MIPTV: Canal Plus Picks Up 'Banshee' and 'Vikings'

Stuart Kemp
MIPTV: Canal Plus Picks Up 'Banshee' and 'Vikings'

French pay-TV giant Canal Plus has inked deals for the first seasons of two U.S. shows, Banshee from creator and producer Alan Ball and Vikings, from showrunner Michael Hirst.

Canal Plus subscribers will get 10 episodes of Banshee, starring Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale) and Frankie Faison (The Good Wife).

The show centers on Lucas Hood (Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.

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Canal Plus will schedule the show to air in 2014.

Premium cable network Cinemax ordered season two in January this year for the U.S.

The French operator also inked a deal for Vikings, a show developed by the History Channel, which premiered stateside with 8.5 million viewers.

Vikings follows the lives and adventures of the Dark Age raiders, traders and explorers through the eyes of Viking society and marks the first scripted series for the History Channel.

Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden, Clive Standen and Gustaf Skarsgard star. The History Channel has already commissioned a second season of the show.

It will air in France in June 2013.