Bridgerton, the Shonda Rhimes production company Shondaland's flirty drama, which became a huge hit after debuting on Netflix on December 25th, is set to return for a second season.
The renewal was announced Thursday morning in a tweet and announcement from Lady Whistledowns Society Papers, the society's gossip publication featured on the show. "The bin is full of the latest gossip, and so it is my honor to announce that Bridgerton is officially returning for a second season," the letter reads. "I hope you saved a bottle of Ratafia for this most wonderful occasion."
Season two production, which will be closely followed by Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, will begin this spring, Netflix said. A release date for the second season has not yet been 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, has climbed to the top of Netflix's top 10 lists and has been among the top three most popular shows since its debut remained. (Today it's the second biggest show or movie in the US.) Produced by Rhimes, it's her first series for Netflix since she signed her mega-deal with the streamer in 2017.
Last week, Netflix predicted 63 million households will have seen the show by the time it's on duty for four weeks, making it one of the streamer's most sought-after shows. (It's worth noting that Netflix counts a 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 provides an indication of how the service's content is intended to stand out from its competitors' programming offerings. Speaking to investors this week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took a look at competitor Disney + and stated that shows like Bridgerton, which are full of romantic storylines and adult-only scenes, likely wouldn't appear on the competitive service .
"It's going to be great for the world to see Disney and Netflix competing show-by-show, film-by-film, and we're really excited to see them in family animations and maybe eventually we shall see them overtake," said Hastings. "We still have a long way to go to catch them (in family animations), and keeping our lead in general entertainment is as stimulating – like Bridgerton, who I don't think you'll be seeing at Disney anytime soon. "
Netflix had previously cleared up the show's second season renewal in a letter to shareholders on Tuesday about the quarterly results, reporting that it had exceeded 200 million subscribers worldwide.
Prepare for another social season! @Bridgerton will be back for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/cYbgIhPUbC
– Netflix (@netflix) January 21, 2021