‘The Royals’ Canceled By E! After 4 Seasons, Shopped By Lionsgate With Pop Eyed As Possible New Home

Deadline | 8/16/2018 | Nellie Andreeva
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E! has opted not to renew its first and only remaining original scripted series, The Royals, for a fifth season. I hear the series’ leading producing studio, Lionsgate TV, has been shopping the soapy drama starring Elizabeth Hurley and has been in talks with sister cable network Pop, a co-venture between Lionsgate and CBS, for a possible fifth season pickup.


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“E! will not be moving forward with another season of The Royals, which launched in 2015 as the network’s first original scripted series,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. “Over four seasons, The Royals took viewers behind the palace gates on a scandalous journey filled with twists and turns. We are grateful to the cast and our producing partners at Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions.”

E!’s decision comes three months after The Royals‘ Season 4 finale aired and eight months after the ouster of series creator/executive producer/showrunner Mark Schwahn following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations spanning more than a decade. Filming on Season 4 had already wrapped at the time of Schwahn’s dismissal last December.

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The cancellation of The Royals, co-produced by Lionsgate and E! sibling UCP, also follows E!’s May cancellation of The Arrangement, whose second season aired alongside The Royals’ fourth season, with both finales on May 13. It is unclear whether the Schwahn controversy was a contributing factor but E!’s decision not to continue with The Royals is said to have been largely a business one as the series’ most recent fourth season was down -22% among adults 18-49 year to year.

On the scripted side for E! has pilot Juicy Stories from Michael Patrick King.

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Meanwhile, I hear Lionsgate TV executives...
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