Opinion: Why the REIGN Rape Storyline Needed to Air

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A storyline involving rape will always bring attention and for whatever reason causes controversy. Rape is obviously a topic that people don’t want to talk about or witness on a TV show (unless that show is Law and Order: SVU). Yet, this thinking makes no sense because rape, like all crimes, happens in real life. So why when a plot on Reign leaked that Mary the Queen of Scots was going to be raped, did fans go crazy and start a petition to stop the story? Was it the fear that the story wouldn’t be handled properly or was it that fans didn’t want a character they liked to suffer through this act or did they think it was just another plot device? [Read more…]

SDCC Scoop: Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo Tease REIGN Season 2

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Baby drama!? Marital troubles!? Power struggeles!? These are just a few of the exciting words ravenous REIGN fans may-or-may-not be happy to hear when stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo took the time to tease REIGN season 2 at yesterday’s San Diego Comic Con 2014 press room. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

REIGN Post-Mortem: Showrunner Laurie McCarthy and Megan Follows Reflect on the Risky Season 1 Finale and Preview What’s Next in Season 2

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Hot on the heels of its successful first season, REIGN went out in jaw-dropping style last week when it killed off the King of France (Alan Van Sprang). It also dared to lock the next king right out of the castle gates due to the looming threat of plague spreading through the local villages. So Season 2 of REIGN is going to be a tricky road as Mary (Adalaide Kane), Queen of Scots and now Queen of France may have to rule in her husband’s absence and keep her mother-in-law, Catherine de Medici (Megan Follows) at bay and also making a play for the throne.

As this week’s CBS Summer Soiree event, showrunner and executive producer Laurie McCarthy and star Megan Follows talked exclusively about the killer Season 1 finale and where the show may be heading in its upcoming second season. [Read more…]

REIGN Post-mortem: Stars Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs and EPs Laurie McCarthy and Brad Silberling Preview the Season 1 Finale

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For its first season finale, REIGN is taking no prisoners. It will meet all of its mysteries and conflicts head on and try to answer as many as it can before leaving fans for summer hiatus. As seen in this week’s episode “Higher Ground,” Mary (Adelaide Kane) is no longer a young, tentative queen. She is a ferocious leader and she will stop at nothing to protect her country — including sanctioning the kidnapping of Queen Catherine (Megan Follows) in order to extort a ransom to help Mary’s mother in Scotland and the beheading of Catherine’s overbearing cousin. This is the new Mary, the one who no longer begs for assistance, but rather one who will take what she needs no matter what the price.

Also showing off a new inner strength is Francis (Toby Regbo). He may be the Dauphin of France, but he showed he was willing to set aside his royal cloaks and get in the trenches with his men, risking his own life to secure the position they need to turn the war and bring peace back to France.

With Mary and Francis demonstrating the lengths each will go to for their countries, it will be interesting to find out how easily they can be together as a married couple when neither will want to yield anymore.

In a recent press conference, stars Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs, as well as executive producers Laurie McCarthy and Brad Silberling talked about what is next for the royals, their court and their friends as the struggle between French and Scottish interests continues. [Read more…]

REIGN Preview: “Higher Ground” (Uncertainty, Unwelcome Guests, and Undue Worry Plague the French Court)

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In this week’s new episode of REIGN, intrigue abounds inside the castle walls while a ferocious war is fought in Calais. When last seen, Francis (Toby Regbo) was accompanying Mary’s uncle to Calais in order to fortify the French troops against the English, and Mary (Adalaide Kane) vowed to find another way to aid her mother who was in desperate need of either troops or funds in order to secure her position in Scotland.

Then with Mary’s maids, Greer (Celina Sinden) had just accepted Lord Castleroy’s (Michael Therriault) marriage proposal, Lola (Anna Popplewell) had married Lord Julien (Giacomo Giannotti), and Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) and Bash (Torrance Coombs) had consummated their arranged marriage.

