From serious movies like The King’s Speech (Colin Firth) to recent TV spoofs like BBC America’s Almost Royal to daily tabloid fodder, the media has had a timeless obsession with the British monarchy. Still, we're not sure we’ve ever seen anything quite like The Royals on E! — the networks first-ever scripted series debuting Sunday, March 15 at 10/9c. What we love most about The Royals is that it's the witty, breezy antithesis to the current oversaturation in dark, bloody television programming like The Walking Dead. Being a sister network, we were lucky to get a sneak peek of the premiere. Here are 7 reasons we can’t wait to watch The Royals.
1. LONG LIVE QUEEN ELIZABETH
Hurley, that is. We can't help but love a ferocious Queen who uses words like “twerking,” “snatch” and "FML" while trying to reign in her scandal-prone children and save the throne from extinction. Playing Queen Helena,Elizabeth Hurley more than pulls her weight in her biggest role since the ‘90s. Talk back, and you'll get slapped.
2. ROYAL SEX
These royals are about as regal as a hormone-crazed Justin Bieber spitting on fans. (The Biebs is name-dropped in the premiere, btw). Prince Liam, the playboy of the palace, woos a little bird to bed within the first minute or so of the series. You’ll never guess who gets under the covers. We can't spoil, but watch out for this conjugal visit to spawn a major plot point.
3. ROYAL DRUGS, DRINKS AND PARTYING
Princess Eleanor, Liam’s twin sister, is partying to black-out levels in public — a real no-no in the age of social media providing next-day tabloid fodder. Not to mention she’s clearing out the Palace’s underground vault of decades-old wine like a grizzly bear cleaning out a beehive of its honey. If you pay close enough attention, you'll even notice drugs being passed out under the dinner table.
4. ROYAL DRAMA
While gorgeous young royalty behaving badly is aplenty, The Royals also has a surprising amount of genuine heart and soul. The show's drama is centered around the death of Prince Robert, who dies after an unexplained accident that will leave you thinking about Lady Diana. Everyone in the family reacts in their own way. Queen Helena is clearly suffering but you can hardly tell due to her royal stoicism, Princess Eleanor hits the clubs (and the drugs) in defiance to the microscope that is focused on her every move, and Liam is caught between grieving and the weight of the realization he's now the future King of England. But most dramatically, King Simon concludes that doing away with the monarchy once and for all is what's best for his family and the country.
5. ROYAL FOILS
The extended family who lives in Buckingham Palace is entertaining enough for a spinoff show of their own. Cyrus, the King's brother, is witty and scheming and womanizing and seems slightly less ruthless than an ISIS fighter. Cyrus' sisters, Maribel and Penelope, are basically English versions of Paris Hilton.
6. GAME OF THRONES
With the death of the heir to the English throne, the King attempting to dismantle the monarchy, and a palace full of schemers, we're sure to have some Game of Thrones-type action in this series -- it'll just be served with more camp. Case in point: A Dick Chaney-esque hunting scene that shows just how badly Cyrus wants his big brother's job.
7. JOAN COLLINS AS THE GRAND DUCHESS
All hail. Need we say more?