If you, like me, got addicted to Love Is Blind and thought it was the hottest mess of a show you ever did see, you’re going to absolutely love Netflix’s newest offering in the reality dating sphere. Too Hot to Handle is a series with the most insane premise and even messier contestants and frankly, I’ve never been looking forward to a show more.
At first glance, the concept doesn’t seem all that different. Netflix has assembled “10 hot young singles” for Too Hot to Handle and flown them to an exotic location where they’ll stay together in a luxury villa and share “the most erotic summer of their lives.” So far, so basic, right?
Of course, there’s a twist. While most reality shows will do anything they can to get contestants to loosen up and hop into bed together, plying them with alcohol and practically pushing them into doing it, Too Hot to Handle has focused on bringing in self-described commitment-phobes who really love hooking up. That should be a good thing, but Netflix is crafty and isn’t making things so easy.
They’re not allowed to hook up or even kiss. They can’t even get freaky without going all the way, or else they lose and will no longer be eligible for the $100,000 prize. Clearly, not having sex is a big deal to the people on the show, so this may prove very difficult for some of them. “No kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind. With every slip, the prize money goes down,” Netflix revealed. “In this luxury no-bone zone, will the serial singletons be able to form deeper emotional connections? Or will the temptation simply be too hot to handle?” Is Too Hot to Handle going to be the most insane show ever? Sounds like!
One bad apple can ruin it for the bunch. Even if most of the contestants are able to abstain from intimacy, if even one couple slips up, the rest are affected since the prize money will go down. That’s so cruel… but also genius.
Too Hot to Handle drops on Netflix on April 17. I can’t wait to binge-watch it all next weekend.
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