In Reign, Mary Queen of Scots sports fancy dresses and intrigue, premiered October 17th 9pm *** Three Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/10/22 – “I for one I for one am thankful for a certain amount of creative license, because historically I don’t exist,” says Reign star Torrance Coombs.
“It’s also TV, so it’s kind of like, you know, we can take creative license,” says Reign star Adelaide Kane. “It’s entertainment. It’s not The History Channel. We’re trying to make a show that people will enjoy watching and will really connect with and will find really fun. And, of course, we’re going to dramatize events and throw little curveballs in our characters’ ways and things like that, but that’s what makes it fun.”
‘I actually did a lot of research about Mary,” says Kane. “I wanted to get to know her as a woman and as a person and not just as a dry, historical figure.”
“She was really a remarkable woman,” says Kane. “There is a little bit of literature out there about her personality. She was very witty, charming, very, very intelligent woman. She spoke six languages. She played two different instruments. She rode. She hunted. She hawked. She danced. She played golf. She was an incredibly energetic, vivacious young women. And, you know, she was married three times and widowed twice by the time she was 26, I believe. At 28 is when she was deposed from Scotland and had to flee to England. And, then was put under house arrest by her cousin Elizabeth. So I did do quite a bit of research. It’s sort of marrying what I’ve read about her and how she’s written in the script and then putting a little piece of myself in there to bring it all together.”
“The real facts of Mary Queen of Scots’ life are so extraordinary and so dramatic,” says Reign executive producer Laurie McCarthy. “We’re coming in on the story of her life at an early stage…and so she has just returned to French court and she has a ways to go before the wedding actually takes place. They’ll have a ways to go as a married couple. And then eventually, what we learn as a prophecy of young Francis’ death. We won’t shy away from that. We’ll actually embrace it at a certain point in the series.”
Reign is beautifully shot and the costumes are gorgeous if at time a bit modern. The speech is modernized to gain the attention of teens. Reign is basically a historical Gossip Girl with British and French history included. It’s sexy and treacherous and keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
There is intrigue and lust, castle liaisons between the prince and a lady of the French court. The king has his mistress and plays around on her as well as his wife the Queen.
“I think in each episode we’ll educate people on what element of history helps our story,” says McCarthy. “There is a certain amount of latitude in terms of dramatizing events. There are many things that happened that never made it onto the pages of history…what was the castle like on a Tuesday at 11 o’clock in the morning? What did they really wear when they weren’t getting their pictures essentially taken.”
Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane), niece of King Henry VIII, becomes Mary Queen of Scots. Sent back to France after a failed attempt on her life this teenaged monarch has been protected for most of her life. She’s been given much in her young life and she’s used to getting what she wants. Four childhood friends Greer (Celina Sinden), Kenna (Caitlin Stasey), Lola (Anna Popplewell) You will recognize Anna from the The Chronicles of Narnia films, and Aylee (Jenessa Grant) travel with her to France as her ladies in waiting.
She a beautiful young lady and knows her marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo) is for her country. Politics play a large part in these alliances. Francis remembers her as a young child, but isn’t sure he wants her for his wife, There is some attraction between the two, but he doesn’t want to be forced to marry and cant see how the marriage helps France.
Mary’s court has Sebastian (Torrance Coombs) Francis’ illegitimate half brother and their father’s favorite. Queen Catherine (Megan Follows) is the master of intrigue. She sees how her son is beginning to fall for Mary and doesn’t want to loss control of the heir to the throne. She is very aware of the kings indiscretion’s. She uses Nostradamus, whose visions terrify the Queen. He prophesizes if Francis marries Mary, he will die.
Reign is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Laurie McCarthy (“Ghost Whisperer”) and Frank Siracusa (“Beauty And The Beast”).