The real royal family is often the subject of intense photo and tabloid scrutiny, but they're about to get some big competition from a fictionalized family on the highly-anticipated new E! scripted series, The Royals.
The drama, the first scripted one the network plans to air, looks into the scandals befalling the British monarchy-helmed by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley)-after the heir apparent dies, leaving the throne in the hands of his younger, and much more wild, siblings upon their mother's death.
In a trailer for the series, fans see Prince Liam (William Moseley) frolicking with his American girlfriend Ophelia (Merritt Patterson), as well as several other girls, while his sister, Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) gets into trouble as a party girl-landing on the cover of several tabloids for her hard-partying in short dresses-without her underwear. Naturally, their mother is not impressed with her children's choices in life.
During an August interview with The Today Show, Hurley teased that while the show is taking a look into the lives of a royal family, it isn't based on the real royal family, and parallels between Queen Elizabeth II, Princes William, Charles and Harry, and Duchess of Cambridge Kate, shouldn't be drawn to the characters.
"There's little resemblance to Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of England," Hurley said of her character. "But you never know. The beauty of this show is that we go behind closed doors."
However, Hurley does promise that the show will deliver the unexpected, because the look into royalty isn't a traditional one.
"This is an extreme, sexy adventure into royalty," she said.
The series, which also stars Noah Huntley and Vincent Regan, premieres on E! in 2015, though the network has not released an official premiere date.