Award-winning showrunner Shonda Rhimes—creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Scandal— will revive Julia Quinn’s successful novels, interpolating Quinn’s words into her new Netflix series “Bridgerton.”
“Bridgerton” is set in high society London, centering around the lives of elite families as they navigate under the scrutinizing eye of an anonymous gossip columnist who uses the pseudonym “Lady Whistledown.”
Lady Whistledown, voiced by Julie Andrews, declares that although her anonymity will be retained, scandals will be entirely exposed. The Lady Whistleblower’s foreshadowing statement, “You do not know me and never shall, but be forewarned, dear reader: I certainly know you,” gives insight into what the series will entail.
According to Deadline, “Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) the eldest daughter of a powerful family, as she puts herself out onto Regency London’s highly competitive marriage market. Daphne hopes to follow her parents’ footsteps and find true love, but as the number of potential suitors begins to dwindle, the young heiress is without options. However, despite her lack of success in the marriage market, Daphne meets the desirable but rebellious bachelor Duke of Hasting Regé Jean Page.”
“Bridgerton” is the brainchild of Chris Van Dusen and will be executive produced by Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. It will be directed by Julie Ann Robinson, Sheree Folkson, Tom Verica and Alrick Riley, according to Deadline.
The show is based on a series of eight books —one for each sibling — so fans of the saga are hoping that the eight hour long episodic television adaptation will continue on past its initial season, according to Yahoo News. The series will air on Christmas.