Netflix has officially renewed the hit Shonda Rhimes series for Seasons 3 and 4 as Season 2 begins filming this week, Vanity Fair reported.
“‘Bridgerton’ swept us off our feet,” Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria said in a statement. “The creative team, led by Shonda, knew the material and delivered a beautiful, emotional, romantic drama for our members. They have some exciting plans for the future, and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We’re planning to be in the ‘Bridgerton’ business for a long time to come.”
The steamy period drama, which follows Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, will follow Lord Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) and his romantic intrigues for Season 2, which will also bring in “Sex Education” actress Simone Ashley.
But thanks to the books, fans can predict where the show will be headed for Seasons 3 and 4. As reported by The Wrap, Anthony Bridgerton’s storyline will likely follow Quinn’s “The Viscount Who Loved Me” for the upcoming episodes. Season 3 is expected to focus on Luke Thompson’s character Benedict Bridgerton, as the book “An Offer From a Gentleman” does, while Season 4 could have all eyes on Colin Bridgerton (played by Luke Newton) following the story in “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.” There are eight books in the series in total and tell the stories of Eloise, Francesca, Hyacinth and Gregory.
However, Season 1 favorite Regé-Jean Page, who played the sexy spoon-licking Duke of Hastings in the show, will not be returning — much to fans’ chagrin. The actor, 31, had only signed a one-season contract for the show, but sources told Page Six he and
We made a one-season deal with him at the beginning of season one,” Rhimes told Vanity Fair of the show which has become Netflix’s most-streamed original series. “That was the plan: come and do one season as the duke. Anything else that was extra and wasn’t really the plan when we started wasn’t the plan when we finished.”
While the showrunner noted that Page is a “powerful, amazing actor,” Rhimes said she was surprised to learn fans were upset with his exit.
“I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while. Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive,” she said. “[Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job — every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance. I don’t know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the ‘Bridgerton‘ series] is a different romance.”