PRESS TOUR: The CW takes a chance with historical drama 'Reign'

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:10 PM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The CW takes an unexpected page out of the premium cable playbook with its fall drama, “Reign” (9 p.m. Oct. 17), about the teenage Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) and her 16th century engagement to a French king’s son (Toby Regbo).


“We said since I’ve been here that we’re looking to expand and broaden our adults 18-34 [target demographic] to be more inclusive to men and women,” said CW Entertainment president Mark Pedowitz, noting that “Arrow” brought men back to the network after the departure of “Smallville.” With “90210” and “Gossip Girl” gone, “Reign” is intended to target women. “We took a shot at ‘Reign’ which is high concept and very different [for us]. We knew with historical fiction we would attract women of all ages and pairing it with ‘Vampire Diaries’ gives ‘Reign’ the best shot.”

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“Reign” features teen drama and a modern music soundtrack, similar to the aural approach in “A Knight’s Tale” and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” And though it will track with history, it won’t be a slave to history.


“I, for one, am glad about a certain degree of creative license because according to history, I don’t exist,” said actor Torrance Coombs, who plays the king’s bastard son.


Canadian actress Megan Follows, best known for the title role in “Anne of Green Gables,” stars in the series as a scheming Queen Catherine.


“She has to live through other people’s power, which makes it really complex for her,” Ms. Follows said.


In other CW series news, the network is considering a spin-off of “Supernatural” that would be set in Chicago. The DC Comics character The Flash will be introduced this season on “Arrow” for a potential spin-off series down the road, but a possible “Wonder Woman” spin-off is on hold.

The CW renewed its summer re-launch of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” for a 24-episode second season. No premiere date or time was announced.

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