History said it's picked up a 20-episode fifth season of hit drama series Vikings. Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- who played Henry VIII in Vikings creator Michael Hirst's Showtime series The Tudors -- is joining the cast of the MGM Television series. History said Vikings, which was the network's first scripted drama, is still a top-10 cable drama series and is the top telecast on Thursday nights on cable in all key demographics within Live +3 delivery garnering 4.2 million total viewers, 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49.
The show's fourth series is now underway on Thursday nights, with 10 more episodes to run, the network said. Season-five episode production starts this summer, and new episodes will air in 2017.
Production credits: Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. Vikings is produced in association with Shaw Media and the series also airs on History in Canada.