Excellent news… the Bridgerton-verse is expanding!
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Based upon the series of novels by Julia Quinn, Netflix’s “Bridgerton” is a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all.
Not only have Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of the Regency-set period drama been confirmed, but now a spinoff series is also in the works.
Netflix and Shondaland have announced plans for an all-new limited series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte — the reimagined and beloved character played by Golda Rosheuvel, who captivated 82 million households around the world in Season 1 of “Bridgerton.”
While the new costume drama will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte (who isn’t part of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books), it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
About the upcoming spinoff, Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria shared “Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before “Bridgerton” brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of “Bridgerton.”
Shonda Rhimes will write the new series; an official title and more details will be revealed at a later time. Jinny Howe, VP, Original Series at Netflix reminds us that “The show is a fictional portrayal of London in 1813 that lifts the facade of Regency life. Chris Van Dusen and Shondaland’s Regency reimagined isn’t meant to be history. It’s designed to be more lavish, sexier and funnier than the standard period drama. “Bridgerton” took a seed of truth about Queen Charlotte’s background to reimagine her as a Black monarch using her power to affect broader change in British society.”
Bajaria added that the growing “Bridgerton” universe would keep delivering “the same quality and style” that fans of Season 1 love. “And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.”
While Season 1 followed Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she made her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market, Season 2 of “Bridgerton” focuses on Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) quest for love.
Though we are all curious as to what his future holds, Lady Whistledown herself has made it quite clear in her Society Papers that while she will be reporting on his romantic activities, she will not be sharing any more about Season 2 yet, reminding us that “Patience, after all, is a virtue.”
We do know that Rege-Jean Page (the Duke of Hastings) will not be returning, and that in Julia Quinn’s second book in the series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), tries to find true love for her brother Anthony, and that his intended is a young woman named Edwina (Charithra Chandran). However, Anthony’s heart beats for Edwina’s sister, the new-to-London, scheming and meddlesome Kate Sheffield (Simone Ashley), “a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”
Dynevor teased that she expects Season 2 will also hold some “baby action” for her character Daphne. “I’d like to see her evolve as a mother, and as a woman… She’s got her Prince Charming, and her child and everything she ever wanted, so what’s next? Where does someone go when they get everything they want?”
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen, who brilliantly brought Season 1 to life, is currently in production on Season 2. He said “With “Bridgerton,” I set out to make the period show I always wanted to see. I never could’ve anticipated how much the rest of the world also wanted to see it.” (And would love the costumes.)
Jess Brownell, who served as a writer on “Bridgerton” Season 1, and writer/producer on the second season, has been announced as Showrunner for Seasons 3 and 4. Brownell said “It’s been incredibly rewarding working… on the first two seasons of “Bridgerton,” and now, as these beloved characters are entrusted to me, I cannot wait to lend my unique vision to the next two seasons.”
With so much more “Bridgerton” to come, it’s a great time to read the eight books that inspired the series if you haven’t already. As it became Netflix’s biggest series, the popularity of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels ballooned – at one point five books from the series were on the New York Times Best Sellers list, with the first book in the series, The Duke and I holding steady at #1 for four weeks.
From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series continues to unveil a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.
The second season of “Bridgerton” promises lots of new characters, and stars Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton), Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton), Simone Ashley (Kate Sharma), Charithra Chandran (Edwina Sharma), Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Ruby Barker (Marina Thompson), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Ruby Stokes (Francesca Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Polly Walker (Lady Portia Featherington), Calam Lynch (Theo Sharpe), Rupert Young (Jack), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs. Varley), Jessica Madsen (Cressida Cowper), Kathryn Drysdale (Genevieve Delacroix) Joanna Bobin (Lady Cowper), Emma Naomi (Alice Mondrich), Hugh Sachs (Brimsley) and Julie Andrews (Voice of Lady Whistledown).
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to see The Period Films List, with the best British period dramas, historical and costume movies and TV series sorted by era, read about The Costumes in Bridgerton here, and see the list of period dramas new on Netflix Summer 2021 here.