Dear readers, we have some awful news. The pandemic has not stopped in the world and that leads to some terrible but necessary measures in order to stay safe. After much expectancy, Netflix has halted production on the second season of Bridgerton after, for the second time in a week, a positive COVID-19 test came positive.
In fact, Bridgerton's production was stopped previously for 24 hours but now, it has been paused for an indefinite period of time. It has not been revealed if the one tested positive was someone from the staff or an actor, but safety protocol was in place and now that person is isolated. Netflix expects to keep the precautions in place through the end of 2022.
"Once you are on a set — and I can say this about our industry as a whole, not just Netflix — it is a very safe place," Momita SenGupta, Netflix VP production management for original series, told The Hollywood Reporter in December. "It is very structured, you have probably the best PPE that you can get other than being in a hospital with N95s and face shields, you have monitors distancing you, you are being tested." Bridgerton is filmed on location in England, where there have been more than 300,000 positive COVID tests reported in the past week, according to the U.K. government's COVID data. As of Sunday, nearly 320,000 residents in the UK had tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week.
In case you have not watched it, 'Bridgerton' is based on Julia Quinn's bestselling series of romance novels about the marital misadventures of the Bridgerton family in Regency England and is one of the greatest series that Netflix has released. Netflix’s Bridgerton Season 2 focuses on Daphne’s brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) as he finds romance of his own with the headstrong Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). Production began at the start of May.
It was released on Christmas day last year and reached 82 million households in just one month. The series was so successful that it was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Regé-Jean Page. "I don't think Lady Whistledown herself would have the right words to really express the amazingness of this moment," creator Chris Van Dusen tells EW. "It's huge. It's big for us and we're all just beside ourselves in excitement."