Today in “duh”, Netflix renewed Bridgerton for a second season. The series, produced by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, was a huge hit when it premiered on Christmas Day, so this comes as no surprise. If you haven’t watched, Bridgerton is basically Gossip Girl meets Pride & Prejudice. An anonymous gossipmonger in Regency-era London named “Lady Whistledown” (voiced by JULIE ANDREWS) narrates the series and fucks up everyone’s lives by spilling all their tea in a newsletter. The main romance is between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dyvenor) and the sexy/grumpy Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). It’s hot.
Each of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books (written in the last twenty years, so there’s actual sex and not just longing glances) tackles the love life of one of the Bridgerton siblings. The first season was about Daphne and was based on the source material. Next season will likely focus on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest brother with sideburns (via EW):
“The show was always set out to be primarily one book per season,” showrunner Chris Van Dusen previously told EW. For those looking to get an early start on the sophomore season’s potential arc, the second book in Quinn’s series is The Viscount Who Loved Me.
Since there are eight siblings, the show will ideally run for eight seasons. Unless some of the main stars get too big for their britches or corsets and try to break out of their contracts to star in big movies a la Katherine Heigl. I’m sure Shonda will be totally cool with that.
Netflix got lazy and actually got Lady Whistledown to write the renewal announcement:
— shondaland tv (@shondaland) January 21, 2021
I’m into it. I held off watching for a few weeks, but eventually folded like a cheap umbrella and binged the entire series in two days. It was highly sexy and enjoyable, except for one glaring error: second eldest brother shoulda been queer. I was waiting with (mastur)bated breath the entire time, and then… nada. Please, Netflix. Don’t be daft. We, the people, need more queer sex scenes! Make! Him! Gay!
Lady Emily Hornsalot