer, Ang Lee, and Jeff White. Ramin Djawadi is set to score the film.
About the film plot, Jones tries to present the “Warcraft” with more emphasis on heroes on both sides of the Humans and Hordes doing their best to prevent the conflict from happening, not the typical war between the humans and the Orcs. In his point of view, the battle between the two sides will be triggered by the original villains.
When asked about his favorite, the director remained tight-lipped at first.
“As for favorites, I cannot do that! I am like a parent now! They are all wonderful in their own ways,” the Jones said.
However, the director finally revealed his pick among the heroes.
“…but if pushed, and ou want to know one of my favorite chararacters, Durotan is very special to me,” he said.
Actor Fimmel also hinted what fans can see in the movie in Digital Spy.
The Vikings actor said that shooting the film is a “whole different experience”, in addition to having the CGI stuffs as well as motion capture. Fimmel also expressed his excitement upon seeing the preview of the digital effects.
“The motion capture stuff is gonna be ground-breaking,” Finnel said.
“I’ve seen some images from it, and what they can create now with computers is unbelievable,” the actor added.
“Warcraft” is an upcoming epic fantasy film, which is based on the Warcraft video games series. The film is set in the world of Azeroth and will center on the origin events prior to the conflict between the Humans of Stormwind and the Orcish Horde.
The Humans of Stormwind will star Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Ben Foster as Magus Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria. The Orcish Horder will include Toby Kebbell as Durotan, Rob Kazinsky as Orgrim Doomhammer, Clancy Brown as Blackhand, and Daniel Wu as Gul’dan.
Other members of the cast include Paula Patton, Dean Redman, Burkely Duffield, Daniel Cudmore, and Callum Keith Rennie.
Jones is set to helm the upcoming fantasy film, together with Nicholas Carpenter, Stuart fenegan, Alex Gartner, Jon Jashni, Chris Metzen, Michael Morhaime, Brent O’Connor, Charles Roven, Paul Sams, Jillian Share, and Thomas Tull as his co-producers. Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen are set to pen the film story.
The film is to be produced by Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, and Atlas Entertainment and to be distributed by Universal Pictures. Filming locations include Burnaby and Vancouver in Bristish Columbia, Canada.
“Warcraft” is slated to premiere in theaters in the United States on March 11, 2016.
DIGITALSPY.COM – Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Vikings star Travis Fimmel has addressed the show’s future, insisting that there are “plenty more stories to write”.
Fimmel plays legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok in the series, which returns for a second season on History this week.
The actor told Digital Spy that the show’s longevity will depend on creator Michael Hirst, who writes every episode.
“It’s amazing that he writes every episode – and I don’t know how long he can keep doing that for,” Fimmel said. “But good on him – he’s a brilliant writer.
“There are so many good stories about the Vikings. Ragnar’s sons go on to do bigger and better things than he did, so there’s plenty more stories to write.”
Legend has it that Ragnar was finally defeated and thrown by his enemies into a pit of snakes, though Fimmel admitted that he is unsure if Vikings will follow this path.
“That’s probably what it’s gonna be – I hope it is,” he said. “But, you know, it’s still a drama show – you’ve got to make it exciting and adventurous, and we’ve got to make it better than just reading a history book.
“Nobody really knows the truth – some historians absolutely love the show and think it’s right on and others have problems with it. Because the Vikings never documented anything – they couldn’t read or write – the history is always gonna be a little up in the air.”
The fleet returns to Kattegat to find tragic circumstances await. Lagertha learns that her Earldom has been usurped and convinces Ragnar to travel to Hederby with her in an effort to reclaim her title. Ragnar causes great surprise when he announces the next raid. The Seer has interesting prophecies for Rollo.
The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancour in the Viking camp–Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf’s invitation.
WHATCULTURE.COM – History’s Vikings is known for its absolutely brutal fights, breath-taking Irish scenery, amazing theme song (If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray), and a cast of seriously beautiful, rugged men, with Travis Fimmel (who plays farmer-turned-king Ragnar Lothbrok) leading the pack.
The show focuses on the mythological Norse hero’s notorious raids on England and France and daily life for the warriors, shield-maidens, kings and princesses of the 10th century and with the third season underway, fans are dying to know more about the epic saga and its cast.
