Netflix Picks Up Three U.K. Reality Shows for Its Global Audience

Netflix has picked up three reality shows from the United Kingdom for its global audience.

“Over our past couple of years at Netflix, we have been thrilled by the ideas pitched to us from production companies in the U.K.; ideas that are fresh, thought-provoking and playful, a perfect combination for our unscripted slate,” wrote Ben Kelly, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., and Daisy Lilley, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., in an online blog. “We look for series that have a unique take on a familiar concept and put innovative twists on shows that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, so that we can deliver something truly original.

“The line-up includes a monstrous new VFX dance competition that gives talented budding dancers a chance to perform like no one’s watching, a reality series that puts a group of failure-to-launch youngsters through their paces in a wilderness camp, and a dating show with a seriously uncomfortable twist.”

They also confirmed that season three of “Too Hot to Handle” will launch early in the new year.

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The new shows include “Snowflake Mountain,” “Dance Monsters” and “Dated and Related.”

“Snowflake Mountain” takes a bunch of clueless kidults who aren’t yet living to their full potential and puts them through their paces at a wilderness survival retreat to try and kickstart them into standing on their own two feet. At stake is a transformative cash prize for the lucky winner. There’s no running water, no parents to wait on them, and no Wi-Fi. The series, which was filmed in the Lake District (North West England), features an international cast.

“Dance Monsters” is a large-scale dancing competition with a monster twist. Through the power of VFX, live motion capture and facial recognition, competitors will transform into fantastical dance monsters that come to life in front of an expert panel of judges and a live studio audience. For their time on stage they get to escape reality, become something truly extraordinary and stand out from the crowd.

In “Dated and Related,” pairs of siblings will be seeing each other’s love life up close and personal as they search for “the one” together. The series is filmed in France with an international cast.

‘Love Is Blind’ Top Rising Show, ‘Outer Banks’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Outer Banks” was the top binge show and the service’s “Love Is Blind” was the top rising show on the TV Time charts for the week ended Aug. 1.

“Outer Banks,” season two of which hit screens July 30, follows teens on an island of haves and have-nots hunting for a legendary treasure.

“Love Is Blind” is a reality show where singles have to find a match without seeing each other. A season one reunion special debuted July 28.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart and the bronze on the binge chart was the German coming-of-age drama “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).” Season three of the series debuted July 27.

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was the coming-of-age comedy “Never Have I Ever,” season two of which debuted July 15. Created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, it continues to follow Indian-American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who deals with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by almost 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Aug. 1 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 5.29%
  2. “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix) — 2.97%
  3. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 2.05%
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 2.02%
  5. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.86%
  6. “Grey’s Anatomy” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  7. “Modern Family” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  8. “Elite” (Netflix) — 1.31%
  9. “Sky Rojo” (Netflix) — 1.27%
  10. “The Good Doctor” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.19%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Aug. 1 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Love Is Blind” (Netflix) — 97.4%
  2. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 96.6%
  3. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 96%
  4. “Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star” (BBC Three) — 88.5%
  5. “Roswell, New Mexico” (The CW) — 84.9%
  6. “The Grand Tour” (Amazon Prime Video) — 78.3%
  7. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) — 75.6%
  8. “Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020” (NBC) — 72.2%
  9. “Them” (Amazon Prim Video) — 63.5%
  10. “Temptation Island” (IT) (Canale 5) — 38.4%

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.”

Research: SVOD Wakes Up to Reality

Reality was the second-most commissioned genre for linear services and third-most commissioned genre for video on-demand (VOD) services, according to research from Ampere Analysis on commissions, renewals and cancellations in 2019.

Data from Ampere indicates that Netflix has ramped up production of reality content compared with previous years. While in January 2018 Netflix had four original reality TV shows available, by year-end 2019, the number had grown eightfold to 32 original reality titles, with dating show “Love Is Blind” among its top-performing shows in Q1 2020.

Other findings include:

  • The most commissioned genre in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2019 was documentary, with one-off commissions a frequent occurrence. Documentary represented 31% of all first-run series ordered in 2019.
  • The second most commissioned and renewed genre was reality — at 14% of all commissions in 2019.
  • In total, 337 reality shows were commissioned in the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Comedy closely followed reality and was the third-most commissioned and renewed genre. Almost one quarter (23%) of shows are yet to begin series production, reflecting the longer production period required for scripted series. First-run commissions accounted for 67% of all series announced in 2019 — this means shows being ordered for a first season, including limited series.
  • Most renewals were reality (24%), with comedy (17%) and documentary (17%) following closely behind.

Linear versus VOD findings include:

  • Renewals in 2019 are skewed towards linear commissions, with linear series representing 85% of all U.K. and U.S. renewals in 2019.
  • High-profile unscripted linear renewals included 19th and 20th season order for MTV’s U.K. Reality series “Geordie Shore,” and a 17th season order for NBC’s music competition show “The Voice.”
  • In 2019, linear channels cancelled 515 shows while VOD services cancelled 151. However, this is slightly skewed by the cancellations of series with a predetermined limit on the number of episodes. Once these shows are removed from the analysis, data shows that linear channels cancelled 178 shows, while VOD services cancelled 66.
  • 65% of linear renewals were unscripted series, in comparison with just 25% of all VOD renewals, with streamers preferring to focus on higher-budget, scripted fare.
  • Reality was relatively safe from cancellation on both linear and VOD platforms — only 8% of all cancellations were reality.

“While reality has been a staple for linear TV due to lower per-hour production costs and continued popularity among consumers, VOD services have been increasingly investing in the genre,” said Ampere analyst Olivia Deane in a statement. “With Netflix already commissioning two more seasons of top performing title ‘Love is Blind,’ reality looks like it will be the next battleground for linear and VOD services.”

Netflix Announces Unscripted Lineup, Including New Series From Marie Kondo

Netflix has announced new and returning unscripted shows.

“Rhythm + Flow,” “The Circle” and “Love Is Blind” will all return with second seasons premiering in 2021, along with a new series from decluttering expert Marie Kondo (“Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”).

“It’s been incredible to see Netflix members everywhere respond to the raw, authentic stories of real people and real stakes,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of nonfiction series and comedy specials, in a statement. “We pride ourselves on creating a favorite show for any taste, and we’re thrilled fans embraced all of these series with such enthusiasm and shared passion. We look forward to sparking more joy for our members.”

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New series “Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo” features Kondo and her team setting out to tidy one small town in America (visit TidyMyTown.com to nominate a town for Kondo’s mission).

Returning series include:

  • Rhythm + Flow” season two, in which judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris return, looking for the next hip-hop sensation in the music competition series (auditions are now open at RhythmAndFlow.com);
  • “The Circle” seasons two and three, in which host Michelle Buteau returns as all new contestants and catfish enter “The Circle” vying for a $100,000 prize in a game where anyone can be anyone (casting is open at TheCircleCasting.com); and
  • “Love Is Blind”seasons two and three, in which hosts Vanessa Lachey and her husband Nick Lachey again ask the question if love is blind as new singles prepare to enter the pods for the dating experiment (season two is currently casting in Chicago with season three).

 

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