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Bridgerton Creator Teases a Saucy Season 2 Premiere

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This Bridgerton update will make you burn for season two.

On Monday, June 14, Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen took to Twitter to tease what’s to come for the new season. Specifically, in a sneak peek, Chris revealed the saucy title for episode 201 by sharing a photo of the first script.

The TV producer and writer shared, “‘Capital R Rake’ #Bridgerton #Season2 #ItsComing #ScriptsInTheWild”

We have a feeling this title is named after the season two leading man, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). Why do we think this? Well, for those who may not know, a “rake” is essentially the Regency era’s way of calling someone a f–k boy.

And, as we saw in season one, the young Viscount tends to be fun-loving and opposed to marriage. Yet, that may change come season two of the Netflix hit. Anthony will be taking center stage in season two, which will likely follow the plot of author Julia Quinn‘s second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

This means Anthony will find his perfect Viscountess—only to be derailed by his future bride’s sister. Back in February, in an interview with British Vogue, Jonathan dropped a few details about season two.

“Well, I feel like the campy, plush spectacle of the Bridgerton world is only going to get more pronounced in the best way possible,” he said at the time. “It’s mad, and it’s brilliant. There are also going to be a lot of brilliant characters introduced in this series—and it’s not just Anthony that we’re going to delve into…The robust universe that’s been set up by Shonda [Rhimes] and Chris [Van Dusen] will just expand and keep pushing boundaries in a way that’s quietly subversive. There’s just going to be more of what everyone loves, I think.”

He also promised a “load of little Easter eggs for all of the characters,” including bees. Jonathan’s bee tease certainly tracks as you can spot one in Chris’ new photo above.

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Don’t forget, in the novels, the Bridgerton patriarch passed away after having a fatal allergic reaction to a bee sting. So, we’re definitely curious to see how bees play a part in season two.

You can find everything we know so far about Bridgerton‘s future by scrolling through the images below.

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The Next Lead

Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) takes center stage in season two as he attempts to settle down and finally takes his place at the head of the family. That involves getting married, and if the show is following the plot of the book The Viscount Who Loved Me, he finds the perfect wife but becomes distracted by her meddlesome older sister, Kate. 

And yes, he will play Pall Mall. Pall Mall is basically croquet, and the book features a beloved scene in which Anthony and Kate play. It’s the only specific scene author Julia Quinn requested the show include. 

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Meet the New Lord Bridgerton

It’s quite the shock that Lord Anthony Bridgerton is even considering marriage or owning up to his responsibilities. In fact, Bailey said he sees him as an example of why the oldest male shouldn’t just automatically get all the power. 

“We’ve come quite far with the idea of equality between sexes, but there’s still a lot of conversations that need to be had about men in power,” he explained. “Hopefully, Anthony is someone who’s gonna make people realize that some men just don’t have what it takes.” 

However, Bailey thinks he means well. 

“With Anthony there’s just so much conflict with everything he’s doing,” he says. “He means so well and he’s got such a good heart and he loves his family and once I fell in love with him and realized that he meant well, that means that you can really push the boundaries as to how unfair and toxic he can be to his lovers and to his sisters and to his mother.”

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No More Simon, But a New Romance to Swoon Over

Season one’s Simon (Rege-Jean Page) and Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will be taking a backseat in season two after their happy ending at the end of season one. In fact, Page won’t even be appearing in the second season, while Daphne will still be around just to support her siblings. It also sounds like we might not miss the Duke and Duchess of Hastings quite as much as we fear we might.

Quinn doesn’t know exactly what’s happening in season two, but she could at least promise a heck of a romance. 

“All I know is that, you know, having written the source material, I think we’re all going to be happy because they really set it up beautifully for all of us to really want Anthony to both win in life and get his comeuppance,” she tells E! News. “At the same time, and I think it’s gonna happen. His love interest just really is his match and it’s going to be great.” 

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Meet Kate Sharma

Sex Education star Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate Sharma, the leading lady opposite Anthony. According to Netflix, Kate is a “smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools—Anthony Bridgerton very much included.” The book describes her as “the most meddlesome woman to ever grace a London ballroom.” 