Travis Fimmel, the good-looking 35-year-old who plays Earl Ragnar Lothbrok, was born on 15 July 1979 and raised on a cattle ranch in a small town near Melbourne. He was the youngest of three brothers, his father was a farmer and his mother a nurse, and Travis grew up with old-school family values and a love for nature.
As if his good looks and piercing blue eyes (and an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Hunnam) aren’t enough to make you fall in love with him immediately it might be his humble nature that makes him most appealing of all.
Good looks aside, Travis is a brilliant actor who brings a sense of honesty to his characters. He’s so good, in fact, that they’ve picked him to play Sir Anduin Lothar in the new Warcraft film.
But what else do you need to know about the blue-eyed warrior king?
10. He Was The Calvin Klein Underwear Model Whose Billboard Caused Accidents In London
Whether you wanted to know about it or not, you knew about the famous Calvin Klein billboard that was the cause of traffic conjunctions and accidents on a busy London road, because women were drooling over his torso (among other things….) when they should have been focusing on the road.
Whether that was a real occurrence or just a rumour spread on the internet, is anyone’s guess, but it seems to have come from a time before the Internet was the gossip mongering loony bin it tends to be these days.
The billboard of Travis was so infamous that it was also the sole inspiration for the character of Smith Jerrod in Sex And The City.
9. He Prefers To Be Known For His Acting Rather Than His Modelling
In 2008 when he was asked to be a judge on Australia’s Make Me A Supermodel, Travis turned it down to focus on his acting career instead, and who could blame him?
If he didn’t make that move he’d probably still be judging models, and the world would have been deprived of his turn on Vikings.
Since then, he’s starred in the A&E series The Beast alongside Patrick Swayze, NBC’s Case, The WB’s Tarzan, the Fox movie Southern Comfort, Surfer Dude with Matthew McConaughey, Warner Brothers’ Pure Country 2: The Gift, The Baytown Outlaws, The Big Valley with American Horror Story star Jessica Lange, The Experiment with Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker and many more before finally landing his role in Vikings in 2013.
8. His Dream Was To Be A Pro Football Player
Travis grew up wanting to be a Pro Football Player and even played the sport while growing up with his two brothers and, of course at school. His coaches even praised him saying he was “incredible”.
Unfortunately (or is that fortunately?) it didn’t work out for him.
When Travis was a teenager he moved to Melbourne to pursue his dream. He was ready for the next step in his life and would have played professional AFL Football for the St Kilda Football Club, but disaster struck and he was side-lined before the season even began.
7. He’s Dated Rod Stewart’s Ex, Rachel Hunter
Being the heartthrob that he is, you would expect Travis to have a string of famous Hollywood hotties, but that isn’t the case. The most shocking thing about Travis’ dating life was that he was rumoured to have once dated Rod Stewart’s ex, former Sports Illustrated model Rachel Hunter, who is also a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Reports say that the couple dated back in 2002, but Rachel was married to Stewart from 1990-2006, so this pairing could very well just be a load of hogwash.. Rumour has it that he’s dated Mei Melançon (Rush Hour 2), Merrin Dungey (Alias), Jessica Miller (fashion model), Nicole Appleton (from the girl band All Saints) and Joy Bryant (Parenthood).
HERALDSUN.COM.AU – Bearded Vikings star Travis Fimmel has no problem pocketing a few extra bucks whenever he is mistaken for a homeless person.
“I get the homeless thing a lot.
“There was one time I was sitting outside a bank, waiting for a mate.
“I’m just sitting there in flip-flops and shorts and … a little old lady walks out, she seems a bit down, so I’m like, ‘G’day hun, how are ya?’, trying to cheer her up.
“I get a little smile out of her so I’m feeling good about myself.
“She walks about 20 yards past me and she comes back and goes, ‘Here you go, son’, gives me a dollar.
“I kept it … I didn’t wanna make her feel like she insulted me and obviously, I don’t care, it’s free money!”
Vikings Season Three airs on SBS One on Thursday nights.
Thanks so much to FarFarAway for photos of Travis and the cast in new promotional photos for Vikings. These are probably the best photos they have taken for the show and I absolutely love them. So check them out in the gallery.