Netflix is giving a double dose of reality this spring with new seasons of its hit series The Circle and Too Hot to Handle, the streaming company announced today. Both shows will kick off Season 2 in the coming months, with new episodes premiering on Netflix every Wednesday.
Under to new release schedule, The Circle is back first, dropping the the first four episodes of Season 2 on Wednesday, April 14. The full second season will roll out over the course of four weeks, with the finale scheduled for May 5. In the new season, fans can expect “bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes!” Eight new contestants are set to “flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each” in hopes of winning the show’s $100,000 grand prize.
Once The Circle wraps up on Netflix, Too Hot to Handle Season 2 will premiere in June, with new episodes dropping each Wednesday. In the new season, a fresh group of singles will try their best not to ” break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind.” If they’re successful, they could see the $100,000 prize in full. If not, the money begins to dwindle.
The release plan is not a new one for The Circle, but marks a new chapter for Too Hot to Handle, which debuted its first season in one day for viewers to binge all at once. Now, Netflix is aiming to give fans “time to dissect and dish on every step of the competition as it unfolds.”
“When these shows debuted last year, their unique premises turned heads,” Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series Brandon Riegg said in a press release. “In January, The Circle challenged players to quarantine in their individual apartments and only communicate with each other via social media. By the time April arrived and we released Too Hot to Handle, a dating competition where the prize money hinged on players keeping their hands off each other, the seemingly outrageous setup suddenly felt much more relatable.”
He added, “We can’t wait for our members to see what’s in store in their second seasons. We’ve added new twists and surprises to keep the games fresh — and all new players that we think fans will love rooting for.”
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