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NBC Developing Beatles Event Series

NBC is in the early stages of developing a Beatlesevent series, Deadline reports.

The eight-part series will be written by Michael Hirst, the creator of The Tudors and Vikings, who will executive produce with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg.

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History Renews Vikings for Season 3

Get ready for more Vikings.

History has renewed the drama series for a third season, which will air in 2015, the cable channel announced Tuesday.

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Vikings Postmortem: George Blagden on Athelstan's Shocking Fate

[WARNING: The following contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Vikings. Read at your own risk.]

Vikings is no stranger to violence, but what happened to Athelstan this week was almost too painful to watch.

The former monk-turned-Viking warrior was captured by the Anglo-Saxons and, in a cruel twist of fate, strung up and crucified wearing a crown of thorns. George Blagden spoke to TVGuide.com about filming the excruciating ordeal, what's next for Athelstan and more.

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Clip 4)
Filming in Ireland
Camelot Extra
Vikings: Answers In Blood

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age
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Year Title Description
2013 Vikings TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2013 Vikings TV Show Series, Creator
2013 Vikings TV Show Series, Writer
2011 The Borgias TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2011 Camelot TV Show Series, Executive Producer

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On the Set: Vikings Roars Back for Season 2

"One must always think the worst, even of your own kin," advises wise boat builder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) in the opening moments of Vikings' Season 2 premiere. It's a warning Norse leader Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) must heed when his army faces off against that of his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) in a violent melee that has the 8th-century warriors fighting for their lives.

"There's going to be... read more

Rewriting History: What's Next As Hits The Bible, Vikings Change The Cable Network's Course

The Bible and Vikings made History last month in more ways than one. Both the religious miniseries and the period drama helped the channel ascend to the No. 1 spot among cable networks during March. That means less than a year after Hatfields & McCoys launched History into the scripted world, the channel is now three-for-three with original dramas.

History has come a long way from the days when it was mostly known for running... read more

History Sets Sail With the New Series Vikings

A Viking raider caps off a growled command at his men by driving his ax into the ground. Hard. Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is as strong as the steel blade — and just as lethal. He's a Norse legend brought to life in Vikings, History's first scripted series. "Ragnar is very ambitious," says ­Fimmel on set in Ireland, near the ­famous Powerscourt waterfall. "He starts out as a farmer, but it's not enough for him. He seeks adventure, knowledge and fame."

And to get it, he's gonna need a better boat. Ragnar secretly commissions the creation of a lighter, faster version of... read more

Oh, Henry! The Tudors Shows It's Good to Be King

On a sunny September day near Killruddery House, an Elizabethan mansion outside of Dublin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers strides imperiously across an immaculately seeded lawn. Clad in a purple velvet cloak and an elaborately embroidered rose-colored doublet, he looks every inch the king he is portraying. Relaxing in his trailer later, the 29-year-old actor admits that the spirit of King Henry VIII, his role in Showtime's new 10-part series, The Tudors (Sundays at 10 pm/ET), has inhabited him so thoroughly that his demands — mainly along the lines of "Get us a cup of tea, love," he says — have become more regal, too. "There is a certain level of arrogance that has to seep into your system if you are playing the king," Rhys Meyers says with a smile. "Although I'm sure it was there before." For those whose memories need read more

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