QUEEN CHARLOTTE – Review by Susan Granger

Shonda Rhimes has created a new Netflix series you’re gonna want to binge. Spinning off Bridgerton, there’s Queen Charlotte. Part of a political pact, 17 year-old Charlotte (India Amarteifio) is dispatched from Germany to England to marry King George III (Corey MyIchreest). Since Charlotte has no idea if he’s “a troll or a beast,” she’s understandably reluctant. Narrated by gossiping Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews), the romantic plot is filled with clever gamesmanship, as many of the characters are deliciously duplicitous.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Netflix, Shondaland prep BRIDGERTON preq focused on Queen Charlotte – Brandy McDonnell reports

Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton, will reprise her role in the as-yet-untitled prequel. With the continued success of the period series Bridgerton, Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte. While the project is untitled, the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte. It will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

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BRIDGERTON – Review by Susan Granger

While Netflix’s Bridgerton sprawling mini-series may seem like Gossip Girl-meets-Downton Abbey, it’s unique in reimagining 19th century Britain with aristocratic families seeking favor from Black royalty. Produced by Shonda Rhimes, it’s fun, frothy escapism. According to showrunner Chris Van Dusen, regarding that era’s excess, beauty and decadence: “It was over-the-top: the costumes, the jewels, the glittering ballrooms, the country homes.”

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