Bridgerton, the flirty period drama from Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland that became a huge hit after its December 25 debut on Netflix, will return for a second season.
The renewal was announced Thursday morning in a tweet and in an ad from Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, the company’s gossip post featured on the show. “The ton is buzzing with the latest gossip, so it’s my honor to tell you: Bridgerton will officially be back for a second season,” the letter read. “I hope you have saved a bottle of ratafia for this most enjoyable occasion.”
Production on the second season, which will follow Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, will begin this spring, Netflix said. The release date for the second season has yet to be set.
The show, an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels and created by Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal writer and producer Chris Van Dusen, rose to the top of Netflix’s 10 best lists and remained in the top three shows. popular since its inception. (Today is the # 2 show or movie in US) It is produced by Rhimes and is his first series for Netflix since signing his megadeal with the streamer in 2017.
Last week Netflix projected that 63 million households will have watched the show by the time it’s been on the service for four weeks, making it one of the streamer’s most requested series to date. (Netflix, it should be noted, counts one view when a household watches 2 minutes of an episode.)
While the show’s renewal isn’t entirely surprising given its popularity, the show itself gives an indication of how the service’s content seeks to stand out from the programming offerings of its competitors. In one call investors this weekNetflix CEO Reed Hastings took to competitor Disney +, saying shows like Bridgerton, chock-full of romantic stories and scenes only suitable for adults, are unlikely to appear on the rival service.
“It will be great for the world that Disney and Netflix are competing show by show, movie by movie, and we’re very excited to catch them in a family animation, maybe overtaking them eventually, we’ll see.” , Hastings said. “We have a long way to go to catch them [in family animation], and keeping our lead in general entertainment is so stimulating – like Bridgerton, that I don’t think you’ll see on Disney anytime soon.
Netflix had previously teased the show’s season two renewal in a letter to shareholders on Tuesday detailing its quarterly results, reporting that it had has exceeded 200 million subscribers worldwide.
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