During New York Comic Con, The CW's Reign panel attendees screened the pilot episode, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the cast, including Adelaide Kane ("Teen Wolf"), Toby Regbo ("One Day"), Torrance Coombs ("The Tudors") and executive producer Laurie McCarthy ("CSI: Miami").
Reign takes place 500 years ago, with the story of teenage Mary Queen of Scots, who is joined by her four best friends as ladies-in-waiting, as she arrives in France, betrothed to Prince Francis, with a promising future ahead. Unbeknownst to her, she will soon be fighting for survival amid fierce foes, dark forces and dangerous sexual intrigue.
It's a show filled with sex, lies, betrayal and beheading with mythology and superstition mixed in. With a glimpse at some phenomenal fashion thus far, Reign reminds me of the "Gossip Girl" of the 16th century but much darker, with a Blair-Chuck-Dan love triangle and Blair surrounded by her minions. I do like the chemistry between Adelaide, Toby and Torrance's characters. I am routing for a romance between Mary Queen of Scots and Sebastian, Prince Francis' half brother, so I'll definitely be tuning in to see how it all plays out.
Check out some of the video footage I took during the panel:
The cast of Reign discuss their experiences on set.
Adelaide Kane and Laurie McCarthy discuss fashion and costume design on the show, from sourced costumes, couture and vintage pieces, original and handmade pieces, with wardrobe done by Meredith Markworth-Pollack.
- Kim Weling