E!'S HIT SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES "THE ROYALS" BEGINS PRODUCTION ON SEASON THREE IN LONDON
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Jake Maskall, Tom Austen and Genevieve Guant
Return to Reign in "The Royals," Co-Produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions
London, UK - June 20, 2016 - Production on season three of E!'s first original scripted drama series "The Royals" began today in London. Created by Mark Schwahn and co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions, the new season will feature 10 one-hour episodes to premiere later this year. Elizabeth Hurley ("Queen Helena"), William Moseley ("Prince Liam"), Alexandra Park ("Princess Eleanor") and Jake Maskall ("King Cyrus") will return as the scandalous royal family at the helm of a corrupt monarchy with Tom Austen reprising his role as the sexy yet duplicitous bodyguard "Jasper" and Genevieve Guant returning as "Willow," close friend of "Prince Liam." In addition, Max Brown has been cast in the role of "Prince Robert."
Season three picks up two weeks after the execution of King Simon's murderer who had plagued the royal family for months. With Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor's celebrity status hitting new heights, continued debate in the UK on who is the rightful heir to the throne, and the potential return of the presumed deceased Prince Robert, season three promises even more scandal, heightened stakes, and steamier love triangles.
"The Royals" was one of the top three new original scripted series of 2015 among P18-49 across ad-supported cable, excluding spinoffs. The series ranks as the #2 new original scripted series of 2015 among P/W 18-34 and W18-49 across ad-supported cable, excluding spinoffs. "The Royals" has contributed to E!'s ongoing growth and success, which includes a year on year primetime increase of +10% among A18-49 in first quarter 2016.
"The Royals" is co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn ("One Tree Hill"), and executive produced by Brian Robbins ("Coach Carter"), Joe Davola ("One Tree Hill," "Smallville"), and Shauna Phelan ("Smosh: The Movie").
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Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks including the Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning drama "Mr. Robot," "Colony," "Playing House," "Royal Pains" and "Suits" on USA Network; "The Magicians," "12 Monkeys," "Hunters" and "Killjoys" on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" on Bravo; "The Royals," on E!; and "Difficult People," on Hulu. UCP's content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning "Monk" as well as "Psych" and "Battlestar Galactica." 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.
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Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com