E!'S HIT DRAMA SERIES "THE ROYALS" RETURNS FOR AN EVEN MORE SEXY, SOAPY AND SCANDALOUS SEASON TWO
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Jake Maskall, Tom Austen, and Oliver Milburn Reign Supreme When Season Two Premieres Sunday, November 15 at 10pm ET/PT
Los Angeles, CA, October 19, 2015 - E!'s breakout first original scripted drama series "The Royals," co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions, is back for a fiery second season. Returning cast members include Elizabeth Hurley as the cunning Queen Helena, William Moseley as the rancorous Prince Liam, Alexandra Park as an uncontrollable Princess Eleanor, Tom Austen as the scorned bodyguard Jasper Frost, Oliver Milburn as the dutiful head of the Royal security, and Jake Maskall as the newly-crowned King Cyrus. Additionally, Dame Joan Collins guest stars in four episodes as the Grand Duchess of Oxford. The series, which ranks as one of 2015's top new scripted cable series, is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn ("One Tree Hill"), and executive produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola ("One Tree Hill," "Smallville"). Season two of "The Royals" premieres Sunday, November 15 at 10pm ET/PT on E!
The second season picks up eight weeks after the tragic murder of King Simon (Vincent Regan) by an unknown assailant. Cyrus, Simon's arrogant brother, has taken the throne after deeming the Prince and Princess illegitimate, with the help of the Queen to fabricate the paternity results. While Cyrus is convinced the Queen is on his side, her majesty has her own agenda in mind: change the succession of the Royal Family and make the power shift to the Queen if anything should happen to yet another King. Meanwhile, Liam vows to bring his father's murderer to justice and teams up with an unlikely ally to do so, the duplicitous bodyguard Jasper who had been relieved from his duties after sleeping with both the Princess and the Queen, and had once been considered a prime suspect in the King's attack that led to his death. However, the two young men, who are both working to mend their respective broken hearts, have bonded over their mutual concern for the Princess' wellbeing and seek to bring a common enemy to justice.
While King Cyrus struggles to win over a country of people who despise him due to his inability to relate and general distain disdain for common society, Eleanor sinks further into despair as she searches to have a real connection with anyone despite her seemingly fairytale life as a princess. Her bodyguard blackmailed her and slept with her mother, her brother is locked in a vengeful tunnel vision, her mother just revealed her father isn't who she thought, the new King hates her, and the only person who ever believed in her was murdered with the last words he spoke to her being of his disappointment. Now, Eleanor finds solace in excessive amounts of booze, drugs and random sex, while still trying to navigate through the murky waters of real romance. Not since Marie Antoinette has there been so much anarchy in the monarchy.
Lydia Rose Bewley, Andrew Bicknell, Victoria Ekanoye, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Simon Thomas, and Scott Maslen also return for season two. Check out this season 1 recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kWa2vo-fO0
"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.
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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. E! programming includes core franchises "E! News," "The Soup" and "Fashion Police," popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Divas," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," "Botched," "House of DVF," new series "I Am Cait," and "Stewarts & Hamiltons," as well as the network's first original scripted series "The Royals." 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. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.
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, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the acclaimed drama Manhattan and the breakout series The Royals.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
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 the 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
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 critic and fan favorites "Psych," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Warehouse 13." In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks, including: "Colony" (2016), "Dig," "Mr. Robot," "Playing House," "Royal Pains," "Satisfaction" and "Suits" on USA Network; "12 Monkeys," "Childhood's End" (2015), "Defiance," "Dominion," "Hunters" (2016), "Killjoys," and "Magicians" (2016) on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" on Bravo; "The Royals," on E!; "Difficult People" on Hulu; "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.