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The Crown Gives Nod to Her Majesty

How do you handle a delicate matter like, say, shooting a TV show about a monarchy when the Monarch dies while you’re shooting the next season? Streaming giant Netflix has suspended production on the sixth season of its Emmy Award-winning series The Crown out of respect for the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll. Meantime, the fifth season will hit the small screen in November. According to CNN, Netflix subscribers have flocked to the series about the British royal family. After the death of Elizabeth ll, interest in the series’ first four seasons has pushed the docudrama into the ten most-watched programs for the week with 17.6 million viewing hours. Claire Foy and Olivia Colman portray the Queen over the first four seasons. Imelda Staunton assumes the role for seasons five and six. Does The Crown strictly adhere to the facts? In all likelihood, no. Do we care? I don’t. It’s basically a soap opera with better sets, clothes, and jewels. And it’s fun.

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