E! ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON PICK-UP FOR THE NETWORK'S FIRST ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES "THE ROYALS"
Created by Mark Schwahn, Season One of "The Royals" Starring Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park and Vincent Regan Will Debut Sunday, March 15 at 10pm ET/PT on E!
New Extended Trailer for Season One of "The Royals" Released Today With First Look At Joan Collins - http://youtu.be/Czt1A-9rvyE
Universal Cable Productions Joins Lionsgate as Co-Producing Partner of "The Royals"
Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 2015 - E! Entertainment today announced the second season pick-up of the network's first original scripted series, "The Royals," in advance of its first season premiere on Sunday, March 15 at 10pm ET/PT. Created by Mark Schwahn, the hour-long drama centered on a fictional modern day royal family features a distinguished cast that includes Elizabeth Hurley and Vincent Regan as Queen Helena and King Simon, along with William Moseley and Alexandra Park as their devious and scandalous royal twins Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor. "The Royals" is a co-production of Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions and will begin production on season two this spring in London.
"To renew this freshman series before its highly anticipated first season premiere underscores E!'s commitment to the scripted genre and our confidence and support of this groundbreaking and rule-breaking original series," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Development, E! "We're thrilled to have Universal Cable Productions joining Lionsgate as a co-producing partner as we announce a second season pick-up for this scandalously fun series.'"
"Lionsgate has been a great partner throughout the years, and they really delivered for us with 'The Royals.' We're excited to be working with Jon Feltheimer, Kevin Beggs and their strong creative and production teams on this regal and excellent show," said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
"We're very proud that E! chose 'The Royals' as its first original scripted series and delighted about this early season two pick-up," said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. "The cast and creative team are exceptional and E! has been a tremendous partner in supporting the creative direction of the series from day one."
Love, hate, lust and revenge are taken to a delightfully decadent new level in this 60-minute drama series that goes inside a world where power is everything, limits do not exist, and trust is a luxury that no one can afford. Season two will go even deeper behind the pomp and ceremony where scandal continues to lurk, and all is fair in love and royalty.
The internationally renowned ensemble also includes Merritt Patterson, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach, Tom Austen, Sophie Colquhoun and Oliver Milburn. Joan Collins guest stars as the Grand Duchess of Oxford.
"The Royals" is co-produced by Lionsgate and UCP. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn ("One Tree Hill"), and executive produced by Brian Robbins, Joe Davola ("One Tree Hill," "Smallville"), and Shauna Phelan.
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multiplatform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social. Popular E! programming includes core franchises, "E! News," "The Soup," "Fashion Police" and "True Hollywood Story," as well as the network's popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Divas," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" and "Botched." Additionally, E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP's content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, "Monk," and cult favorites "Psych," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Warehouse 13." In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks including: "Covert Affairs," "Dig" (March 2015), "Playing House," "Royal Pains," "Satisfaction" and "Suits" on USA Network; "Ascension", "Defiance," "Dominion," and "12 Monkeys" on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" on Bravo; "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and "Side Effects" on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.