Netflix Dec. 6 disclosed it is casting for a second season of the “Squid Game: The Challenge” reality competition series currently wrapping up its inaugural season with three contestants (out of 456) remaining to win the coveted $4.56 million solo prize awarded tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Contestants in The Challenge, similar to characters in the namesake South Korean “Squid Game” drama, must navigate a series of physical and mental challenges — albeit without the life and death consequences found in the original show.
“There was no red light in our decision to greenlight season two…the most ambitious unscripted show we’ve premiered at Netflix,” Brandon Riegg, VP of nonfiction series at Netflix, said in a statement. “We’re so excited to continue the franchise…with our team in Korea, and [London] producers at Studio Lambert and The Garden.”
The show, similar to its Korean namesake drama, “Squid Game,” Netflix’s most-ever viewed program, has been a ratings winner. The show topped 20 million viewers two weeks ago, and added more than 11 million viewers for the week ended Dec. 3. The original “Squid Game,” which is also returning for a second season, finished No. 7 among Netflix’s Top 10 most-viewed non-English language content last week.
The original scripted drama holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere. It was for season 2 as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round of the scripted show.
Netflix is further expanding the world of the show with “,” a live fan experience, which started Dec. 6 in Los Angeles. Guests are transported into the Squid Game universe by participating in six, immersive and competitive engagements, as seen in and inspired by the original series. There will also be a Night Market with themed food and beverages.
Netflix is also producing a video game in the Squid Game universe where players will be able to compete with friends in games they’ll recognize from the series.
The Challenge marks Netflix’s first cash-based competition since 2009, when it awarded $1 million to a team of mathematicians, which bested Netflix’s own algorithm for predicting viewer recommendation by 10.06%.