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Christopher Monigle Christopher Monigle
August 30th, 2013 2:00pm EDT



REIGN


Created By Laurie McCarthy & Stephanie Sengupta

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 17 at 9PM

Premise: (from The CW's press release, May 2013) Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. Queen of Scotland since she was six days old, the teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch - beautiful, passionate, and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power.

Thoughts: Reign not as different as you might think for a CW show. Pretty people are everywhere. Mary's friendship with her girlfriends is similar to any depiction of friendship seen on The CW. There are love triangles, deception, adultery, etc. It's like any teenage drama but only set in the 14th century. The accents are jarring. France and Scotland have different histories, cultures, language, and accents, but not in Reign. The Queen of Scotland speaks with a distinct English accent. Adelaide Kane's the prettiest girl I've seen on The CW since Nina Dobrev. She's a young Australian. The young Aussies are taking over American TV shows, and they are all ridiculously good-looking. Reign's similar to Ever After. A historic figure becomes a character. The story's not the same, but the costumes and the tone is. Reign seems to be a better bet than Emily Owens M.D.

Photo Credits: The CW