New players. New seasons. New schedule.
Netflix is finally stepping it up in its new spring season, announcing that both ‘The Circle’ and ‘Too Hot to Handle’ will be returning for new instalments this spring and summer but with a twist. Excited fans will no longer be able to binge-watch their favourite reality shows in one night, as Netflix embraces a radical weekly release model which will give ‘The Bachelor’ a run for their money on Wednesdays.
‘The Circle’ follows a group of wannabe social influencers playing an intense game of clout for a grand prize of 100,000 dollars. ‘Too Hot to Handle’ saw a number of horny young adults being dropped off on a private island adhering to the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting and no self-gratification. Both series gained such popularity that Netflix green lit ‘The Circle’ spinoffs in Brazil, France and the United Kingdom.
Release dates: The Circle and Too Hot to Handle premiere
Netflix will premiere the second season of ‘The Circle’ on April 14 and ‘Too Hot to Handle’ in June. Four new episodes will stream every Wednesday and the finale will release May 5. ‘Too Hot to Handle’ will follow with new episodes premiering on Wednesdays in June, just like regular TV. Both Netflix’s ‘The Circle’ and ‘Too Hot to Handle’ will unspool their sophomore seasons over multiple weeks in a schedule that’s very unlike Netflix.
THIS JUST IN — The Circle Season 2 premieres in April and Too Hot To Handle Season 2 is coming in June! pic.twitter.com/qzqYaDNBCF
— Netflix (@netflix) March 23, 2021
The Circle’s rollout looks like this:
April 14: Episodes 1-4
April 21: Episodes 5-8
April 28: Episodes 9-12
May 5: Season finale
‘The Circle’ will drop a schedule quite similar to its initial roll-out plan: four episodes each week, over three weeks while the new plan will be brand new to ‘Too Hot to Handle’.
The weekly schedule isn’t entirely new to Netflix, which previously rolled out the first season of ‘The Circle’ in weekly instalments, and debuts new episodes of ‘The Great British Baking Show’ days after they premiere in the United Kingdom. This approach is, however, new for ‘Too Hot to Handle’, aka F*ck Island, which debuted its first season in full. Netflix sent out an official release announcing the return of both reality series, with the second season of ‘The Circle’ on April 14 followed by ‘Too Hot to Handle’ in June.
Cast: The Circle
Netflix has yet to announce the cast, but we’ll have them all right here as soon as the news is out. Casting for The Circle season 2 began back in June 2020 after one of the show’s Twitter accounts posted the application online. They were said to have been looking to cast anyone above the age of 21, including all genders and all ethnicities.
Fill in that application form – we’re still casting NATIONWIDE for season 2! 🇺🇸https://t.co/KKi92HcnFi
— The Circle US Casting 🇺🇸 (@CastTheCircleUS) June 28, 2020
Cast: Too Hot to Handle
Netflix hasn’t released an official cast list-they just shared the show is coming back. At the moment, it’s unclear if all the contestants will be brand new, or if any fan faves will return.
The Circle and Too Hot to Handle 2 official Synopsis
- Too Hot to Handle
“The world’s hottest no dating dating show is back with 10 sexy new singles. Anyone who dares to break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind will see the $100,000 prize drop faster than our contestants’ libido in the least sexy vacation getaway of their lives.”
- The Circle
There is no official synopsis for season 2 of The Circle. We can only assume that the second season of The Circle will follow a format similar to that of season 1. “Within the show, contestants are isolated with their own apartments, and can only communicate to the other contestants via “The Circle”, ostensibly a computer program which transcribes their messages into text as if in a social media app. Contestants are thus able to present completely different identities to the others to hopefully win them over. Every so often, the group of contestants are asked to rate their fellow contestants, with the top vote-getters becoming the “Influencers” of the Circle, giving them the power to “block” one contestant from the circle, eliminating them from the game.