The fans of Netflix’s show Bridgerton has more reasons to rejoice now, as the series is expanding. Following the recent renewals for a total of three seasons of the hugely popular series, Netflix and Shondaland have decided to add a second show to the franchise, a limited prequel series, a spin-off based on the origins of Queen Charlotte. The series will be written by Shonda Rhimes.
Jess Brownell, who has worked on the first two seasons of Bridgerton will act as showrunner on Seasons 3 and 4 of the Regency-era drama. He will take over from Chris Van Dusen who served as showrunner for Season 1 and is also running Season 2.
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The Queen Charlotte limited series will revolve around the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, who was not in the original Julia Quinn’s novels on which the show is based. Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte in season 1 and became a fan favourite. The spinoff series will also feature on the origin stories of young Violet Bridgerton (played by Tracy Beaker) and Lady Danbury (played by Adjoa Andoh). Betsy Beers and Tom Verica will executive produce along with Rhimes.
Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria told an online portal said, “Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton. Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.”
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Since the Bridgerton-verse is expanding and in line with the existing renewals it is not clear whether Van Dusen will return to direct the show if it goes to eight seasons following Quinn’s blueprint of eight novels, each centered on one of the Bridgerton siblings.