Shonda Rhimes reveals she was "really shocked" by the reaction fans had to the announcement that everyone's favorite duke, Regé-Jean Page, would not be returning to Bridgerton.
Cheer with me Bridgerton fans, much more drama is coming our way! Netflix has just renewed the hit Regency-era series for two more seasons!
Sad news for fans of the Netflix hit Bridgerton: breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be returning for season 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page only had a one-season deal with the Shondaland produced drama and has fulfilled his contractual obligations. This is in line with how the producers envisioned the series before its Christmas day release, as each Bridgerton season will focus on a different Julia Quinn novel in the Bridgerton series.
Page played Simon Bisset, Duke of Hastings, the mysterious and dashing suitor of eldest Bridgerton sister Daphne. Season one revolved around their fake courtship scheme, designed so Daphne could look more attractive to other prospective suitors, and Simon could look disinterested in the debutantes that the mothers of London throw at him. Of course, this leads to the two falling in love and getting married. Pheobe Dynevor, who plays Daphne, will be reprising the role for Season 2. The second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton and his quest to find a viscountess.
Netflix announced Page’s departure in the style of Lady Whistledown: “While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer-more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.”
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Page commented, “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege! Joining this family – the connection on and off-screen, with our cast, our crew, all the incredible fans, has been like nothing I could have ever imagined – the love is real and will just keep growing.”
Bridgerton was an immediate hit for Netflix, being seen by 63 million households in its first 28 days and eventually topping Stranger Things as its most watched-original ever. It was quickly renewed for a second season. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen hopes that the show will run for eight seasons, one for each novel. Page also enjoyed immediate success after the release of Bridgerton, landing a hosting gig at Saturday Night Live, and roles in the upcoming Netflix movie The Gray Man and a Paramount Pictures feature adaptation of Dungeons and Dragons.
Good luck and godspeed to our beloved Duke.
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While the days of counting box office tickets are on pause, tallying a show's success on platforms like Netflix have taken the stage... and the most recent rival to beat is Shondaland's Bridgeton. Based on the best-selling romance novels of Julia Quinn, in just four weeks this sensational period drama has been welcomed into more than 63 million households.
All your favorite books are being made into shows! Here are nine highly anticipated TV adaptations of favorite books set to premiere in 2020.
1. The Outsider
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The Outsider, based on the novel by Stephen King, premiered on HBO on January 12, 2020 and will conclude on March 8. You can catch up on HBO’s digital platform and watch live on Sundays at 9/8c. The Outsider follows the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy and the deceiving evidence that leaves a small town questioning everything they know.
2. Locke and Key
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Locke and Key is loosely based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020. It will run as a ten-part series. Locke and Key tells the story of three siblings who move to their ancestral home after the murder of their father. There, they discover magical keys which are also being sought out by a demon.
3. The Good Lord Bird
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The Good Lord Bird based on the 2013 novel by James McBride is set to premiere on Showtime on February 16, 2020 at 9/8c. Ethan Hawke will both executive produce and star in the limited series which chronicles the journey of abolitionist John Brown, told from the perspective of a fictional enslaved boy named Onion. Onion helps Brown during the Bleeding Kansas uprisings.
4. Little Fires Everywhere
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will be adapted into a limited series for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington executive producing and starring in the series. It will premiere March 18, 2020 and is one of the most anticipated series of this year. It follows two mothers who are brought together through their children’s friendship, which eventually unearths dark secrets.
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Bridgerton, another highly anticipated series, is based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. The series will be produced by Shonda Rhimes and is set to debut on Netflix later this year. This series is set in the 1800s and follows each of the eight Bridgerton children.
6. I Know This Much is True
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I Know This Much is True will be a limited series on HBO, set to debut later this year. Mark Ruffalo will executive produce and star in the series based on the novel by Wally Lamb. The series will follow identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness as the brothers struggle with their relationship with one another.
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Invincible is an upcoming animated series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, which follows teenager Mark Grayson, whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. However, after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins developing powers of his own. The series will follow teenage superhero Mark, as he navigates his new powers under his father’s tutelage.
8. Nine Perfect Strangers
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Nine Perfect Strangers will reunite Nicole Kidman and producers of the hit series, Big Little Lies to premiere on Hulu in late 2020. Kidman will also star in the series which is based on the novel Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, who is responsible for writing the best-selling novel Big Little Lies. The series will follow nine strangers as they gather at a boutique wellness resort with the common goal of resetting and reinvigorating their lives. However, things take a turn, and these strangers have no idea just how challenging this retreat will be.
9. Normal People
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Normal People will premiere on Hulu as a twelve-part series in the later half of 2020. The series is based on the popular novel by the same name, written by Sally Rooney. This series will follow main characters Marianne and Connell as they navigate an unlikely on-again, off-again relationship throughout their teenage and young adult lives.
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