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Netflix ‘experimenting’ with “The Circle”, “Too Hot to Handle” release format

Netflix is shaking up its release format with the return of two unscripted competition series, The Circle and Too Hot to Handle. Several episodes will be released at a time on ...
March 23, 2021

Netflix is shaking up its release format with the return of two unscripted competition series, The Circle and Too Hot to Handle.

Several episodes will be released at a time on Wednesdays beginning with the first four episodes of The Circle on April 14, culminating with the finale on May 5.

Once that series wraps up, Too Hot to Handle (pictured) will take over in June, following the same release format.

Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s VP of unscripted and documentary series, said in a release that the reasoning behind the experimentation, which more closely follows the linear broadcast model than the typical “binge” model employed by Netflix, was to provide viewers with “time to dissect and dish on every step of the competition as it unfolds.”

The Circle is produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group.

Executive Producers are Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Jo Harcourt Smith, and Toni Ireland for Studio Lambert; and Richard Foster and Chet Fenster for Motion Content Group.

Too Hot to Handle is produced by Fremantle labels Thames and Talkback. Amelia Brown, Saul Fearnley and Ros Coward are EPs for Thames Productions, with Jonno Richards executive producing for Talkback.

Earlier this month, Netflix revealed plans to double down on docusoaps with two new series from the production teams behind Selling Sunset and Bling Empire: a yet-untitled series from Adam DiVello and his Done and Done Productions (Selling Sunset) and My Unorthodox Life from Jeff Jenkins Productions and 3BMG (Bling Empire).

“In my eyes, unscripted TV is one of the most broad and diverse categories of entertainment. There are competition shows to be named the best singer… or the worst baker. There are dating shows to find the one (or $100,000). There are home design shows to spark inspiration (and even joy!). And there are programs that follow real people going about their real lives, among many others,” Riegg had stated.

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