In April, Shondaland offered a new character description for the incomparable Kate: “Kate is equal parts headstrong and whip-smart. Her sharp wit and independent nature make her a singular force on the 1814 marriage mart, where she hopes to secure a love match for her younger sister, Edwina.” 

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Meet Edwina Sharma

Edwina is Kate’s younger sister, and she’s who Anthony originally sets his sights on. She “has been taught by her older sister Kate to be the perfect debutante. She’s kind-natured and endlessly endearing. But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants: a true love match.” She will be played by Charithra Chandran

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Meet Lady Mary Sharma

Lady Mary is Kate and Edwina’s mother. She is an Earl’s daughter whose marriage to a tradesman once embroiled her family in scandal. Now, Lady Mary has returned to London with her daughters “and is forced to endure the scrutiny of the ton yet again.” She is played by Shelley Conn.

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Who Is Theo Sharpe?

Calam Lynch has joined the show as Theo Sharpe, a character who is not known from the books. He is “a hardworking printer’s assistant” and “an intellectual who fights for the rights of all.” 

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Who Is Jack?

Rupert Young will play Jack, a man who has no last name just yet. That might because this newcomer to the ton has “a connection to one of its most notable families.” 

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Production Is About to Begin

After actor Luke Newton appeared to tease the cast’s return to set in March, he later clarified, “We haven’t actually started yet.” He added, “But everyone individually is getting ready and psyched up for season two.”

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Edmund Bridgerton Is Joining the Cast

Rupert Evans, who stars on The CW’s Charmed, has joined the cast as Edmund Bridgerton, the late patriarch of the family. Fans of the books know that Edmund died due to an allergic reaction from a bee sting at age 38. 

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Mr. Season 3?

If the show continues to follow the books, Benedict (Luke Thompson) will be next in line to find the love of his life. In An Offer From a Gentleman, he falls for a Cinderella-esque beauty at a masquerade ball, then gets confused by a housemaid.

So far on screen, the artsy Benedict has found himself at an orgy, learning how some men have secret gay relationships while also being married to their wives. By the end of the season, he was dating Madame Delecroix, the dressmaker. 

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Mr. Season 4?

Colin (Luke Newton) gets his own story in Romancing Mister Bridgerton, and it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise if you’ve been watching the show. This is where Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) goes from best friend to something more, and it’s also where the Lady Whistledown reveal is technically supposed to happen. 

Viewers, of course, already know Penelope’s big secret, but nobody else does. Viewers also know how Penelope pines for her friend Colin, and they’d be forgiven for already wondering if we really have to wait three more seasons to see their story play out.

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The Future of Lady Whistledown

We may know that Penelope is Lady Whistledown, but we do not yet know what this means for Penelope’s on-screen future. All we have is a promise from Coughlan and Claudia Jessie, who plays Pen’s BFF Eloise, that Eloise is going to be “pissed.” 

“She loves her best mate so much, and also she’s properly in awe of Lady Whistledown,” Jessie said. “She’s like in love with Lady Whistledown. She wants to find her. I feel like the reason her quest seems so strong is because she’s always looking for a way out and Lady Whistledown is an example of that autonomy, earning her own money, being a badass, outing people. That’s Eloise’s cup of tea. And then she’s gonna find out it’s her best mate… carnage.”

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An Intricate Weaving

While Quinn’s books are “tightly focused,” she says, on her protagonists, the show has already given us hints of things to come way down the line—like, for instance, the slow burn of Penelope and Colin, whose story gets told in book four. Quinn says she never would have thought of it. 

“From a writer’s point of view, it was fascinating and brilliant because, as I’m reading [the scripts], it was incredibly flattering because it was so clear to me that the writers had all read all the books and they were thinking so holistically about the whole thing,” she says. “They were bringing in things and hinting at things and potentially setting things up in a way that was so incredibly respectful of and honored the source material, but at the same time, you know, the changes that they made… it was so clear to me that that was the best thing to do for a television series.” 

There’s one book for each Bridgerton sibling, and while eight seasons of Bridgerton might be a stretch, that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on any of the romance. 

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Season 5 and Beyond?

