Netflix Renews ‘Love Is Blind’ for Two More Seasons, Plans More Romance Reality Shows

Netflix is doubling down on unscripted dating shows, adding seasons of “Love Is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “Indian Matchmaking” and “Love on the Spectrum” as well as new shows.

To unveil Netflix’s year-round offering of reality romance shows, stars of “Love Is Blind” and “Too Hot To Handle” teamed up to form the (fake) 2000s-style boy band N-2-LUV and previewed their debut single “Love Has No Offseason” for Nick Lachey, releasing a music video.

“Love is Blind” has been renewed for seasons four and five, which will each feature new singles and new cities. Season two marked five consecutive weeks on Netflix’s global top 10 list for English-language TV series, reaching the top 10 in 54 countries after it premiered on Feb. 11. A new season two installment, “Love Is Blind: After the Altar,” premieres later this year. Season three also premieres this year. In season three, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in Dallas where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with — without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then lay their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony. The 10-part series is hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey.

“The Ultimatum” premieres April 6, followed by an all-queer season coming soon. In the series, six different couples are on the verge of marriage. One partner is ready to get married, but the other isn’t quite as sure. An ultimatum is issued — and in just over eight weeks, they must commit to marriage, or move on. In the meantime, each will choose a new potential partner from one of the other couples, in an opportunity to get a glimpse of two different possible futures. Episodes one through eight premiere April 6 with final episodes April 13. 

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The “Love on the Spectrum” U.S version premieres this year following the success of the Australian series, It’s a docu-reality series following people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.  

“Dated and Related” premieres this year. In the new reality dating series, pairs of siblings will see each other’s love life up close as they search for “the one” together.

“Indian Matchmaking” season two premieres this year, with season three coming soon. In the series, matchmaker Sima Taparia returns to help some familiar faces and new singletons across the globe who have decided that it’s time to put their love lives in the hands of the expert. 
 
“Jewish Matchmaking” is coming soon. The new series from the producers of “Indian Matchmaking” features singles in the United States and Israel as they turn their dating life over to a top Jewish matchmaker. 

“Too Hot to Handle” season four is coming soon. Viewers will meet a new batch of hellraisers arriving for a sexy vacation where their assignment is to stick to the rules and abstain from any kind of sexual contact (or self-gratification) in order to form meaningful connections and keep prize money.

Another new series, hosted by Nick Lachey, brings together still-single stars from past Netflix reality shows who couple up in hopes of finding the perfect match. Stars will include participants from “Too Hot To Handle,” “Love Is Blind,” “The Circle” and “Selling Tampa,” among others. 

Fans can apply for future seasons of these shows on NetflixReality.com. For more about Netflix reality, they can listen to the new podcast “We Have The Receipts,” hosted by Lauren Speed-Hamilton (“Love Is Blind”) and Chris Burns (“The Betchelor”). 

 

Netflix Taking ‘Love is Blind’ Dating Show to Japan

“Love is Blind,” Netflix’s foray into unscripted reality television, is coming to Japan. The streamer’s dating show showcases singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, signing up for a less conventional approach to modern dating.

They hope to meet the person to spend the rest of their lives with without ever having seen them. The original U.S. show was nominated for two Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and was launched separately in Brazil. The second season of the U.S. show begins streaming Feb. 11.

With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when back in the real world, as the couples plan towards their wedding day, they quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a true love before the fast-approaching ceremony.

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Will they marry the person they fell blindly in love with? Or will physical realities and external factors sabotage the relationship?

Netflix says the reality show affords viewers a chance to consider how people meet and what is important in happy marriages. Co-hosts Takashi Fujii and Yuka Itaya help navigate singles and see how the social experiment goes on.

“Love is Blind: Japan” begins streaming on Netflix globally Feb. 8.

Peacock Launching Regency-Era Dating Show

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform is entering the reality dating business. The SVOD/AVOD service July 7 announced the series order of “Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance,” a new Regency-style dating series that claims to bring romance back to dating.

A yet uncast heroine looking for her duke will be staged in a Regency-style castle in England, where a group of eligible suitors will have to win her heart and her court.

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Set against a backdrop of rolling hills, the heroine and suitors will experience carriage rides and boat rides on the lake to archery and handwritten letters to communicate, they will be immersed in a time-traveling quest for love. In the end, the heroine and her suitors will discover if the ultimate romantic experience will find them true love.

The series is an original format developed and produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Shine TV. Anthony Dominici serves as Executive Producer with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Michael Heyerman for Endemol Shine North America and Susy Price for Shine TV.

HBO Max Bowing Reality Dating Series ‘Fboy Island’

HBO Max has announced the upcoming 10-episode reality dating series “Fboy Island” hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser (“The Nikki Glaser Podcast,” nationwide comedy tour “One Night With Nikki Glaser”).

The series concept was created by Elan Gale (“The Bachelor” franchise) with Sam Dean (HBO Max’s “12 Dates of Christmas,” “Love is Blind”) as showrunner. “Fboy Island,” from STXalternative, filmed earlier this year in the Cayman Islands, and is slated to debut this summer.

In the series, three women move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men — 12 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love, and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed — who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, and who the women ultimately choose.

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“This is an incredibly entertaining dating show full of twists and turns that will leave the audience constantly guessing,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of nonfiction and live-action family at HBO Max, said in a statement.

“We are especially excited for viewers to watch these strong women, guided by the hilarious Nikki Glaser, team together and empower each other to say ‘F-Boy, F-Bye,’” added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max.

“When I first got the call to be a part of a reality dating show called ‘Fboy Island,’ I said yes immediately,” Glaser said in a statement. “Then I realized they weren’t asking me to be one of the girls looking for love. That is not a joke; it was embarrassing. But as a massive fan of this genre, hosting this show was a true dream. I look forward to hosting for the next 43 seasons. I knew going into it that a show created and produced by the people behind my two favorite shows (“The Bachelor” & “Love Is Blind”) was going to be insanely good, but this one exceeded my expectations. I already know what happens and I can’t wait to watch it every week.”