E! has given an early season two pickup to its first original scripted series, "The Royals," starring <strong>Elizabeth Hurley</strong> and <strong>Vincent Regan</strong> as Queen Helena and King Simon, it was announcced today during the NBC Cable portion of the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena. The series, which is set to premiere on the network on <strong>Sunday, March 15</strong>, will also add Universal Cable Productions as co-producing partner alongside Lionsgate Television Group.

"The Royals" marks E!'s first entry in the original scripted drama series game when it premieres <strong>Sunday, March 15</strong>, and as the network highlights the annual Christmas address by Queen Helena (<strong>Elizabeth Hurley</strong>), who says, "I'm supposed to tell you what a wonderful year it's been. I'm supposed to smile and stick to the script. But the truth is, as a family, as a monarchy, we're hanging on by a thread," we can't help but prepare to witness the next great soapy drama!

May you now and forever refer to her as a dame! <strong>Queen Elizabeth II</strong> has awarded actress <strong>Joan Collins</strong> ("Dynasty," "Guiding Light") with the honor of damehood, reports the <em>BBC</em>.