History®’s #1 Drama Vikings Returns Wednesday, November 28 At 9 p.m. ET/PT

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July 20, 2018


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TORONTO – July 20, 2018HISTORY’s #1 drama* Vikings returns on Wednesday, November 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The mid-season five premiere date and exclusive trailer was announced today from San Diego Comic-Con International to nearly 5,000 fans during the Vikings cast panel.

In the first half of season five, the divide between the Lothbrok family climaxes with Ragnar’s sons battling each other to rule the world. The long-awaited face-off ends with a strategic victory going to Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) who vows vengeance on his betrayers with a direct target on Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) back. Last seen in an unstable state and losing her appearance as a fierce Viking warrior, Lagertha is hopeful she will regain her spot in Kattegat as its rightful leader.

Season five returns on November 28 with the arrival of a legendary Viking, the famous Duke Rollo (Clive Standen), who causes further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its King. As Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Ivar’s tyrannical reign over Scandinavia ushers in a new dark age, the likes of which have never been seen. Ultimately, Ivar’s reign will not go unchallenged by the sons of Ragnar and old enemies will become allies to defeat the despot who has declared himself a God on earth. Meanwhile in Iceland, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) battles the elements, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a Viking colony on the beautiful and desolate landscape.

The highly-anticipated season five debut was the most-watched premiere of 2017 on HISTORY,** and reigned as the #1 Canadian drama across all Canadian entertainment specialty for Fall 2017/ Winter2018.***

Vikings is the critically acclaimed series from creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award® winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series The Tudors) and is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn of TM Productions (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 and Alan Gasmer. Arturo Interian is executive producer for HISTORY.

Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by TM Productions and Take 5 Productions. MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. Vikings is produced in association with Corus Entertainment. Season six of Vikings is currently in production in Ireland. Fans can catch up on previous seasons of Vikings on Video-on-Demand.

HISTORY® is a Corus Entertainment Inc. network.

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Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

*Numeris PPM Data. SP18 (Jan 1/18 – May 27/18) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. Ind.2+ and A25-54.
**Numeris PPM Data. Jan 1/17-Dec 31/17 – confirmed data. Total Canada/AMA(000). History. Ind.2+ and A25-54.
***Numeris PPM Data. FL17 (Aug 28/17 – Dec 31/17), SP18 (Jan 1/18 – May 27/18) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. Ind.2+ and A25-54

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