April 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - If there's one thing Gabriel Byrne has learned in recent years, it's the importance of a comfortable chair. After a marathon 106 episodes as psychologist Paul Weston on the HBO drama "In Treatment," Byrne stars in "Vikings," History's first full-length scripted series, as Earl Haraldson, a Norse chieftain with a flowing salt-and-pepper mane (all his own, thank you very much) and a taste for cruelty. Despite the considerable differences between the shows - one set almost entirely in a shrink's office in brownstone Brooklyn, the other in 8th century Scandinavia - they both left Byrne, well, uncomfortable.
April 5, 2013 |
Fans of basic cable savagery can let out a primal "Yawp" of delight. History's "Vikings" will be returning for a second season. The scripted one-hour drama is currently still airing its first season (there are four episodes still left to go in the nine-episode season), but it's doing well enough in the ratings to merit at least 10 more episodes. The series premiere drew in an audience of over 6 million viewers, topping all the broadcast networks in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
March 28, 2013 |
Though the Miami Dolphins might have unceremoniously announced their uniform changes thanks to a few leaked images, the Minnesota Vikings have taken a decidedly different route to unveiling their new duds and turned it into a game. The Vikings will officially debut the team's new look during the team's 2013 NFL draft party at Mall of America Field on April 25. Until then, fans can unlock special previews of the new uniforms by connecting with Minnesota's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts through the Vikings Uniform Insider , where engagement will result in teasers about the new garb.
March 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - For the first five games of the CIF state basketball championships played Friday at Sleep Train Arena, shooters were off target. Again and again. Four of the 10 teams didn't make it out of the 20s in shooting percentage. And Southern California teams won every game. By the final game of the night, the Division I championship, hometown favorite Elk Grove Pleasant Grove finally gave Northern California fans something to cheer about. With senior guards Matthew Hayes and Malik Thames scoring from outside and an ailing Jordan Mathews failing to reach any kind of comfort zone, Pleasant Grove was able to dominate Santa Monica en route to a 73-57 victory to gain the school's first state championship.
March 16, 2013 |
With a trip to Sacramento at stake, the player who has risen up in big games all season, Jordan Mathews, came through again for Santa Monica High, calmly sinking a three-pointer with two seconds left, giving the Vikings a 53-50 victory over Los Angeles Loyola in the CIF Southern California Regional Division I boys' basketball final Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. "Big-time players make big-time shots, and we wanted the ball in Jordan's hands," Santa Monica Coach James Hecht said.
March 15, 2013 |
Greg Jennings will now call Minnesota home after seven years of playing for the enemy -- the Green Bay Packers. The free-agent receiver reportedly agreed to a five-year contract with the Vikings worth a maximum of $47.5 million with $18 million guaranteed, according to ESPN . "It is a business, and this has happened before," Jennings said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . "I'm not the first Packer player to...
March 11, 2013 |
Percy Harvin got his wish. After reportedly demanding a trade out of Minnesota over the weekend, Harvin has been dealt to the Seattle Seahawks pending a physical, according to multiple sources. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to report the deal, which seems to work out for everyone involved. The Vikings are to receive three draft picks from the Seahawks -- a first-round (No. 25 overall) and a seventh-round this year, and a mid-round pick in 2014 -- for a player who had threatened to hold out well into the 2013 season and appeared to have no intention of sticking around once his rookie contract ran out a year from now. The Seahawks add a former Pro Bowler and 2009 offensive rookie of the year to a receiving corps that already includes Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.
March 9, 2013 |
Surfers, skateboarders and beachgoers rejoiced Saturday night. They got to avoid the usual traffic jams to pack the Santa Monica High gym for a Division I state basketball playoff game between two Westside schools less than five miles apart. Santa Monica and Palisades engaged in an old-fashioned neighborhood showdown, and what an entertaining show it was. Palisades, a City Section Division I semifinalist, seemed to take control in the third quarter and led by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter.
March 4, 2013 |
And on the seventh day, History created humongous ratings. The cable network got its prayers answered by retelling two epics Sunday. First, its 10-part, Mark Burnett-produced miniseries "The Bible" premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That made it the No. 1 entertainment telecast of the year on cable TV. Then, at 10 p.m., the network followed up with the initial installment of "The Vikings," its first scripted series, which slapped horned helmets on 6.2 million viewers.
March 2, 2013 |
With the possible exception of that football team in Minnesota, the vikings have seen some fairly serious brand slippage over the years. Once the scourge of Europe, vikings have increasingly lost their mojo - the Wagnerian soprano in the horned hat and even the scraggly barbarians of Capitol One ads are actually Visigoths, although the Viking cruise line still proudly tours where its titular progenitors once conquered. So the time is right for an image refurbishment, and here is History, in the midst of its own makeover, to provide just that.