E! is getting into the scripted television business with “The Royals,” a juicy drama about a royal British family led by Elizabeth Hurley’s Queen Helena (her husband is actually the ruling monarch, but everyone knows she’s the HBIC).
The show, from “One Tree Hill” creator Mark Schwahn, looks like a combination of “Gossip Girl,” the beginning of “The Prince and Me” and maybe NBC’s “Kings,” if you remember it.
“In case you’ve forgotten, we’re not a normal family,” Hurley’s queen tells her flesh and blood during one scene in the first promo, which is a shortened version of the same trailer the network played for advertisers at the NBC Universal cable upfront presentation in New York City in May.
“The Royals” is scheduled to premiere in early 2015 on E!.