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E! picks up first scripted series

March 07
06:02 2014

By Yvonne Villarreal
Los Angeles Times via McClatchy-Tribune

LOS ANGELES _ E! has greenlighted its first original scripted series, the network announced Thursday.

The series, “The Royals,” is an hourlong drama from “One Tree Hill” creator Mark Schwahn that is set in the present day and centers on a fictional British royal family.

It will be headlined by model-actress Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena.

The intersection of public perception and reality seems to be what will stir the drama _ with the aid of parties and political summits and many secrets.

“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,” Jeff Olde, E! executive vice president for original programming and development, said in a statement.

“The Royals will offer a fictional look behind the very public gilded facade of the palace gates to imagine the private, lush, fun, sexy world of the most-watched celebrity family on the planet. It’s a perfect series to introduce E! viewers to scripted pop culture programming on the network,” he said.

“The Royals” came out of its development slate from last April. It marks Schwahn’s first project since “One Tree Hill” ended its nine-season run in 2012. He will serve as executive producer, writer and director.

Filmed in Britain, the series is slated for a 2015 premiere.

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