On December 25, 2020, the original Netflix series “Bridgerton” premiered, and a second season is already being talked about. The series is set in England in the 19th century and portrays the Bridgerton family’s lives as they pass through the high society of London.
Since she signed a multi-year contract with them in 2017, the TV series is Shanda Rhimes’ first collaboration with Netflix.
The future of Bridgerton is unclear, as at the time of writing, the show had not aired for long. However, Julia Quinn, the author of the best-selling novels that inspired the film, says it would involve a scene involving a game from one of her books if there is a second season.
Julia Quinn was a consultant for Season 1 of ‘Bridgerton.’
According to The Oprah Magazine, the author of the Bridgerton books worked as a consultant on the Netflix series.
In 2019, she visited the set of the series in the UK, had Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) coffee, chatted with Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), and read scripts for each episode. She got a look at the 7,500 original costumes as well.
When she wasn’t on set, Quinn admitted that she found herself “in Seattle, frantically searching social media for information, just like everyone else.”
The author of “Bridgerton” says that the Netflix series will remain true to the books: viewers will “see on screen all the elements they love.”
The author had a ‘Pall Mall’ scene with the ‘Bridgerton’ creator ‘promise’.
Rhimes and Shondaland, her production company, are behind Bridgerton, but Chris Van Dusen is the producer of the show. Rhimes worked on ABC’s Scandal with Van Dusen and they reunited for the Netflix series.
Fans are still curious for more episodes now that the show is available on Netflix.
Quinn said she didn’t give it much thought when asked by Oprah Magazine what she would like to see next in Bridgerton.
“I will be truthful. I still haven’t allowed myself to think much beyond the second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me,” she said.
But if the series continues, she knows that there would be Pall-Mall, a croquet-like game. Quinn got Van Dusen to agree that it will be in future episodes.
“I made Chris Van Dusen promise that if we get a second season, there has to be Pall-Mall [a croquet game from the second novel],” she said. “I’ve told people that my consulting work has been very minimal, but if there’s not going to be Pall-Mall, I’m going to consult the hell out of it.”
So, while Bridgerton fans are waiting for Daphne, Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews) and all the others to see what the future holds, at some stage there will be a Pall Mall.
“The creator of ‘Bridgerton’ admits, “Making the Netflix series really wasn’t easy.
Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen relinquished artistic influence to Julia Quinn.
She let Rhimes and Van Dusen do their thing when it came to adapting her books for television, as Quinn told Oprah Magazine.
“I wasn’t going to tell Shonda Rhimes how to do television,”I wasn’t going to tell Shonda Rhimes how to watch TV.
Quinn read the scripts of Bridgerton, but acknowledged that nothing in them bothered her enough to speak with the production about it.
“As a consultant, they sent me the scripts, and I think if there had been something big that bothered me, I would have brought it up,” said the author. “But nothing was here.
She added that she had a “a wonderful experience.”
Watch season 1 of Bridgerton on Netflix.
A slight reference to Shonda Rhimes that viewers undoubtedly missed was the pilot episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”.