'The Royals': A trailer and first impressions of E!'s first scripted series

e-the-royals-trailer-elizabeth-hurley.jpgE! has released a short teaser trailer from its first original scripted series, "The Royals," but the network played a much longer cut at the NBCU Cable upfront presentation in front of advertisers on Thursday (May 15).

The teaser, embedded below, does a good job of showing just how sexy and debaucherous this show aims to be, plus it reveals a couple of major plot points. First, the eldest son of this royal family dies in the pilot, which ups the younger son to heir to the throne. Second, the king reveals to his family that he's considering asking Parliament to abandon the monarchy. Whaaa?

"The Royals" is scheduled to shoot in London over the summer of 2014. Check out the short teaser below.

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