TV briefs: 'The Royals'

The Fresno BeeMarch 17, 2014 

Royal pains: E! has ordered it's first original scripted series, "The Royals," a one hour drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London. The series takes place in a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. The series will premiere in 2015.

Set and shot in Great Britain, "The Royals" pits public perception of the royal family against the reality of life inside the castle walls, from the lavish parties and high stakes political summits, to the private family gatherings and secret romances. However, being born into this elite circle comes at a cost and the Royals' lives are played out on a world stage where press is 24/7 and social media drives an insatiable appetite to follow their every move.

The ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn.

No bull: Gabriel Luna ("Dance with the One") has been cast in the lead role in the El Rey network's second scripted original, "Matador."

Nicky Whelan ("Scrubs") and Neil Hopkins ("Lost") also have been cast in the series, which starts production later this month and is set for a July premiere on Robert Rodriguez's new cable channel.

Kitchen work: Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") is heading to the kitchen to host TNT's new series "On the Menu," with Chef Emeril Lagasse signing on as Menu Master. "On the Menu" is television's first cooking show to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode, as well as give everyday cooks the chance to have their dish appear in dining institutions across the country. It's slated to premiere in the fall.

In each episode, a group of home cooks will be challenged to create a the next signature dish for that week's selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand or other American food business.


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