Bridgerton will be back for a second season at Netflix. On Thursday, it was announced that the streamer has officially ordered season 2 of the popular drama series following rave reviews and high viewership. Premiering on Christmas, Bridgerton is on track to be watched in 63 million households within its first 28 days of release. With the second season a go, season 2 is set to begin production in London in Spring 2021.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes and developed for the small screen by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton is a period drama set in London 1813. It follows the Bridgerton family led by Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), along with the Featheringtons, which includes Portia, Lady Featherington (Polly Walker) and her husband, Archibald the Baron (Ben Miller). Also starring are Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, and Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Viscount Birdgerton.
Bridgerton is the first show from Rhimes for Netflix as a part of her $100 million overall deal with the streamer. Along with Shondaland producing partner Betsy Beers, the pair are producing multiple other projects for Netflix. Another title in the works includes the sci-fi movie Recursion with The Batman director Matt Reeves. Created by Rhimes, the upcoming drama series Inventing Anna is also due to arrive on Netflix this year with Julia Garner starring as Russian fraudster Anna Delvey.
Written by Julia Quinn, the first installment of the Bridgerton book series, The Duke and I, was published in 2000. The series concluded in 2006 with the book On the Way to the Wedding, which won the 2007 RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. Many of the original book titles made it to the New York Times Bestseller List and the penultimate book, On the Way to the Wedding, won the 2007 RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. In 2013, Quinn also published The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, a collection of "second epilogues" for each of the books with a bonus story about Violet Bridgerton.
"Truly, I never thought this would happen to me," Quinn said of her novel series getting the Netflix treatment in an ET interview last month. "And I never thought it would happen to anyone because nobody was adapting romance novels, historical, or really even contemporary for screen other than Hallmark movies. If somebody was going to do a period piece, they wanted to do another adaptation of Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters. Those are all wonderful, but the historical romance novels that are being written today are a little bit different."
As for how long the Netflix series could ultimately go on, showrunner Chris Van Dusen is hoping for an eight-season run. There are long-term plans in place to go that far with the idea of using one season to adapt each of the eight titles in Quinn's original book series. Season 2 is expected to be based on The Viscount Who Loved Me. Whether the show will be able to last the full eight seasons remains to be seen, as Netflix has a reputation for ending popular shows prematurely. News of Bridgerton getting a season 2 renewal comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.