The show has only been renewed through season four so far, and eight seasons is a lot to ask of a such a high-budget production with such a huge cast. But if we do get more stories beyond the first four books, there’s romance ahead for Eloise, Francesca, Hyacinth and Gregory, most of whom are currently small children. Those stories involve broken engagements, complete strangers falling in love and old family secrets, and we have to say we wouldn’t be mad if Bridgerton promised to continue long enough to make them happen. 

Bridgerton season one is available to stream on Netflix.

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Word on the Street: This Is the Shadiest Real Housewives of Potomac Gift Guide

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Whether you’ve been watching The Real Housewives of Potomac since its debut or if you’re late to the party, we can all agree that it is nothing short of iconic. The shade-throwing is unparalleled, the meme-worthy material never stops, and these women always bring it. RHOP is finally getting the recognition it deserves and the best way to celebrate that (aside from watching the show) is with some Potomac-themed gifts for your fellow fans… or yourself.

If you’re the “baddest thing walking and the smartest one talking” à la Gizelle Bryant, we found jewelry to honor the catchphrase and even a baby onesie for the mini RHOP viewers in your life. If you channel Karen Huger as the Grande Dame of your city, then here’s the perfect glass for you. We even found the resorts and hotels from the cast trips just in case you really wanted to treat yourself with a Bravo-inspired experience. 

If you automatically associate Corona Light with Ashley Darby, you’re dying to know what was in Monique Samuelsreunion binder, or you are “so glad Juan Dixon is not here right now,” do your best Wendy Osefo-inspired slither through our Real Housewives of Potomac gift guide. If you miss out on this list, then you might have to blot your tears with a folded napkin just like Candiace Dillard Bassett‘s signature move.

Real Housewives of Potomac inspired Weekly Planner Page: Digital Download

Organizing your week and planning ahead can actually be fun with this RHOP-inspired planner. There are sections for your shopping list, to-do list, workout goals, and some cartoon renderings of your favorite Housewives. This item is available as a digital download, which means you will get instant access to it (no waiting for shipping!) and you can print it out as many times as you want. There’s even a black and white version that comes with your purchase. If you want to add your name or other personalized details, there are options to customize it for an additional cost.

Monique’s Binder of Receipts Journal – Ruled Line

Unfortunately, this is not Monique’s actual binder of receipts, but it does have the same tabs.  You can use this journal to take notes in class, write down personal reminders, or carry around some shady receipts about your frenemies. 

Real Housewives Potomac Heavy Duty Drink Alcohol Pouches With Straw- Set of 5

These drink pouches are perfect to sip from while you watch the show or for any social gathering. They’re decorated with Real Housewives of Potomac quotes, which adds fun to every situation.

RHOP Cast T-Shirt & Mug

This t-shirt has Karen, Gizelle, Robyn Dixon, Ashley, and Candiace’s faces on it. And if you love this design, but you don’t want a t-shirt, there’s a mug with the same graphics. It’s perfect to start your day with some “Coffee and Love” à la Ashley.

Wendy and T’Challa Laptop Skin

One of the most hilarious feuds of Season 5 was between Wendy and Monique’s pet bird T’Challa Samuels. Who could ever forget when he spooked her at the lake house? It’s just one of those moments that will always make you laugh no matter how many times you watch. This laptop skin is available in different sizes to accommodate several Macbook, PC, and Surface devices.

‘Is Jamal Coming?’ T-Shirt

The answer to this question is usually “no,” but it’s always fun to ask. This t-shirt with Karen’s super shady question is available in navy blue, pink, purple, red, grey, and more colors.

ENDI Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt – RHOP – Karen Huger

Gizelle accused Karen of wearing faux Fendi. Karen insisted that she got her clothes tailored and that’s why the “F” was cropped off. It doesn’t really matter who was right because that “Endi” confusion is just too funny. This “Endi” sweatshirtavailable in red, black, and grey.

Baddest Walking & Smartest Talking Baby Bodysuit

Start them young with this onesie decorated with Gizelle’s Season 4 tagline. It comes in pink, blue, black, purple, and yellow.

Juan Dixon Tote Bag

Everyone is glad when Juan Dixon is here, but this quote was instantly iconic, making this tote both fun and useful.

Real Housewives of Potomac Unisex Sweatshirt – RHOP

This collegiate-style sweatshirt is a comfortable way to rep your favorite show. It’s available in black and white.

