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Nomination Status: Not likely to be explored.
In Its Favor: After the wild success of "Hatfields & McCoys," History proved both that it can play the scripted game, but also that it can play the Emmy game, so maybe it isn't so absurd to sing "Vikings" might have a chance. Created by Michael Hirst, it's literate, dramatic and soapy. The production values achieved shooting mostly on location in Ireland are actually rather stunning. And with Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Kathryn Winnick and Jessalyn Gilsig, there's a solid cast doing good dramatic work. It's a little bit historical and informative and a lot bloody, sexy and rough.
Working Against It: Michael Hirst's "The Tudors," which had a more experienced network behind it, a most established cast and a more accessible set of characters failed to get much Emmy traction. History will have a hard job convincing Emmy voters that "Vikings" is more worthy than the six established shows in the category (especially since, as much as I like "Vikings," it isn't).