(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.

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“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)

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“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.”

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

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