Stephanie SenGupta, the mind that came up with the new CW series 'Reign' about a young Mary Queen of Scots, has exited the project before the first episode has even aired.
Co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner SenGupta will depart the project, leaving co-creator/executive producer Laurie McCarthy as sole showrunner on the series. This is dismaying news, as all reports contend that 'Reign' was SenGupta's idea; however it seems that over the course of production, SenGupta and McCarthy were not seeing eye to eye. SenGupta will be leaving to develop a new series, as sole showrunner.
The high-profile upcoming series 'Reign' has a lot of buzz and landed the coveted timeslot following 'The Vampire Diaries' on The CW. "The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue;" the Logline suggests a potential series mired in actual history, with some embellishments and dramatic elements added.
There is no shortage of real drama in the history books surrounding Mary Stuart, including the Treaty of Greenwich and her betrothing at the age of five. She was accompanied, when moved to the French court, by four girls her own age (who presumably will round out the supporting cast for 'Reign'). There were many who believed Mary to be the rightful heir to the English throne, as well; rebellions were waged in that honor. There are endless directions that 'Reign' could take, now that it has been picked up to series.
SenGupta recently served as executive producer on 'Hawaii Five-0.' It stands to reason that the television veteran will land on her feet.