Bridgerton fans may be losing a beloved member of the ton, but will be able to enjoy their other favorites in Regency London for at least two more seasons.
Ahead of the Season 2 premiere comes news that the record-setting Netflix NFLX show has been renewed for seasons 3 and 4.
“Bridgerton swept us off our feet,” said Bela Bajaria, vice president of global television at Netflix. “The creative team, led by Shonda [Rhimes], knew the material and delivered a beautiful, emotional, romantic drama for our members. They have some exciting plans for the future, and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We’re planning to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.”
Bridgerton is Rhimes’ first production as part of her $100 million deal with the streaming service. It’s an investment that has proven very successful as the drama became the most-watched Netflix original series in the company’s history. Season 1 was watched by a record 82 million households around the world, partially or in its entirety, according to Netflix’s own viewership metrics.
“From the first time I read Julia Quinn’s delicious Bridgerton series, I knew these were stories that would captivate a viewing audience,” said Rhimes in a statement. “But the evolution of this adaptation would not be a success without the many significant contributions of the entire Shondaland team. This two-season pickup is a strong vote of confidence in our work and I feel incredibly grateful to have partners as collaborative and creative as Netflix. Betsy [Beers] and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue bringing the world of Bridgerton to a worldwide audience.”
Only a few days ago, fans were reeling from the news that breakout star Regé-Jean Page would not be reprising his role as the dashing Duke of Hastings. His co-lead Phoebe Dynevor will return as the Duchess of Hastings to aid in her brother Anthony’s (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a Viscountess to pledge his intentions to. Recently it was announced that Simone Ashley (seen in Because the Night, Sex Education) has been tapped to star opposite Bailey as Kate Sharma. Four other new faces are also coming to Mayfair including Kate’s sister Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) and step-mother Lady Mary (Shelley Conn), printer’s assistant Theo Sharpe (Calam Lynch), and Jack (Rupert Young) who is described as the connection of a notable family.
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The show is based on Julia Quinn’s Regency-era novels centered around the Bridgerton family. Each book follows the eight Bridgerton siblings’ path to matrimony.
Bridgerton is executive produced by Rhimes, Beers, and showrunner Chris Van Dusen. Production on the new season started this week.