Chris Van Dusen, for one, could not be happier over the recognition that “Bridgerton” has received. He told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t think Lady Whistledown herself would have the right words to really express the amazingness of this moment. It’s huge. It’s big for us and we’re all just beside ourselves in excitement.” He added that the news feels a bit “surreal” but that he is filled “with such tremendous gratitude.”
The creator also brought attention to the fact that the “Bridgerton” Emmy nods are a major feat for the romance genre, which is often disregarded. “There’s this misconception out there that romance novels are trashy or disposable or that they can’t be smartly written and that’s certainly not what I have found,” he said. “It certainly wasn’t true for the Bridgerton books [by author Julia Quinn]. So, I hope this is a bit of a repudiation of that.”
EW reporter Maureen Lee Lenker also asked Van Dusen how this affects his team’s motivation in creating the second season, which they are currently in the midst of filming. “There’s always been this pressure with making the show. It was the first show I created on my own,” Van Dusen revealed. “The books are so beloved and fans of the books feel so passionately about the characters and stories, so all that pressure was a healthy kind of pressure. It certainly worked for Season 1, and I’m carrying that with me into Season 2. Bring on all the pressure. I’m excited for audiences to see what we’ve been cooking up.”
Whatever they’re “cooking up” for Season 2 will likely be just as loved by viewers — and the Television Academy.