- The hit series Bridgerton has been renewed for a second season after it smashed Netflix's global viewership records
- The period romance was watched by 82 million households in its first month of being on the streaming service
- Netflix confirmed that it had renewed the hit series for another season following the positive response from viewers
Bridgerton has been renewed for a second season following a record-breaking debut on the streaming giant Netflix.
The series, a period romance based on a collection of eight books by writer Julia Quinn, has managed to become the most-watched episodic television release in the streamer's history.
Netflix reported that the show had been watched by 82 million households in its first month of being on the service.
Deadline reported on how the romantic show beat the previous records of the streamer's biggest hits:
“The Witcher” scored 76M households when Netflix’s subscriber base was 167M a year ago. That is 46 percent. Even ‘Stranger Things’ third season in July 2019 (64M) is comparable when taking into account that Netflix was in 158M homes then; the season was seen by 40.5 percent of them in the first 28 days.”
The show was produced by Shondaland, an American television production company that was founded by writer-producer Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes was the creative force behind hits like Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder and her production company can add Bridgerton to their list of hits.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the breakout star of Bridgerton Rege-Jean Page and the career and experiences the actor had prior to his role on the hit show.
He is known to many as the Duke of Hastings, Rege-Jean Page has shared a candid story about his personal life, disclosing what got him into the movie industry and plans he has for the future.
Rege, who grew up in Zimbabwe, gave an exclusive interview with InStyle magazine where he revealed that growing up, he questioned everything that came his way and looking for answers. He said:
''Looking at the world, interpreting it, and throwing it back at people and saying, "Hey, here's what I see. Is this who we are? I have no idea who I am, but maybe I can work it out if I yell it loud enough, and you yell back at me."
He also shared how he got into the movie industry as an actor sharing how his first roles were all about slavery and pain as a black man that he got to a point where he vowed that the next role he would book would be about showing black excellence and success.
The sexy actor has featured in other films like the recently cancelled legal drama show For The People where he played Leonard Knox, an assistant US Attorney who has a mother who keeps demanding that he quits his job and take up a role with the government that will build his political career.
When questioned whether he was okay with playing a duke despite being a black man, the 30-year-old had this to say:
''If we've endured white Jesus for this long, then folks can endure a Black Duke.”
He says the future looks bright for him and that he is open to playing better roles that uplift black men and highlights powerful stories that do not have anything to do with slavery.
He is also hoping that the second season of Bridgerton will be renewed so that he can show the world what he has in store.
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