Well, now. Looks like the period costume confection we all just might be craving is arriving in time to make the holidays a little more colorful and fun to look at, courtesy of Shonda Rhimes, who knows a thing or two about what keeps asses planted on couches:
Announcing the first look at Bridgerton, the first series from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland at Netflix. The series is created by longtime Rhimes collaborator, Chris Van Dusen (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) and is set to debut on December 25th globally on Netflix.
Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.
Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all. The series also stars Jonathan Bailey (“Anthony Bridgerton”), Nicola Coughlan (“Penelope Featherington”), Claudia Jessie (“Eloise Bridgerton”), Ruby Barker (“Marina Thompson”), Adjoa Andoh (“Lady Danbury”), Golda Rosheuvel (“Queen Charlotte”), Luke Thompson (“Benedict Bridgerton”), Luke Newton (“Colin Bridgerton”), Ruby Stokes (“Francesca Bridgerton”), Will Tilston (“Gregory Bridgerton”), Florence Hunt (“Hyacinth Bridgerton”), Ruth Gemmell (“Lady Violet Bridgerton”), Bessie Carter (“Prudence Featherington”), Harriet Cains (“Philipa Featherington”), Polly Walker (“Lady Portia Featherington”), Ben Miller (“Lord Featherington”), Sabrina Bartlett (“Siena Rosso”), Martins Imhangbe (“Will Mondrich”), and Lorraine Ashbourne (“Mrs. Varley”).
We’ve never read the books, but this looks like a slightly Disney-esque take on the Regency period – it’s all sparkly and spotless and candy-colored – which sounds like it could be a lot of fun; especially if it comes with Rhimes’ top-level storytelling abilities.
The cast looks fantastic on the costumes and sets look INSANE. This looks like perfect holiday viewing to us. Like a big bowl of Christmas candy.
[Photo Credit: Netflix]