On March 15, E! gets into the original scripted drama realm for the first time with The Royals. Now, drama is nothing new to the channel that brought us Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but going scripted is a move that the network has avoided until now. As my video review above says, God save the queen because this Lionsgate Television-produced show lives up to its highly promoted hype and is regally good. On the English throne is Vincent Regan as the conflicted king. William Mosley plays his second son, the young prince suddenly thrust closer to his destiny in a scheming family and Alexandra Park plays his hard partying sister Princess Eleanor. All three main actors are sturdy, but the real jewel in the crown here is Elizabeth Hurley as the queen reigning over a British monarchy out of control and maybe even out of a job.

As she showed in the first Austin Powers flick years ago, the English actress has near-perfect comic timing, but here in The Royals, Hurley reveals strong dramatic chops as well. She and the rest of the cast certainly are given a solid foundation in the writers from creator and director Mark Schwahn. Yes, the drama is soap deluxe, but in the best tradition of Dynasty, Dallas and Fox’s Empire, it is sharp too – which undoubtedly is why E! picked up The Royals for a second season back on January 15.

Speaking of Dynasty, the bed-hopping, pill-popping and throne-room intrigue of The Royals will get a touch of the 1980s primetime trailblazer with Dame Joan Collins herself set to appear later in the first season.

Check out my review of The Royals and tell us what you think. Will you be tuning in for these fictional monarchs?