Good news if you’re one of the 63 million people who loved Bridgerton on Netflix so far.
The show’s creators are hinting that we could get eight seasons of the regency drama. It’s been stealing hearts since arriving on Christmas day, telling the story of debutantes searching for love in the 19th Century.
It revolves around Daphne Bridgerton and Duke Simon Basset (who everyone has fallen in love with).
The series was created by Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes, who also gave us Grey’s Anatomy.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of whether the show will be continuing, and this is the best sign we’ve had yet.
In an interview with Collider, Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen was asked whether he wants to make each of the Bridgerton siblings’ books into a season of the Netflix show.
He says: “[T]his being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure,”
He was then asked: “So, you want eight seasons?”. Van Dusen replied, “I would love that. In success, I would love that.”
The series was adapted from Julia Quinn’s book series, and each book focuses on a different Bridgerton sibling. Daphne’s was the first, and the second book is called The Viscount Who Loved Me. It follows Daphne Bridgerton’s elder brother Anthony, who is on the hunt for a wife. In the first series we saw his relationship with opera singer Siena Rosso.
The book series in full is: The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From A Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s In His Kiss, and On The Way To The Wedding.
Shonda Rhimes was determined to make the series work. She told the Hollywood Reporter last year: “I remember I was almost scaring people, like, ‘We have to get these crazy romance novels – they’re hot and they’re sexy and they’re really interesting.’”
Switching Things Up
When the series was first announced, some people were upset by the diversity of the cast. In an interview with The Guardian, author Julie Quinn says she’s pleased that the race of some of the characters was changed for TV: “I think it’s wonderful and joyous,” says Quinn. “Previously , I’ve gotten dinged by the historical accuracy police.”
She continues: “So in some ways, I was fearful – if you do that, are you denying real things that happened? But you know what? This is already romantic fantasy, and I think it’s more important to show that as many people as possible deserve this type of happiness and dignity. So I think they made the absolutely right choice, bringing in all this inclusivity.”
One of the cast, Nicola Coughlan who plays Penelope Featherington, had a dig at critics when the news of the success came in.
The series has set pulses racing with plenty of sex scenes (causing some embarrassment on Christmas afternoon for people watching with their families). The stars of the show have revealed that they worked with an intimacy coordinator for weeks beforehand, carefully planning each raunchy scene.
Phoebe Dynevor who plays Daphne told BAZAAR.com: “We blocked and rehearsed all the intimacy scenes weeks and weeks before we started to do things. By the time we got to set, we knew what we were doing. We felt really comfortable, we knew each other, we’d already formed that relationship. We were very lucky to have all that time.”
She said they had plenty of time rehearsing other skills too. “We had so much time to get to know each other. We did a lot of rehearsing. I think the thing that actually really helped the chemistry was all the dance rehearsals, because we just spent so much time with our choreographer, Jack Murphy, and loads of time in the studio—just me, Regé, and Jack sort of getting the moves right and dancing and dancing to this modern, fun music. And we just got time to play and sort of form a connection. I think that was so beneficial actually in getting the chemistry right,” Dynevor told BAZAAR.
Fans are obsessed with the show so far.
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