The days of binging reality TV over a weekend on Netflix may be over.
The streaming service plans to bring back Too Hot to Handle and The Circle for new seasons. But in renewing the reality TV programs, Netflix (opens in new tab) says it’s changing the shows’ release schedule to a weekly release instead of releasing every episode all at once when the new season debuts.
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The Circle will premiere on April 14 with four episodes, and that process will continue every Wednesday until the season finale on May 5. According to Netflix, a premiere date for Too Hot to Handle premiere date has not been announced yet, though the new season arrives in June.
Parcelling out episodes may be an unusual approach for Netflix, but it’s something other streaming services do. Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus regularly release weekly episodes — the latter is currently do that with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Other reality series on Netflix have gotten the weekly treatment in the past, and at the time, Netflix insisted (opens in new tab) that there was no plan to move away from mass releases for its scripted shows.
the weekly release of licensed titles (like Great British Baking Show) isn't new and in hopes of keeping Rhythm + Flow's winner a surprise, we're trying something new! but not happening with more shows than thatSeptember 3, 2019
Too Hot To Handle is centered around a competition among attractive houseguests, who compete to win $100,000 by not engaging in any romantic foreplay. In The Circle, contestants move into the same apartment building, yet never meet face-to-face and only communicate through social media.
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