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‘The Royals’ Renewed for Season 2 Before Series Debut on E!

E! just got a second dose of royalty.

The Royals” has been given a very early renewal for a second season before its first season’s debut, Jeff Olde, E! exec VP, original programming and development, announced at NBC Cable’s Television Critics Assn. press tour on Thursday in Pasadena.

The soapy drama, which follows a contemporary British royal family and stars Elizabeth Hurley, Alexandra Park, William Moseley, Merritt Patterson and Vincent Regan, marks the first-ever scripted series for the cabler.

Dame Joan Collins, who plays the mother of Queen Helena (Hurley), joined the panel — creator Mark Schwahn and cast members Park, Hurley, Moseley and Patterson — at TCA. “I know there’s been a lot of excitement about it in the British press,” Collins said, adding that she’s not worried about what the real queen may think of the drama-fueled series.

Schwahn commented, “It’s a royal family, not the royal family.”

“House of DVF,” Diane Von Furstenberg’s fashion house competition series, has also been given a second season.

The announcements mark the first major moves by Frances Berwick, who was named president of the recently formed Lifestyle Networks Group, which houses E!, Esquire, Bravo and Oxygen.

Watch the new extended trailer for “The Royals,” featuring Joan Collins:

“The Royals” Season 1 premieres March 15 on E!

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