Friday, August 14, 2015
The Top Ten Royals in TV History
It seems Americans can never get enough of the Royal Family but now that Princess Charlotte’s christening is behind us, there might not be any big Kate and Will news for a while. Luckily there are lots of other TV royals to choose from on primetime, in re-runs and on Netflix. Here's a countdown of the Top Ten Royals in TV History.
10.The Countess Lu Ann on The Real Housewives of New York
It's easy to think of choice words to call a lot of the ladies of the Real Housewives franchise, but only one has an actual title. She's the Countess Luann deLesseps. Born Luann Nadeau, to a Connecticut construction company owner, she garnered the moniker when she wed Count Alexandre de Lesseps in 1993. Although she lost her official peerage upon her divorce from the Count, she maintains a "courtesy title." Take that Bethenny.
9. Prince Lorenzo Borgheseon The Bachelor
Okay, so he might not have been the most exciting suitor, but so far Lorenzo Borghese is the only contestant on The Bachelor to have papal titles in his lineage. Unfortunately Lorenzo didn't find a princess to rule over his Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa kingdom. Yet he managed to bounce back and in 2010 published his first romance novel The Princess of Nowhere.
8. Alice Krige as the Borg Queen on Star Trek: Voyager
In 2001 Alice Krige reprised her role as the Borg Queen from the film Star Trek: First Contact on the series Voyager. Her appearance on the TV show may have been fleeting, but she's the hottest bald-headed, alien royal to ever grace the small screen.
7. Jonathan Rhys Meyer as Henry VIII on The Tudors
Forget the fact that the ultra-hot Jonathan Rhys Meyer looks nothing like any portrait of Henry VIII known to man. He brought sexy back to the monarchy on The Tudors. As for those who complain about any historic inaccuracies - off with their heads.
6. Denis O'Hare asRussell Edgington the Vampire Kingon True Blood
In the third season of True Blood, Denis O'Hare joined the cast as the vampire king Russell Edgington. Where most vamps have managed to walk the fine line between dangerous and seductive — Edgington managed to just keep things deliciously creepy.
5. Stuart Damon as the Prince in Cinderella
Soap fans know Stuart Damon as Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital. But one of his first big TV roles was that of the Prince in the 1965 version of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The dashing young Damon proved to the girl who lived among the ashes, played by 19 year-old newcomer Lesley Ann Warren, that impossible things could happen.
4. Lucy Lawless as Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess
Little girls who dreamed of donning tiaras and taffeta gowns, did not dress as Xena: Warrior Princess for Halloween. But when it came to TV royalty, Xena was certainly the ultimate role model for female empowerment. The redemption-seeking outlaw was far more adept with a sword than a scepter and she didn't need a handsome prince to save from distress.
3. Ozzy Osbourne as the Prince of Darkness on The Osbournes
In 2002 heavy metal God Ozzy Osbourne and his clan opened their doors to the world in the first modern-day family reality show. The self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness showed a more mundane side while petting his dogs and fiddling with the remote control. And most importantly, no bats were harmed in the making of the series.
2. Will Smith as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Kevin James as The King of Queens
There's a tie for funniest royal in TV sitcom history. While Will Smith was ultra-charming as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Kevin James had an everyman appeal as The King of Queens. It's impossible to choose between the two, so they'll have to rule the retro comedy kingdom together - happily ever after.
1. Count von Count on Sesame Street
It takes all kinds down on Sesame Street. The block is chock full of monsters, big birds and an assorted grouch or two. But there's only one royal in the hood — the Count von Count. An homage to Dracula, not only does the fang toothed Muppet hold a title, he educates kids one number at a time.