EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has got a new version of BBC Three’s high profile masked dating show lit green. Sexy beastsAs part of a wave of reality series from the UK, Dateway may reveal.
Produced by Lion TV from All3Media, Sexy beasts is a bit like The masked singer but for dating. In a format designed to highlight personality, singletons are camouflaged in Hollywood prostheses before dating. Only when decisions are made about potential applicants do the complex masks dissolve.
The show ran for only one season on BBC Three’s youth service in 2014, but Lion had some success with the format internationally, including adapting it to A&E in 2015. It is now being revived as a 12-part series on Netflix.
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We first got wind of the project last October when it was being developed under the covert title The date. We hear that Sexy beasts was filmed during the coronavirus pandemic between September and November last year, with around 50 singletons from the US and UK participating in the series.
The dating show is one of at least three new UK-produced reality and entertainment series ordered by Netflix as the streaming giant plans to double the success of shows like the one produced by Talkback Too hot to deal with This became the top performing competitive show in its history and that of Chris Coelen Love is blindwho have completed a two season renewal.
As already announced by Dateway, The circle Producer Studio Lambert is doing a reality game show called Jet setin which participants compete against each other in a range of challenges and dilemmas in a tropical location. The company is also doing a dance show called Everything OKaiming to expose a superstar choreographer. Production on the latter has been interrupted by coronavirus, but it remains a live project.
Additionally, we hear that Netflix is about to commit to another season of Wall to Wall’s makeup contest series Glow Up: Britain’s next makeup star. It co-produced a second season of the Stacey Dooley-Fronted Show with BBC Three last year. Season 1 launched exclusively on BBC Three in 2019.
Despite this spate of new British reality series and the success of last year’s show, Netflix has yet to confirm a second season of Too hot to handle. Nat Grouille and Sean Hancock, directors of unwritten originals and acquisitions, had no commitment when asked about the second season at the Edinburgh TV Festival last August.
Netflix declined to comment Sexy beasts. Check out the version from A&E below.