On December 25th, Shondaland will be premiering their first project with Netflix: Bridgerton.
The show is based on the Julia Quinn book series and shows the beauty of the regency era with the drama and entertainment that Shondaland is known for. Unlike the book series, Shondaland was intentional about showcasing and reflecting the world we live in by having a diverse cast and storylines exploring race, class, and sexuality all while telling the scandalous stories of the British aristocracy.
Chris Van Dussen (show-runner and executive producer) discussed having an on set etiquette expert who taught the cast the social cues of the regency era and how to mimic the body language and customs of the regency era aristocracy. It was important to the Shondaland team to focus on every detail of the show. They invested time in making sure the show felt authentic to viewers while remaining enjoyable and binge worthy like many of Shonda’s series.
Shonda Rhimes is an icon in American television and for the British cast of Bridgerton it was an honor to join her orbit and the Shondaland family. For Jonathan Bailey he’s proud to be a part of a family that champions diversity and inclusion. For actress Nicola Coughlan Shonda Rhimes has set the benchmark for what television should be.
With Shonda Rhimes creating iconic television Bridgerton is a reflection of the Shondaland sparkle.The television series and period piece explores many modern conversations around race and class through a gossip column, forbidden love, social gatherings,and the social relationships and social mobility of the characters. As a result the show isn’t short of drama, passion, and humor.
With Bridgerton, audiences will not only see themselves in a television series set in an era and genre that typically lacks representation. Audiences will be able to laugh and enjoy the lives, various realties, worlds, and personalities of the Bridgertons.