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The CW Developing Teenage Drama About Mary Queen Of Scots

EXCLUSIVE: Big-swing dramas are those that have worked lately — from AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game Of Thrones to ABC’s Once Upon A Time and NBC’s Revolution. The CW is taking a step in that direction with Reign, from writers/executive producers Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami) and Stephanie SenGupta (Outlaw). The project, which was sold directly to the CW and laid off at CBS TV Studios, is a fantastical reimagining of the teenage Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary was 6 days old when she succeeded her father, King James V of Scotland, to the throne. Her mother, Mary of Guise, was French, and Mary spent most of her childhood and teen years in France while Scotland was ruled by regents. She was 16 when she married Francis, Dauphin of France, who became King of France the next year but died a year later, leaving Mary a widow at age 18. The CW’s project is described as Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette — if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. In addition to Reign, the CW has another drama in the works that is set in a kingdom, the Hunger Games-esque The Selection, which is awaiting a new script.

This is the first joint project for McCarthy and SenGupta, who have been good friends since they met working on CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer. McCarthy, repped by UTA and attorney Wendy Kirk, was most recently a consulting producer on ABC’s Good Christian Belles. She previously created and executive produced the summer NBC series Windfall. SenGupta, repped by UTA and Michael Gendler, is a co-executive producer on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, also produced by CBS Studios. She came out of the Law & Order camp, having worked on both the mothership series and on spinoff Criminal Intent.

If they do pick this up, I pray they do it correctly.
 
They've got the resume that could pull it off for The CW.
 
Full Trailer:
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Seems a little medieval Gossip Girl, but doesn't look too bad.
 
Good poster. I still haven't decided if I will give this a shot or not.
 
Sounds interesting, but this show will have a long way to go before it can measure up to this classic telling of the story:

 
http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/09/reign-episode-101-pilot-press-release.html
Reign - Episode 1.01 - Pilot - Press Release
Posted by BloodyMary at Friday, September 27, 2013

REIGN — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“Pilot” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

DANGER AND INTRIGUE LURK AROUND EVERY DARK CASTLE CORNER IN THIS STORY OF A YOUNG, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS — After spending a childhood safely hidden away in a monastery, a teenage Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) arrives in France where she has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French King’s dashing son, Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). Further complicating things is Bash (Torrance Coombs), Francis’ handsome, roguish half-brother and Francis’ mother, Queen Catherine (Megan Follows). When the strong-willed Queen learns of a prophecy that marriage to Mary will cost Francis his life, she is determined to save her son, no matter how many others have to pay with their lives. Brad Silberling directed the episode written by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta (#101).
 
I found it funny that almost everyone has a plummy English accent even though most of them are supposed to be either French or Scottish.

The show is a period version of Gossip Girl with Nostradamus lol!
 
English accents are the only ones American TV audiences understand. And maybe Australian. French and Scottish accents might as well be different languages entirely. :o
 
The music was good but other than that...
 
It was ok. Nothing special but wasn't horrible. Better than season 6 of gossip girl.
 
I watched this on CW Now and it's...interesting. I don't think I will keep up with it.
 

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