E! has announced that their first scripted drama, The Royals, will debut in March 2015. They’ve ordered 10 episodes.
Here are the details:
CHAOS IN THE KING’S COURT: E!’S FIRST SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES “THE ROYALS” TO MAKE ITS DEBUT MARCH 2015
Newly Released Photos Highlight the Decadent Debaucheries That Take Place Behind The Royal Gilded Gates
LOS ANGELES – October 2, 2014 – Sex, drugs, power and the crown jewels. E! gives viewers an all access pass behind the velvet rope of the original celebrity family when “The Royals” premieres in March 2015. The ten-episode season of E!’s inaugural venture into the world of scripted television will follow the upstairs and downstairs lives of a fictional Royal family set in modern day London. The series, shot entirely in the UK, will feature myriad multidimensional characters that are as devious and calculating as they are cunning and dangerous. The internationally respected cast includes Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Merritt Patterson, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach, Tom Austen, Sophie Colquhoun, and Oliver Milburn. “The Royals” is produced by Lionsgate, executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (“One Tree Hill”), and executive produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville”).
The price of power has never been higher especially when your family is under a perpetual media microscope. Welcome to the life of a Royal – a family the world adores but a lifestyle that is forced upon few. From the outside, the pristine and regal family has it all, but behind the grand Castle walls lie scandalous secrets, dangerous liaisons and tainted politics, with deadly games playing throughout the grandiose hallways. For a family in the public eye, the best kept secrets are just a paparazzi flash, a corrupt bodyguard or a jealous ex-lover away from bringing anarchy to the monarchy.
The Royal family is helmed by the noble and ethical King Simon (Regan) who struggles to keep peace amongst his family while having the weight of the world on his shoulders. Standing statuesque and elegantly by his side is Queen Helena (Hurley) who has her own motives and intentions when it comes to the power she has married into. Simon and Helena have three children including the beloved Prince Robert, the free-spirited Prince Liam (Moseley), and the controversial and rebellious Princess Eleanor (Park). The cynical and mischievous Cyrus (Maskall), brother of King Simon, lurks throughout the illustrious palace awaiting a chance to take a seat on the throne.
Entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the family’s safety and secrets, but sometimes adding to them, are Eleanor’s new bodyguard Jasper (Austen), Prince Liam’s bodyguard Marcus (Roach), and Ted (Milburn), who is head of the Royal security detail. Ted has attempted to maneuver his career to keep his professional and personal life separate, however when Liam falls for Ted’s daughter Ophelia (Patterson), the lines between love and duty get blurred. Relationships become even more complicated when a blast from the past saunters through the Beefeaters’ posts in the form of the sexy and snobbish socialite Gemma (Colquhoun), Liam’s ex-lover. In a world of opulence driven by power, your next of kin may be your next worst enemy. All is fair in love and royalty.
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