Netflix has announced that the second season of Bridgerton will premiere on March 25 next year. The announcement about the return of the period drama series’ was made on Christmas Day coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the show’s debut. Bridgerton has been produced by Shondaland, a production company run by television writer and producer Shonda Rhimes.
Netflix released a short 51-second video featuring the cast members for the announcement.
This season features actors Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran in the lead. According to a report by Deadline, the new season will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s (Bailey) search to find a suitable wife. When Kate Sharma (Ashley) arrives from India, he begins to court her younger sister Edwina (Chandran). However, Kate decides to thwart their courtship after she discovers that his intentions are questionable.
Speaking about the new season to Variety, executive producer Shonda Rhimes said, “I think there’s a powerful, interesting, romantic couple at the heart of it. They’re an incredibly interesting and exciting pair. I like to watch them.”
The series also stars Adjoa Andoh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, Shelley Conn, Nicola Coughlan, and Phoebe Dynevor. Actor Julie Andrews will also return as the voice of the character Lady Whistledown.
Based on the best-selling novels by author Julia Quinn, the first season was watched by 82 million households around the world.
The success of Bridgerton led to the creation of a spin-off series focusing on the character Queen Charlotte who has been portrayed by actor Golda Rosheuvel. Apart from this, the show has also been renewed for a third and fourth season.
Bridgerton is created by Chis Van Dusen who also serves as the showrunner. However, this season will be his final one and the show’s writer Jess Brownwell will be taking over for him in the following seasons.
Since its premiere last year, the show has been praised for its racially inclusive cast and garnered nominations in categories such as Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Period Costumes at this year’s Emmy Awards.