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

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The French pay-TV giant inks separate deals for the first seasons of the U.S. shows.

French pay-TV giant Canal Plus has inked deals for the first seasons of U.S. dramas Banshee, executive produced by True Blood's 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, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed.

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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, developed by MGM TV for the History channel. It will air in France in June.

MGM is serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. for the series, 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 History.

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