Where Juan At? Doormat

This quote is the gift that keeps on giving. There’s no better way to welcome fellow RHOP viewers to your home than with this Robyn-inspired doormat.

Where Juan At? Baseball Dad Hat

Sure, this is (probably) overkill, but this quote will never not be funny. You might as well wear it on a hat.

Karen Huger Gizelle Bryant Bravo Sweatshirt

Karen is constantly uttering legendary lines. Who wouldn’t want to wear this quote on a sweatshirt?

Real Housewives of Potomac Coloring Book

Give yourself some relaxation (and some laughs) with this Real Housewives of Potomac coloring book. You can color moments including T’Challa’s first encounter with Wendy and Monique whipping out that reunion binder.

Personalized ‘The Grande Dame of YOUR town’ Stemless Wine Glass

Channel your inner Karen every time you sip out of this personalized glass. You can put your town/city on the cup and choose the font color. 

The Real Housewives of Potomac Ashley Darby Don’t Ruin Your Momma’s Table Zipper Pouch

Ashley came for Candiace’s finances during an infamous Season 4 fight, where Candiace waved a butter knife around. If you want to commemorate that episode, get this zippered pouch. And if you really want to embody the episode, you can use the zip-up as storage for your butter knives.

‘I gave her a beverage’ magnet and mug

After Candiace and Ashley’s Season 4 screaming match, Candiace lamented that she “gave her a beverage.” This magnet is great to put on your refrigerator door and this mug is another way to relive that same moment.

Juan Dixon Pouch

If you’re looking for another RHOP pouch to add to your collection, here’s yet another item reminding you that Juan Dixon is not here right now. This is great for cosmetics, school supplies, and other small essentials.

Discovery Phase Apron

The cast ragged on Karen while she was in the “discovery phase” of creating her LaDame Fragrance. And who couldn’t relate to being in a “discovery phase,” especially when trying out new recipes? This apron is a must-have for RHOP cooks.

LaDame Fragrance By Karen Huger

Yes, Karen’s fragrance did come to fruition. It has top notes of fresh citrus and exotic spices along with notes of white floral, vanilla bean, and more.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Cast Names T-Shirt

This t-shirt includes all of the current cast members’ names, even the newest Housewife Mia Thornton.

Corona Light- 12 Pack

We had to include Corona Light on this list. It has become synonymous with Ashley Darby, at least according to most RHOP fans.

RHOP Magnet Set – T’Challa the Terror – Real Housewives of Potomac

T’Challa made such an impact on the Potomac ladies. These magnets are a humorous way to commemorate T’Challa’s interactions with the Housewives.

Gizelle Bryant Real Housewives of Potomac Card

If you have a friend who’s the “word on the street” this is the card you need to give them. It’s blank on the inside, so you can get a bunch of them to celebrate birthdays and other life milestones.

Word on the street is – I’m the word on the street Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee

Potomac fans know how much Gizelle loves the phrase “word on the street.” If you feel like you are the word on the street, then this is a t-shirt that you need.

Karen Huger Side Eye

Karen gives the best side eye. Put this sticker on your laptop, water bottle, or notebook to give yourself a laugh whenever you need one.

‘Baddest Thing Walking’ Gizelle Bryant Bracelet

Gizelle fans would appreciate this bracelet that celebrates one of her most memorable quotes.

Candiace’s Tears Stemless Wine Glass – RHOP

We’ve seen Candiace dab her tears with a folded napkin more times than we can count. This cup doesn’t come with a folded napkin though… unfortunately.

Candiace Crying Card

Any Real Housewives of Potomac fan would love to receive this card. More tears than Candiace means that someone misses you an awful lot.

My Word by Gizelle Bryant

Technically, this book is a fictional story about a First Lady of a megachurch. But, considering how much this mirrors Gizelle’s own life, it’s hard to read it and not wonder which parts were inspired by her time in this role.

Karen Huger – Grand Dame Throne Funny Happy Birthday Friend Card

Karen’s video invitation inviting her co-stars to her party via throne was just so Karen. This birthday card celebrates the grand dames in your friend group.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Printable Bingo Bundle

This bundle includes 10 different BINGO cards. Five cards are for general play and can be used while watching the various Real Housewives shows. The other five cards include specific content geared towards the RHOP, which makes watching the show even more fun.

