E! is getting into the scripted biz by ordering a series about a fictional British royal family.
Set in — and filmed in — modern London, The Royals will star Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, who fiercely protects the family image. The cast also includes Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn. Here’s the official network description: The Royals 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.”
The series will premiere in 2015, is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill). Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville) are also exec producers.
“We are excited that E!’s first original scripted series will transport viewers into a world that they are already intensely interested in, but reality cameras would never give them access to. ‘The Royals’ will offer a fictional look behind the very public gilded façade of the palace gates to imagine the private, lush, fun, sexy world of the most-watched celebrity family on the planet,” said Jeff Olde, exec vp of original programming & development, in a statement. “It’s a perfect series to introduce E! viewers to scripted pop culture programming on the network.”