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E! Greenlights Elizabeth Hurley Drama ‘The Royals’ From ‘One Tree Hill’ Producers

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Produced by Lionsgate, this will be the cable channel's first original scripted series

E! has just greenlit its first original scripted series. From Lionsgate, the one-hour drama “The Royals,” starring Elizabeth Hurley, is set to premiere in 2015.

The 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”).

“The Royals” follows a modern day British royal family and sheds light on their lives both in the public eye and in their personal moments.

“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,” said E!'s executive vice president of original programming and development, Jeff Olde, in a statement. ”It's a perfect series to introduce E! viewers to scripted pop culture programming on the network.”

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