We're hearing a lot of bad news about The Crown, including why no network wanted to run it.

Anyone who has watched the first two seasons of The Crown has immediately become obsessed with it.

The period drama follows the inner workings and scandals of the British royal family.

It also involves a lot of corgis and scones with jam and cream.

Watching an episode of The Crown is like boning up on parts of history you never knew were so damn fascinating and… scandalous.

It’s a viewing experience like no other.

Vanessa Kirby explains all the drama that went on behind the scenes of The Crown on The Binge.

That’s why it’s so surprising to learn that a lot of major TV networks turned down The Crown before Netflix picked it up.

Speaking at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem this week , Andy Harries, the CEO of Left Bank (the production company behind the Netflix hit) explained the show didn’t immediately find a home.

“No one turned down The Crown but they didn’t pick it up either,” said Harries. “Their reservation was that it was too British.”

Erm, yeah, it’s a show about the British royal family… featuring corgis… and scones.

Harries and Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie and production designer Martin Childs, also let slip that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for their respective roles in the first two seasons… when she was the motherflippin’ Queen.

The panel explained Smith was paid more because of his “Dr Who fame” but things would be different in the coming seasons.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Mackie.

Laura Brodnik, Mamamia’s Entertainment Editor, interviews The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby. Post continues. 

For season three the series is recasting its major characters to reflect the jump in their age.

We already know Olivia Colman is stepping in to play the role of Queen Elizabeth (YAS KWEEN) and now we finally have some clues about what’s going to happen in season three.

The Crown’s casting director, Nina Gold (who also cast Game of Thrones), dropped some hints to Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller last month.

“Charles, Camilla, and Anne are going to be pretty interesting characters to follow, because they are just coming into their own,” she told the publication.


Gold said she’s likely going to cast lesser-known actors for the roles.

“It’s quite interesting and fun to try and find new or new-ish talent. When we cast Claire and Vanessa, they had done loads of really good work, but they weren’t very well-known to this kind of worldwide audience — which was great, because they totally owned the characters without too much baggage.”

With Prince Charles, Gold is auditioning characters from a large age range as they will be portraying him over 14 years of his life. The character will age from 16 to the late twenties and graduate from school and university and begin Charles’ naval career.

The character will also meet Camilla Parker Bowles for the first time during this season, but Princess Diana won’t be making an appearance until season four.

God bless the corgis… and the scones.

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