E! Renews 'The Royals' for Third Season

The renewal comes ahead of the drama's second-season finale.
 Paul Blundell

The Royals' reign at E! will continue.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed the drama for a third season, E! announced Tuesday.

The network has picked up ten new episodes of the series, which centers on the many ups and downs of a fictional modern-day royal family.

The Royals marks E's first foray into scripted original programming and earned a season two renewal two months ahead of its premiere. The series has been averaging 1.7 million viewers since its second season kicked off in November.

Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Oliver Milburn and Jake Maskall star. The Royals is created, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill), who also executive produces with Brian Robbins, Joe Davola (Smallville) and Shauna Phelan. The series is co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions.

“We are incredibly proud of the success of The Royals,” said E! executive vp original programming and development Jeff Olde. “The series has captured fans and brought them into a regal world of sexy, fun drama. We can’t wait to see what season three will bring and what surprises are still in store as we enter the second half of season two.”

Added Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs: “We are delighted by today’s pick-up announcement for season three of The Royals. The Royals reflects the kind of original, noisy and provocative series that is a Lionsgate signature. We look forward to an all-new season of palace intrigue and badly behaved royals with our partners at E! and Universal Cable Productions."

The renewal comes three months after Amazon Prime acquired streaming rights to the series. E! is also preparing to dive further into the scripted realm with the drama pilot The Arrangement, which the network ordered in April. Sibling network Bravo has tried a similar strategy with Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce and Odd Mom Out. 

The Royals airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on E!

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