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Netflix has “Bridgerton” has released the first look at season two of its Regency-era London television series.
In the video, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) are the focus of the upcoming season, which is based on Julia Quinn’s novel “The Viscount Who Loved Me.”
Anthony a seeking a bride when he meets the intelligent Kate — who doesn’t make it easy for him.
In July, “Bridegerton” creator extended her deal with the streaming platform for an additional five years.
Rhimes walked away from ABC for a deal with the streaming giants worth at least $100 million with Netflix.
Her “Bridgerton” series, which premiered over the Christmas holiday, became one of the most popular shows on the platform. However, the series’ male lead, the hunky Regé-Jean Page, would not be returning for season two.
“[Page] is amazing, but that’s our job and something that Betsy and I have been doing since—well, God, has it been 20 years now?—is finding guys,” Rhimes said to Variety. “I mean, hopefully, ladies too, but finding men that our audiences find devastatingly attractive and they become incredibly overly attached to, and they get enraged about when we move them about in any way.”
“We didn’t kill him; he’s still alive,” she added. “He’s a powerful, amazing actor, and that meant we did our job—every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance.”
Not killing Page off could signal a return to the series at some time in the near future.
The Hollywood Reporter says Rhimes scored a “significant” up-front raise from the $100 million $150 million initial pact she inked in 2017 — but did not say by how much.