We’ve had werewolves, zombies, vampires, cowboys, and superheroes all on TV over the course of the past several years … so isn’t it appropriate we now had a visit from some vikings? (No, viking vampire Eric from “True Blood” does not count.)
On Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, History is going to launch their first-ever original scripted series in “Vikings,” which focuses on a man in Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a strong-willed man constantly on the look to conquer some new worlds. Michael Hirst create and wrote the pilot episode, and there is one other name that may be familiar to some of you out there on the cast list: Jessalyn Gilsig, who is otherwise known for her role as playing Will Schuster’s crazy ex-wife Terri on “Glee.”
This show is an interesting gamble for the largely-unscripted network, which is obviously trying to capitalize on the immense success of their “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries from earlier this year. The challenge here with “Vikings,” though, is that there is no big-name star like Kevin Costner anchoring the cast. In addition to that, there is also no defined main character who is popular or familiar with viewers prior to the show even airing, as there is still so much about Viking culture that we are in the dark about compared to family feuds on American soil.
With this being said, we hope the show is a hit: the trailer is fun, shows off some pretty impressive costume design, and you know considering the channel that there will at least be some effort put in to capture the spirit of the time.
What do you think about this idea for a show, and are you interested in watching? If you want to read some love that History is receiving from awards shows at the moment, you can do so over here.