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TCA 2013: The CW’s ‘Reign’ Will Not Be a History Lesson

At Tuesday’s TCA panel, the cast and producers of The CW’s Reign wanted to make it clear that even though the lead character Mary (Adelaide Kane) was a historical figure, the show is a form of entertainment and will not always be an accurate representation of what happened during the Queen’s life.

“It’s not the history channel,” Kane told reporters. “We’re trying to make a show that people will really enjoy watching and really connect with and really find fun.”

Reign might be able to help fill the void left by Gossip Girl when the teen drama ended its six season run this past December. The new series begins with Mary journeying to the French Court. She is set to eventually marry Prince Francis (Toby Regbo) as part of a strategic alliance between their countries.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of drama and backstabbing (or beheadings) as well as sex and intrigue and maybe even a touch of the supernatural. Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland) has predicted that Mary’s marriage to Francis will cost him his life, something that doesn’t sit well with his mother Catherine (Megan Follows).

“She’s got a deep and incredible sense of loyalty and love for her son,” Follows explained. That loyalty leads to Catherine being determined to get rid of Mary and stop the marriage before she loses her son.

Like most CW shows, there is a potential for a love triangle between Francis, Mary and Francis’ half-brother Bash (Torrance Combs). At the panel, Combs joked about having creative license since his character does not exist historically.

Reign premieres Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c on The CW.

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Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.