Shonda Rhimes. Maybe you have not heard the name. But I’m sure you have heard of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. And if you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you would know Shonda Rhimes is the woman behind it all. She is the showrunner—creator, head writer, and executive producer of the television series known as Grey’s Anatomy.
However, turns out Shonda Rhimes has a few more tricks up her sleeve. Not that ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was her only big achievement. She was also the showrunner, creator, head writer, and executive producer of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spin-off, ‘Private Practice’, a political thriller series called, ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’.
And now, Shonda has announced another show, ‘Bridgerton’ to premiere on Christmas Day.
What We Know About Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Bridgerton’
Even though Shonda made her big deal with Netflix two years ago, this show will be the first from the Shondaland umbrella for the streaming giant. The deal was reportedly in the close proximity of $150 million.
‘Bridgerton’ is based on a series of historical romance novels by the author, Julia Quinn. It is a period drama set in 1811-1820, England’s Regency era. So you can expect to find petticoats, top hats, and dance cards that will look like it is straight out of Jane Austen.
Bridgerton will be quite a stark contrast to the modern-day doctors and lawyers that Shonda’s work usually comprises of. (Re: Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder) However, knowing how talented she is, we are sure she will absolutely slay this new genre.
The plot will follow Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor as she makes her debut in London society. As the oldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, she will focus her time on finding a husband. That’s when her path will cross with the rakish Duke of Hastings, played by Regé-Jean Page.
And while all this is happening, the Mysterious Lady Whistledown, voiced by Julie Andrews, will be keeping a track of everyone’s scandals.
Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series has focused on color-blind casting and has painted quite a diverse picture of 19th century England. Bridgerton will be helmed by longtime Shondaland collaborator Chris Van Dusen. He has also worked with Shonda on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
You will be available to enjoy Shonda Rhimes’ new masterpiece on Christmas Day, only on Netflix.