Taylor Swift Fans Throw Support at Major ‘Bridgerton’ Replacement

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nicola coughlan as penelope featherington and luke newton as colin bridgerton in bridgerton season 3 first look Netflix

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Swifties have officially entered the arena of Bridgerton‘s replacement, likely making it one of the year’s most-watched shows.

Bridgerton characters Simon (L) and Daphne (R)
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Almost three years ago, Bridgerton blasted onto screens and cemented Regency-era Britain as modern and cool. Direct from the mind of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes, Bridgerton debuted on Christmas Day 2020, becoming the most-viewed series for the streaming service ever. The second season, which was released in March 2022, followed suit and became the biggest opening for an English-language Netflix series, with 193 million hours watched.

The Bridgerton Netflix series follows the noble Bridgerton family, mainly the children of Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) and Edmund Bridgerton (Rupert Evans), Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie), Francesca Bridgerton (Ruby Stokes), Gregory Bridgerton (Will Tilston), and Hyacinth Bridgerton (Florence Hunt). Julie Andrews voices the role of Lady Whistledown, with Adjoa Andoh playing the doyenne Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel playing Queen Charlotte.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in Bridgerton season 3 first look Netflix
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Currently, two seasons deep, Bridgerton is based on Julia Quinn’s novel series of the same name. Season 1 takes its inspiration from Quinn’s “The Duke and I” (2000), primarily focusing on Daphne’s story with Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (played by Rege Jean-Page in the show), with Season 2 centering on “The Viscount Who Loved Me” (2000). Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton was the main focus of the record-breaking sophomore season, which focused on the 9th Viscount Bridgerton’s romance and eventual marriage with Kathani “Kate” Sharma (Simone Ashley).

Shondaland will soon bring audiences back to the world of Bridgerton with the upcoming third season, focusing on Colin Bridgerton’s story in Quinn’s fourth novel, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton” (2002). Season 3 will explore Colin and Penelope Featherington’s (Nicola Coughlan) relationship as well as showcase the married life of the newly married Viscount and Viscountess Bridgerton, Anthony and Kate.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton Season 3 first look Netflix
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And it seems that the Bridgerton influence continues. Blending historical drama with a modern sound, Apple TV+ is now streaming the show dubbed Bridgerton’s “replacement,” The Buccaneers.

Premiering on November 8, The Buccaneers follows a group of American women arriving in London in 1870 and the resulting cultural differences that ensue. It was created by Katherine Jakeways and based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Edith Wharton. It was released in 1938, one year after the Pulitzer Prize winner’s death.

The Buccaneers cast
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The cast of The Buccaneers includes Kristine Frøseth as Nan St. George, Alisha Boe as Conchita Closson, Matthew Broome as Guy Thwarte, Josh Dylan as Lord Richard Marable, Barney Fishwick as Lord James Seadown, Aubri Ibrag as Lizzy Elmsworth, Guy Remmers as Theo, Duke of Tintagel, Mia Threapleton as Honoria Marable, Josie Totah as Mabel Elmsworth, Imogen Waterhouse as Jinny St. George, Christina Hendricks as Mrs. St. George, Amelia Bullmore as the Dowager Duchess of Tintagel, Anthony Calf as Lord Brightlingsea, Adam James as Colonel St. George, Simone Kirby as Laura Testvalley, and Fenella Woolgar as Lady Brightlinsea.

The Buccaneers cast celebrating with drinks
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And following a clip posted by Taylor Swift’s Taylor Nation account, The Buccaneers — this period drama replacement to Bridgerton, as the BBC described — has now gained swift support from the Swifties. @TaylorNation13 wrote on X (formerly Twitter):

Lord, what will become of me once I stream The Buccaneers? Now available on @AppleTV. Here’s a special look at the series featuring “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”

Taylor Swift in "Blank Space"
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The clip includes three minutes of footage featuring the “Red (Taylor’s Version)” Vault track, “Nothing New (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault).”

The inclusion of one of the pop superstar’s songs in the series has sparked a major response. The tweet has amassed close to 800,000 views, with many users revealing their intent to watch the show based on the Swift-enhanced footage.

Taylor Swift onstage at The Eras Tour
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Taylor Swift is currently on tour with her record-breaking and industry-changing The Eras Tour. Beginning in April in Glendale, Arizona, Swift’s tour has now crossed continents, beginning on November 9, 2023, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Swift will go from South America to Asia to Australia to Europe before heading back to North America with more shows in the United States and new performances in Canada.

Swift most recently released the fourth album in her re-recording effort, “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” After a masters dispute with her former label, Big Machine Records, and executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, Swift will re-record her first six albums, with “Reputation (Taylor’s Version)” and “Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version), eventually joining “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” “Red (Taylor’s Version),” and “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”

Will you be tuning into The Buccaneers on Apple TV+ this November? How about the third season of Bridgerton on Netflix? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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