Quick, can you tell me one thing about Mary, Queen of Scots? How about two things? Three? If you tune into the CW this fall you will suddenly become a bit of an expert on young Mary. However, what you learn may not exactly be historically accurate.
Reign, a new drama premiering on the CW this October, is about the teenage years of Mary. According to the CW the show will focus on “danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner.”
Producer Laurie McCarthy is clear that the show is not meant to be a documentary. “There is certain latitude in terms of dramatizing events. There are many things that happened that never made it into history. … My job is to tell compelling stories convincingly.”
McCarthy also says, “In each episode we’ll educate people on what element of history helps our story.” Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary, hopes the show will inspire fans to see how exciting history is. “How many teenage girls do you know who are obsessed with history — I wasn’t at that age.”
Reign will focus on the love life of Mary, specifically her arranged marriage to the French king’s son, Prince Francis, and her attraction to his half brother Bash. (Note, no such half brother existed!) There are other hunks on the show certain to confuse and beguile her. I hear Nostradamus is quite dreamy…
I’ll be tuning in and doing my best to not yell at my TV when something isn’t accurate. I am also really excited to see Megan Follows as Queen Catherine. Many of you will remember Megan as Anne from the Anne of Green Gables miniseries.
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