Reign EP talks breaking away from history

Aug 28, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ET

Which is more important: Historical accuracy or sexiness? That depends on who you ask! On Reign, you'll get plenty of sexiness.

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The creators and EPs of The CW's Reign are coming under fire this week due to some artistic liberties they've taken with the history surrounded Mary Queen of Scots' time in France.

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What's the problem? First, things aren't exactly historically accurate. When the real Mary showed up in France to meet her husband-to-be, she found a feeble child. Reign's version of her history is a little older and a lot more... hunky. But why wouldn't it be? Would you want to watch Mary try to love a sickly kid? To add even more intrigue, the creator has added in a brand-new second love interest for Mary. His name is Sebastian and he didn't even exist in Mary's real life.

Many think The CW's version of history is too far from the truth, but others understand the artistic license involved in making Reign. Sure, it's not 100 percent accurate, but their target demographic is fairly young girls who aren't exactly looking for historical accuracy. If, however, the show is intriguing enough to make viewers pick up, you know, a history book... doesn't it all work out in the end?

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To help make the case for the more studly men and the sexier wardrobe, The CW has rolled out a brand-new trailer featuring the show's executive producer, Laurie McCarthy. Here's what she has to say about history vs. fiction.


Interesting! If you're a history buff, Reign may not be the show for you. If, however, you love romance and frilly dresses, if you have a daughter whose interest in history you'd like to try to pique, or if you happen to love shows like The Tudors and The White Queen, then you're probably going to love Reign. We do! We can't wait for the show to begin.

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