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The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013

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    Michael Hirst
    Vikings (History)

    History hit a gold mine with its first scripted drama — penned by 51-year-old English screenwriter Hirst. Its first season about the legendary Norsemen capitalized on a monster lead-in (The Bible) and averaged more than 4 million weekly viewers on Sundays. Though historical accuracy oftentimes went out the window, Vikings returns in 2014, furthering History’s new story as a formidable player in the scripted game.

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