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The streaming giant has handed out a second-season renewal for the period drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Season two will resume production in spring 2021 in London. The pickup arrives after the drama, based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels, launched on Christmas to impressive reviews.
Netflix noted that the Shondaland drama was on pace to be seen by 63 million households across its first 28 days of release. While the company, like other streamers, does not release traditional viewership data, it counts two minutes — aka long enough to illustrate the choice to watch was intentional — as a view.
Bridgerton has an impressive 90 percent and 83 percent rating among critics and viewers, respectively, on RottenTomatoes.com. The drama starring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor serves as Rhimes’ first show for Netflix after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator departed her longtime home at ABC for a five-year, $100 million overall deal with the streamer in 2017.
Through the pact, Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers have big plans for Shondaland at Netflix and are prepping multiple other projects, including the Anna Delvey drama Inventing Anna, which is due this year. Other titles in the works include Recursion, The Warmth of Other Suns, Reset, The Residence, anthology Notes on Love, and a film and TV universe collaboration with Matt Reeves (The Batman).
Rhimes continues to exec produce ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19, with showrunner Krista Vernoff overseeing the day to day on both shows. Sources note that renewal talks for Grey’s — currently in its 18th season — have been underway for months.
As for Bridgerton, showrunner Chris Van Dusen (Scandal) has a long-term plan in place and hopes the drama runs eight seasons — one for each book in author Quinn’s series. Season two is expected to be based on Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me.
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