On Thursday's Vikings (10/9c, History), Alexander Ludwig makes his debut as the new, more mature Bjorn. And though Ragnar's son has seemingly tripled in size, it's nice to see he's still rocking the same Skrillex undercut! But while Bjorn doesn't have the imposing beard or tattoos of many of his fellow Vikings, Ludwig promises he's grown to be an even better fighter than his father. Though, that's not to say he hasn't inherited some of his mother's better qualities, as well...
Vikings will jump ahead four years on Thursday's episode following the events of the season premiere, which saw the Lothbrok family torn apart. Unfortunately for poor, disgraced Rollo, his situation hasn't improved much since surrendering in battle and returning home an outcast.
"He's a broken man. He hates himself. He wants to leave and it's Siggy [Jessalyn Gilsig] who comes to his salvation," Clive Standen tells TVGuide.com.
Julianne Nicholson and Martin Henderson
The road of great expectations invariably contains its share of potholes. So it is with SundanceTV's The Red Road (Thursday, 9/8c), a lugubrious six-episode drama that's as overwrought as it is underwhelming, representing a rare misfire for the channel that brought us such outstanding originals as Top of the Lake and Rectify last year.
Travis Fimmel, Jefferson Hall
"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...
Travis Fimmel and Clive Standen
Vikings' first season saw Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) claw his way up from farmer to Earl, but the History Channel series was only getting started. "I'm amazed by Season 2. So much happens and it moves at such a pace. It's like blink and you'll miss it," Clive Standen, who plays Ragnar's brother Rollo, tells TVGuide.com.
When Vikings returns Thursday (10/9c), Ragnar will find everything he's worked for threatened by his brother's betrayal, new enemies in England and even his own ego. Standen and Katheryn Winnick, who plays Lagertha, break down exactly what viewers can expect from Vikings' anticipated second season.
Grab your armor and a bowl of popcorn — History Channel has announced the return date for Vikings!
The hit series' second season will premiere on...
Hayden Panetierre, Connie Britton
Summer is here and school is out! But like any good teacher, we have assigned some homework. (Don't worry, the beach will still be there tomorrow.)
With more great TV than ever available in so many different places, it's easy to miss a show or two. Below, we've hand-picked a dozen that you might not have noticed or simply didn't have the time for during the regular TV season. But they deserve your attention. Behold the 12 shows you should catch up on this summer:
Edi Gathegi and Radha Mitchell
It's not much of a spoiler alert to point out that the title character of ABC's Red Widow winds up in (sexy) mourning by the half-hour mark of Sunday's dreary two-hour premiere (9/8c). It's even less of a surprise, given the nature of this most dismal network midseason in recent memory, that these widow's weeds are fashioned from less than sturdy dramatic fabric.
Weeds being among the shows that dealt with this sort of subject with more imaginative verve. The subject: murderous drug intrigue cloaked in...
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...
Patrick Swayze by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage.com
A&E has ordered 13 episodes of The Beast, a drama series starring Patrick Swayze as an unorthodox FBI agent dogged by Internal Affairs. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year but has been responding well to treatment, and his doctors cleared him to return to work. "I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this multilayered, unpredictable and downright entertaining," says Swayze in a statement, "as well as a project this current and cutting-edged."The Beast and Ben Bratt's The Cleaner (premiering July 15) mark A&E's first original scripted dramas in six years. Production starts this summer in Chicago, says the Reporter, with an eye on an early 2009 bow. Matt MitovichRelated: Swayze: I'm Responding Well to Cancer Treatment Casting News: Swayze's Beastly Role