[Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers follow for the Bridgerton series of novels.]
“Grey’s Anatomy.” “Scandal.” “How to Get Away with Murder.” “Private Practice.” “Station 19.” Is there a showrunner with a higher batting average than Shonda Rhimes? I don’t think so. That’s why her 2017 deal with Netflix — reportedly for $150 million dollars — created shockwaves after she was safely cocooned at ABC for over a decade: Rhimes, the highest-paid showrunner in television, knows what audiences want and offers the dream combination of attributes: brilliantly creative and prolific.
Her first show for Netflix is “Bridgerton,” set to debut this year, and it made IndieWire’s list of most anticipated TV shows of 2020. It’s at the same time a safe choice for the streamer — something that is based on existing and beloved book series — and innovative, featuring a race-blind cast in a romance set during England’s early 1800s Regency period. Here’s everything you need to know about “Bridgerton”: