The Royals was an American prime time, soap opera which was created by Mark Schwahn and starring Elizabeth Hurley. It first premiered on E! on the 15 March, 2015. It is the network’s original scripted series which is an adaption of the Michelle Ray novel, Falling for Hamlet. Two months before its debut, E! renewed The Royals for the second season. Later on, the third season of the soap opera aired on January 5, 2016. The series got renewed for a fourth season by E! on February 16, 2017; the fourth season aired on March 11, 2018.
The talks about The Roayals first begun back in April 2013, when E! announced that it was developing a contemporary family ensemble is steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet titled The Royals. Shooting for the first season began in London in June 2014. In August 2014, E! released its first promotional trailer for The Royals. Finally, in December 2014, E! announced that the series would premiere on March 15, 2015.
The first reviews were mainly negative. Jane Mulkerrins of The Telegraph described The Royals as “a sexy and soapy portrayal of palace life,” but noted that it “lacks the sophistication” of Gossip Girl and “the compelling melodrama” of The O.C.Nancy. Dewolf Smith of The Wall Street Journal described The Royals as “a trashy soap opera that’s not bad enough to be funny and is best when it wallows in the melodrama,” and David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the show “entertaining but disappointingly toothless.” Despite the not-so-kind reviews, the show was appreciated by a large segment of viewers — which allowed it to survive for four years.
The Royals Cast: Who’s in it?
Elizabeth Hurley stars as the lead of the show; she plays the role of Queen Helena who is a fictional contemporary queen consort of England. The show also stars William Moseley, and Alexandra Park who are is Helena’s twin children, Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor. Jake Maskall plays the role of Helena’s brother-in-law and arch-rival and the new King Cyrus. Tom Austen depicts the part of Jasper Frost who is Eleanor’s bodyguard and blackmailer. Oliver Milburn can be seen as Ted Pryce, the Royal Family’s head of security.
The performances have generally received praise with critics using phrases such as “uniformly good,” and “Hurley is fantastic in this role”. One of the critics wrote “The unquestionable highlight of the series is the mother-and-daughter reunion between Queen Helena [Hurley] and the Grand Duchess of Oxford [Joan Collins].” Another critic was appreciative of Park’s performance as Eleanor calling it “the best and worst of what The Royals has to offer.”
The Royals Plot: What is it about?
Helena is the matriarch of modern British Royal family who has to bear with common and unusual family dramas. Her twin children, Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor, enjoy the perks of being a royal as their elder brother, Robert is next in line to claim the throne. But due to some unfortunate events, Robert is killed, and the entire family is thrown into disorder. A mournful King Simon fears the future of the monarchy. Next in line to the throne, Prince Liam must manage his responsibilities with his love life; he finds himself attracted to Ophelia who is the American daughter of the head of the security. On the other hand, his self-destructive sister hits rock bottom when she discovers that her bodyguard is a con man. Helena has to steer the Royal ship through all this commotion and hence reaches out to her brother-in-law Cyrus for assistance.
The Royals Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
After a successful run of four seasons, E! opted not to renew its first and only remaining original scripted series for a fifth season. In a statement to Deadline, E! spokesperson said “E! will not be moving forward with another season of The Royals, which launched in 2015 as the network’s first original scripted series. Over four seasons, The Royals took viewers behind the palace gates on a scandalous journey filled with twists and turns. We are grateful to the cast and our producing partners at Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions.”
Lionsgate TV tried to find a new home for The Royals, but were unsuccessful. Which means that The Royals is permanently canceled now with no hopes for a fifth season. Unfortunately for fans, Season 4 happened to be the final season of The Royals. If by some miracle, the show gets revived, we will update this section with The Royals season 5 release date.
The Royals Season Trailer:
Above is a clip from the previous season that you might like. You can also head to E! for more clips from the season.
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