The “Bridgerton” literary universe is expanding. Original series writer Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the romance series’ Netflix adaptation, are set to cowrite a new prequel novel set in the world of “Bridgerton.”

Currently untitled, the new book series is based on the universe of the TV series, and is an adaptation of the upcoming Netflix “Bridgerton” spinoff about a young Queen Charlotte. The book will tell the story of how Charlotte met and married King George, with a focus on how their love lead to a social shift that created the racially inclusive world seen in the television series.

“Queen Charlotte has been such a moving character to write and now having the opportunity to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Rhimes said in a statement. “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience.”

The novel will be published by Avon Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins and the longtime publisher of Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels. Publication will be timed to the release of the spinoff series on Netflix, which currently does not have a premiere date.

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The official trailer for “The Bond,” a four-part docuseries from Discovery+, has been released. The series focuses on stories of wild animals who have forged deep, lasting bonds with human beings. Don Argott and Sheena Joyce direct the series, which is produced by Team Downey. Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Emily Barclay Ford executive produce for Team Downey alongside Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart. The series premieres on Discovery+ July 14. Watch the full trailer below.


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Scott Turner Schofield has been cast in a recurring role in Hulu’s new series “Up Here.” Turner Schofield will appear as Phil, a surly, transgender manager of the NY bookstore where the main character works who is trying to become a novelist. Turner Schofield is the first transgender man to be be nominated for an acting Emmy, for the daytime series “Studio City” in 2020. Other notable roles include “The Conductor,” “The Blacklist,” “Equal” and the upcoming film “Off Ramp.” He also appeared as himself in documentaries “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen” and “No Ordinary Man.” He is the executive producer of the upcoming Blumhouse slasher film “They/Them,” and worked as a consultant and producer on “Zombies 3” and “Anything’s Possible.” Turner Schofield is repped by Artists & Representatives and Lisa Evan Blumenthal of Momentum Talent Management.