Get ready to meet The Royals. E! will introduce viewers to a new royal family with its first original scripted series starring Elizabeth Hurley and William Moseley.
The one-hour drama hails from Lionsgate and follows a modern-day royal family and also stars Alexandra Park and Vincent Regan. Mark Schwahn of One Tree Hill fame will serve as writer, director and executive producer. Smallville and One Tree Hill veterans Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are also executive 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," Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming & development for E!, said in a statement. "It's a perfect series to introduce E! viewers to scripted pop culture programming on the network."
The Royals will follow a modern-day royal family as they live life in the public eye. Hurley plays Queen Helena, described as a woman who has the power, beauty and intelligence to get what she wants. She's keen on controlling the public image of her famous family. King Simon (Regan) is the family's moral compass, but is quick to place his family over the people he rules over. Moseley, star of The Chronicles of Narnia films, plays Liam, the youngest son of the king and queen. He suddenly finds the spotlight on him when he becomes the heir apparent to the throne. Like any young man, Liam enjoys the perks of being a sought after eligible bachelor, but enters a relationship with a young American woman whose morals cause her to butt heads with the monarchy. Park plays Eleanor, the sole daughter in the royal family. She's constant tabloid fodder.
Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn also star. Austen play's Jasper, Eleanor's new bodyguard who will give her a run for her money. Maskall plays Cyrus, the brother of King Simon. Roach plays Marcus, a confidant of the prince. Milburn plays Ted, the head of security for the family and father to Ophelia, Liam's girlfriend.
"This is a big idea and Mark, Brian, Joe and the Lionsgate team delivered. They have an extraordinary track record at crafting buzz worthy content that reflects and drives the pop culture discussion," Kevin Plunkett, SVP of scripted programming for E!, said in a statement. "This team, working on this concept, with this cast is a great way for us to launch our first scripted show."
A 2015 premiere date is in the works.