Stars, Creator of The CW’s ‘Reign’ Defend Show

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(L-R) Toby Regbo as Prince Francis, Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Torrance Coombs as Bash of 'Reign' (credit: Mathieu Young/The CW)

(L-R) Toby Regbo as Prince Francis, Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Torrance Coombs as Bash of ‘Reign’ (credit: Mathieu Young/The CW)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (CBS SF/AP) – The cast and creator of the upcoming CW series “Reign,” about the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defending creative liberties taken for the show.

“Reign” stars Adelaide Kane as Mary, a 15-year-old who arrives at court because of an arranged marriage to Francis, the future king of France.

One issue: Francis is played by hunky actor Toby Regbo when in reality Francis was a sickly child.

And to keep things interesting, there’s a love triangle where Mary is torn between her husband-to-be and another hunky character named Sebastian, who never existed.

(L-R) Actors Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo of 'Reign' (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(L-R) Actors Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo of ‘Reign’ (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Kane says the show’s target demo of 18- to 34-year-olds won’t care. “How many teenage girls do you know that are obsessed with history? I know I wasn’t at that age,” Kane said Tuesday at the annual Television Critics Association press tour.

(L-R) Actors Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and executive producer Laurie McCarthy (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(L-R) Actors Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and executive producer Laurie McCarthy (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

“It’s also TV, so you can take creative license. It’s entertainment, it’s not the History channel,” said Kane, adding that she did a lot of research to play Mary.

Torrance Coombs, who plays Sebastian, joked about his character not being real in history.

Executive Producer Laurie McCarthy said she uses Mary’s story as a template for storytelling.

“I actually feel liberated by the actual facts of her life.”

WATCH A PREVIEW OF ‘REIGN':

“Reign” premieres October 17 on KBCW 44 Cable 12.

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