It's still a while before the long-awaited third season of the Regency hit series "Bridgerton" appears. The sequel is expected to be released on Netflix by the end of December 2023 at the earliest. One and a half years have passed since the release of the second season.
A streaming competitor knows how to use the tough waiting time for itself - and at the beginning of November delivers a new Regency-style production that is strikingly reminiscent of Shonda Rhimes' Netflix hit. In The Buccaneers, young, fun-loving ladies once again plunge into the ball season of 19th-century Britain. But this time it is not the ladies of London's high society who are ready to marry, who are the main attraction of the male marriage society at the events, but a group of five young American women who have come especially to have fun with the attractive bachelors of the city - and at the same time to find a man for life.
It is logical that this cannot go well. It doesn't take long for an Anglo-American culture war to erupt between the British and American women's fronts - for the female members of the British bourgeoisie in particular do not like the behavior of their overseas competition, the "Buccaneers". The young, wealthy US ladies are not only stirring up the marriage market, but are also disregarding centuries-old British traditions, while – in addition to having a lot of fun – they are pursuing the goal of securing recognized British husbands and their titles of nobility.
The first images of the AppleTV production give promising insights into the implementation of the series: an authentic stage and costume design and attractive main characters in front of a historical backdrop could easily pass as production images of "Bridgerton" itself.
The cast of the Regency series is also impressive: "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, "Dead Girls Don't Lie" star Alisha Boe and Kristine Frøseth ("A Kind Like Alaska") are named as cast. Also in attendance: trans actress Josie Totah and "Mamma Mia!" star Josh Dylan, directed by "The Magic of Nanny" creator Susanna White.
Like the Netflix competition, "The Buccaneers" is based on a novel. Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton wrote the book of the same name - her last work - in 1937, but died in the process of writing and the book was published incomplete in 1938. At the end of the century, the story about the "buccaneers" was filmed for the first time in a BBC mini-series.
Almost 30 years later, Apple TV picks up the story again and gives it the unique "Bridgerton" flair that we have only seen in Rhimes productions. According to the official series description, the creators promise: An entertaining "Anglo-American" culture clash between the "Buccaneers" and the London elite, in which "new money" and "old secrets" will play an important role.
It starts as early as November 8, 2023 with three episodes on AppleTV, with a new episode being released every week until December 13.