6:10am PT by Kate Stanhope
E! Renews 'The Royals' for Season 4
The Royals' reign at E! will continue.
The NBCUniversal cabler has ordered a fourth season of the Elizabeth Hurley drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Season four will consist of 10 hourlong episodes. The news comes ahead of the series' Feb. 19 season three finale. The third season of the series, which follows a modern-day British monarchy, has been averaging 1.1 million total viewers.
“The third season of The Royals has proven to be an entertaining mix of secrets, deceit and desire that our fans can't get enough of,” said E! Entertainment and Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky. “We are excited to see what new scandals await our royal family, and how their dynamic evolves in season four.”
The Royals is created by Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill), who exec produces with Brian Robbins, Joe Davola (Smallville) and Shauna Phelan. The series is a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate.
"E!, Lionsgate and Universal Cable productions are wise and benevolent rulers and the Loyals are the true aristocracy,” said Schwahn. “The writers, cast and crew love making this show, and I'm thrilled to once again play the role of court jester and humbly entertain our dedicated fan base with many more scandalous, sexy, heartfelt and addictive tales from the House of Henstridge."
For Lionsgate, The Royals joins original dramas Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Nashville (CMT), Greenleaf (OWN) and Graves (EPIX).
“We’re proud to extend our partnership with our friends at E! and Universal Cable Productions, and we’re pleased that the dedicated fans — the ‘Loyals’ — are getting another season of their favorite show,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “The Royals is the kind of original and provocative series that has become a Lionsgate trademark, and we look forward to an all-new season of saucy palace intrigue and badly behaved sovereigns.”
At E!, the renewal comes as the cabler, best known for unscripted fare like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Total Divas, pushes further into scripted. The network will unveil it's second original scripted series, The Arrangement, on March 5, and E! is also developing a TV adaptation of the cult favorite Jawbreaker.
“Mark Schwahn has created a sensational and opulent world filled with high stakes, scandalous drama and fairytale love stories. We’re excited to continue working with the talented cast and crew along with Lionsgate and E! to deliver more of The Royals to loyal fans,” said NBCUniversal cable entertainment president and chief content officer Jeff Wachtel.