Shonda Rhimes’ New Show Is Like ‘Gossip Girl’ Meets ‘Downton Abbey’

Liam Daniel, Netflix
This year we will all get a Christmas present from world famous showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes' new Netflix series - their first on the streaming platform - premieres on December 25th and will be something in the style of the Gossip Girl scandal that meets the historic drama of Downton Abbey.
Bridgerton, based on Julia Quinn's bestselling novels, is set in the same era as Jane Austen's classic novels - between Regency and late Georgian England.
But unlike so many Regency stories, Rhimes' Bridgerton features a "racially blind" cast.
IndieWire announced the news on October 15th, naming the cast of stars including Phoebe Dynevor, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Bailey, Ruby Barker, Rege-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan, Polly Walker, Harriet Cains, Ben Miller and Bessie Carter pair.
As Rhimes confirmed in a tweet on October 15, audience darling and cross-generational icon Julie Andrews will also perform in Bridgerton.
In the same tweet thread, Rhimes also talked about bringing Quinn's book series to Netflix. "I've been a fan of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series for as long as I can remember. The originality. The sexuality," wrote Rhimes. "The storytelling. Everything about it. I knew quickly that @shondaland had to turn it into a show."
Judging by the Bridgerton photos alone, we expect incredible costumes, excellent castings and exaggerated locations. See the first few pictures from Netflix below.
Lovers of historical romance / dramas, eat your heart out.
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Liam Daniel, Netflix
"The Bridgerton series takes place between 1813 and 1827 and consists of eight novels, in each of which one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton appears: Anthony, Benedikt, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth," Quinn writes on hers official Bridgerton website.
Liam Daniel, Netflix
She had planned to write a trilogy about the family, but after Quinn received so much love for her novels, she wrote another five books in six years.
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Bridgerton has only been recorded for one season of Netflix at the moment, so it is not yet known if all eight Shondaland books will be adapted for screen. But with so much hype surrounding the first season of eight episodes (each episode will be an hour long), future seasons of Bridgerton are most likely to come.
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Liam Daniel, Netflix
Bridgerton and his steamy love stories will hit Netflix on December 25th on Christmas Day. We're so ready to fall in love

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