As for Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), she was busily trying to keep the kingdom from find out that King Henry (Alan VanSprang) had gone mad, while Francis worked to ensure that the French troops were not slaughtered fighting a larger army. [Read more…]

REIGN Previewpalooza: “Monsters” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Thursday March 27th episode of REIGN. Direct from The CW, “BASH SAVES FRANCIS FROM DEATH — When Francis (Toby Regbo) reluctantly agrees to help Bash (Torrance Coombs) uncover the threat in the woods, he ends in grave danger, with only Bash to save him.  Meanwhile, the King’s madness causes chaos when a servant (guest star Kathryn Prescott) wins “Queen for the Day,” and the King becomes obsessed with her.   The King also forces a surprising, and unbreakable, union with a new couple at Court.  Meanwhile, Greer (Celina Sinden) gets caught kissing kitchen servant Leith (guest star Jonathan Keltz), which threatens to ruin her. Adelaide Kane, Anna Popplewell and Caitlin Stasey also star.  The episode was directed by Jeff Renfroe and written by Drew Lindo and Wendy Riss Gatsiounis .” [Read more…]

REIGN “Consummation” Preview: Will the Queen Choose Her Heart or Her Duty?

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In the upcoming REIGN episode “The Consummation,” the biggest decision of Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) life is before her: will she marry Bash (Torrance Coombs) in anticipation of him being legitimized as the next heir of France, or will she follow her heart and marry Francis (Toby Regbo)? Yet therein lies the crux of the problem: Mary has realized that her heart now belongs to two men — as she loves both Francis and Bash.

But a queen’s heart means nothing. Her duty is to her country and ensuring French protection of her people to stave off the advances of the English and to lay claim to the English throne, if she can. [Read more…]

REIGN Previewpalooza: “The Darkness” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Thursday March 20th episode of REIGN. Direct from The CW, “BASH WITNESSES THE DARKNESS OF THE WOODS — The castle is abuzz with First Light, where the women of the castle mingle with potential suitors. Much to Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) dismay, Lola (Anna Popplewell) is reluctant to participate in the tradition. After another violent incident with the increasingly erratic King Henry (Alan Van Sprang), Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) fears for her safety and confides in Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), while Bash (Torrance Coombs) experiences the terrors of the woods and vows to uncover the truth behind the Darkness. Toby Regbo and Celina Sinden also star. The episode was directed by Steve DiMarco and written by Charlie Craig .” [Read more…]

REIGN Previewpalooza: “Dirty Laundry” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Thursday March 13th episode of REIGN. Direct from The CW, “A LIFE-CHANGING SITUATION AFFECTS MARY AND HER NEW HUSBAND — Mary (Adelaide Kane) returns from her honeymoon and, suspicious of Lola’s (Anna Popplewell) strange behavior, uncovers a deception that changes everything. Bash (Torrance Coombs) encounters a confused and terrified Olivia (guest star Yael Grobglas), an escaped victim of the terrors of the woods, which causes him to enlist Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland) for help. Meanwhile, when King Henry’s (Alan Van Sprang) odd behavior causes misfortune, he is forced to ask for Queen Catherine’s (Megan Follows) aid. Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden and Caitlin Stasey also star. The episode was directed by Norma Bailey with the teleplay by Edgar Lyall and story by Drew Lindo.” [Read more…]

Find Out Which Half of Their Schedule The CW Gave An Early Vote of Confidence To!

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Good News: The CW has just announced that freshman dramas THE ORIGINALS and REIGN have been picked up for a second season alongside veteran fan favorites SUPERNATURAL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and ARROW. Not-So-Good-News: Fans of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HART OF DIXIE, THE CARRIE DIARIES and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE will more than likely have to remain in suspense as to the fate of their favorites until the Network’s annual UpFront in May.

Said CW President Mark Pedowitz in a statement, “This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years. The Vampire Diaries is #2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”

Full press release can be found after the jump. [Read more…]