Bling Empire is proving to be a big hit with fans, and the cast is ready to go for round two. But whether that happens is up in the air. Netflix released Bling Empire on January 15, 2021, and this reality series centers around wealthy Asians and Asian-Americans in the Los Angeles area. It is the first American reality television show to feature a main cast made up of East Asians living in the United States.
Bling Empire was called "a glittery new addition to Netflix" by Mashable and was described as a real-life Crazy Rich Asians by Tatler, and The Telegraph said that the "epic rivalries", "ridiculous" problems and "self-serving" philosophy of the characters was all "deliciously odious to observe". Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the successful premiere, though, fans can't help but wonder ... Will there be a second season, and if so, when?
So far, the stars of the series have been hinting at the possibility. Radio Times stated that when cast member Kelly Mi Li was asked on Instagram if they were filming again, she replied, "Not yet, but hopefully soon!". And on OprahMag.com, Christine Chiu, who is married to the 24th direct descendent of the Song emperor, said, "If you thought I dropped a big bomb in season one, then you have no idea", going so far as to say that her latest news was "timely in our climate" and would "touch many lives".
Some of them even mentioned what they themselves would like to see in a second season. When Kevin Kreider and Kane Kim discussed the future with Entertainment Tonight, they put a focus on travel; Kevin said he would like to go to South Korea, while Kane said they tried to travel in season one.
"...Obviously with time constraints and stuff like that, we couldn't. I would actually like to fly the whole cast to Singapore, show them what Singapore truly is."
Even the producer of the show, Jeff Jenkins, chimed in on the buzz surrounding the cast, telling Town & Country, "I mean, there's so much that has happened in their lives since season one was shot. There's just so much going on. God willing, viewers enjoy it and respond."
Relationships were a central focus of Bling Empire, with Cherie Chan and Jessey Lee getting engaged and with Kelly and Andrew Gray's (a.k.a. the red Power Ranger) ups and downs (all while Kevin made it clear how he felt about Kelly!). These stories alone call for a continuation on Netflix, as viewers want to know what happens next.
Additionally, the world wants and needs to see more of Anna Shay's dramatic moments with Christine, more of Kim Lee's DJ skills and more of Jaime Xie's fashion choices. Everyone deserves to get a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of entrepreneurs, socialites, heiresses and families who earn their wealth through real estate, shipping, furniture, tech and arms dealing, to name a few. Plus, there were the heartfelt moments to watch and admire, such as Kevin looking into his origins, Kim searching for her father and friends being there for one another, though the good and the bad. Hopefully, we get to see more of this and then some in a second season of Bling Empire.