Shonda Rhimes’ New Show Is Like ‘Gossip Girl’ Meets ‘Downton Abbey’
Um, these first pics? SOLD.
This year, we're all getting a Christmas gift from world-famous showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes' new Netflix series—her first with the streaming platform—is premiering December 25th, and it's going to be something along the lines of Gossip Girl's scandal meets Downton Abbey's historical drama.
Bridgerton, based on the bestselling romance novels by Julia Quinn, is set in the same era of Jane Austen's classic romances—between Regency and late Georgian England.
But unlike so many Regency-set tales, Rhimes' Bridgerton features a "race-blind" cast.
IndieWire announced that news on October 15th and noted the cast of stars, including Phoebe Dynevor, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Bailey, Ruby Barker, Rege-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan, Polly Walker, Harriet Cains, Ben Miller, and Bessie Carter, to name just a few.
Plus, as Rhimes confirmed in an October 15th tweet, crowd favorite and cross-generational icon Julie Andrews is also slated to appear in Bridgerton.
In the same tweet thread, Rhimes also talked about bringing Quinn's book series to Netflix. "I’ve been a fan of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series since I can remember. The originality. The sexiness," Rhimes wrote. "The storytelling. Everything about it. I quickly knew that @shondaland had to turn them into a series."
Judging by the Bridgerton photos alone, we're in for some incredible costuming, excellent casting, and over-the-top locations. See the first pics from Netflix throughout below.
Historical romance/drama lovers, eat your heart out.
"Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth," Quinn writes on her official Bridgerton series website.
She had intended to write a trilogy about the family, however, after receiving so much love for her novels, Quinn penned an additional five books all within a six-year period.
As of right now, Bridgerton has been picked up by Netflix for just one season, so it's unknown yet if all eight books will be adapted by Shondaland for the screen. But with so much hype already surrounding the eight-episode first season (each episode will be an hour long), future seasons of Bridgerton can most likely be expected.
Bridgerton and its steamy romance plotlines will be available to binge on Netflix come Christmas Day, December 25th. We're so ready to fall in love.