Netflix's Bridgerton Gets A New Spinoff From Shonda Rhimes

After only one season, the originating series has also already been picked up for Seasons 3 and 4.

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The period drama Bridgerton will be getting a new spinoff at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled series will be an origin story for the show's Queen Charlotte's character, and Shonda Rhimes (How to Get Away with Murder) will be writing at least the pilot or each episode of what's being billed as a limited series.

"Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I'm thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton," said Netflix vice president of content Bela Bajaria (via THR). "Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled."

The untitled spinoff will also reportedly expand the show's universe to include stories about the young Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) and Lady Dansbury (Adjoa Andoh). For a streaming series that has only debuted in December, it has proven to be explosively popular: The show was already renewed for Season 2 this January. By April, when production was already underway for Season 2, the show was picked up for Seasons 3 and 4--and now comes news of this spinoff.

Bridgerton is the first project from Grey's Anatomy veteran Shonda Rhimes after she signed a nine-figure deal with Netflix

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