E! is working on its first original scripted series, “The Royals”

E! is known for covering (and contributing to) real-life celebrity obsessions, so it’s probably no surprise that its first original scripted series will also focus on lifestyles of the rich and powerful. The entertainment network announced recently that it has greenlit The Royals, a one-hour drama about a fictional British royal family in modern-day London. The series is set to premiere in 2015, and will star Elizabeth Hurley (who plays Queen Helena), William Moseley (son Liam), Alexandra Park (daughter Eleanor) and Vincent Regan (King Simon).


Executive-produced, written and directed by Mark Schwann (One Tree Hill) and executive-produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville), The Royals is set and shot in Great Britain. E! says the series “pits public perception of the royal family against the reality of life inside the castle walls, from the lavish parties and high stakes political summits, to the private family gatherings and secret romances. However being born into this elite circle comes at a cost and the Royals’ lives are played out on a world stage where press is 24/7 and social media drives an insatiable appetite to follow their every move.” Hmmm … I wonder if the show will include a scene with E! News getting into the Royals’ faces …


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