6 new historical TV dramas (and how to tell them apart)

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Reign (Oct 17) / The CW
Setting: France, 1557
Think: A teen-friendly Dangerous Liaisons meets Game of Thrones.
Plot: The early years of Mary, Queen of Scots as she plans to wed the King of France amid scheming court intrigue.
Historical titan: Nostradamus serves as the queen’s psychic.
Fashion: Renaissance Fair meets East Village.
Accuracy: Well, for starters, the French and the Scots all speak with British accents…
Problems of the Era: What do adultery, paper cuts and about a million other things have in common in 1557? They can all get you killed. Average life expectancy was only 35. So when adjusted for mortality, this is the first CW show with a middle-age cast.

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