Real Housewives of Potomac ‘Iconic’ Shirt

If you know you know. This shirt symbolizes so many iconic RHOP moments. It’s a must-have item for super fans of the series.

Juan Dixon Maryland Terrapins Original Retro Brand 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament March Madness Final Four Commemorative Classic Jersey

If Juan is your favorite House Husband, then you should rock his jersey from back in the day.

RHOP Real Housewives of Potomac Slither Bracelet

Any mention of the Wendy slither is a guaranteed laugh. If you want to make sure you’re always in a jovial mood, this bracelet also comes in gold.

If you want to take your Real Housewives of Potomac-inspired purchases to another level, book a trip at one of these hotels and resorts from their cast trips throughout the years:

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Camila Cabello Responds to Backlash After Her Dancer Is Accused of Blackface

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Camila Cabello is setting the record straight. 

Over the weekend, the Grammy winner addressed accusations that one of her backup dancers performed in blackface. The pop star recently took center stage during an appearance on The Tonight Show, where she performed her new single, “Don’t Go Yet.”

For the set, Camila and her backup dancers appeared to channel the ’80s with colorful props, Miami Vice-inspired outfits and beauty looks from the era. Following the performance, however, many took to social media to criticize the heavy makeup worn on stage, specifically by dancer Dylan Pearce.

As one Twitter user wrote, “Camila what was going on with Dylan’s makeup?…having a dancer do blackface on stage in 2021 is absurd and you know better than that! say something immediately.”

The former Fifth Harmony member issued a statement shortly after receiving criticism.

“hey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan,” she wrote on Saturday, July 24. “we purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin.”

“There are white people, African American people, latin people, etc.,” the “Havana” singer explained, adding, “the point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80’s character just like in the video, including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan.”

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Additionally, Camila re-posted a photo of her backup dancer in his get-up that was originally shared on Dylan’s Instagram Stories.

“In case you missed my spray tan last night on @jimmyfallon with @camila_cabello,” the choreographer captioned his post, which has since expired. At this time, Dylan hasn’t publicly addressed the backlash regarding his onstage makeup.

In a separate post, Camila reiterated that she and her team strive to create a positive space.

“On my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week,” she expressed on Twitter. “none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support.”

E! News has reached out to the star’s reps for comment, as well as Dylan, but we have yet to receive a response from either.

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Outer Banks’ Chase Stokes Explains Why He Was Kicked Out of Elton John’s Oscars Party

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We think it’s gonna be a long, long time till Chase Stokes gets to make another appearance at Elton John‘s famed post-Oscars shindig

The 28-year-old Outer Banks star swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, July 22. During the visit, guest host Anthony Anderson brought up Chase’s humble beginnings as a struggling actor in Los Angeles prior to landing his career-defining role on the popular Netflix series that launches its second season next week

Indeed, Chase recalled that he lived in a parking structure at the famed intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. “off and on for about two months” while he struggled to make ends meet as a thespian. As it turned out, he had a strategy for where to park his car before falling asleep in the backseat. 

“You don’t want to park in the corner, right?” Chase explained. “Because then all of a sudden, the parking attendant is like, ‘That dude’s for sure sleeping in here.’ So every day, I would find a different parking spot, and it worked out. It worked out. I never got caught.”

When Anthony asked whether he was working at the time, Chase revealed he temporarily had a job as a cater waiter, but it ended quite unceremoniously. 

“One of my buddies got me a job as a waiter,” the actor recalled. “I ended up doing Elton John’s Oscar party. I got fired 15 minutes into it because I was watching the band. That was awesome, a really good time. I didn’t get a paycheck, so it was immediately back to Hollywood and Highland, and hopefully they didn’t cancel my L.A. Fitness membership. So it was great.” 

Luckily, everything worked out, and Chase fell in love with co-star Madelyn Cline to boot. Also, we’re guessing that if Elton had written a song about Chase getting fired, it might have gone, “Goodbye, Chase Stokes, though I never knew you at all.” 

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