Netflix has dropped the Too Hot To Handle season 4 release date and first teaser, perhaps in attempts to distract us from the impending stress of the Love Is Blind season 3 reunion. (Touché, Netflix. Touché!)
While we're wondering about the pod squad's fate—particularly 'Will Bartise say yes'—the streamer got a chuckle throwing us off course with news of another odd reality dating show. 'Tis the season of giving, after all, and it appears Netflix got the memo.
The premise of Too Hot To Handle is just as cringey as Love Is Blind, but make no mistake, we're planning to stream them both in their entirety. In the former, singles are put in close quarters with potential matches, but they're unable to act on their desires, unbeknownst to them. Any physical touch will result in dwindling prize money, but it's likely pairs will find out this important tidbit when it's a tad too late.
Lana, who bears a striking resemblance to Alexa, shows up halfway through the series to inform the contestant of the rules—no touching. Will they be able to stay celibate in order to rake in the dough? Their prize money—and their peers' prize money—is on the line.
To make matters all the more difficult, said contestants initially believe they're on another reality show entirely, so it's highly likely that they're already attempting to get physical. During the fourth season, the participants are tricked into believing they're about to participate in Wild Love, a brand-new series all about adventure and romance (though it doesn't actually exist).
In the faux teaser, host Mario Lopez says, "This is Wild Love, the dating show that harnesses the power of adrenaline to help you fall in love harder, and more intensely, than ever. Ten super hot singles are about to push their love lives to the limits."
(This fake series is starting to sound like the romantic equivalent to Below Deck Adventure, don't you think?) We have a hunch that contestants might find Wild Love a bit more feasible than Too Hot To Handle's rules. Then again, we have yet to meet the new millennials and Gen Zers looking for love, and you know what they say about assuming...
'Too Hot To Handle' season 4 release date
Too Hot To Handle season 4 will release its first five episodes on December 7. The remaining episodes will air one week later on December 14, so mark your calendars accordingly.
'Too Hot To Handle' season 4 contestants
Curious who's who this season? Although contestants haven't been revealed just yet, we'll be sure to keep you updated and make the proper introductions when the time is right.
Once you meet the new singles, you'll likely see a few crossovers—after all, THTH alumna Melinda Berry did host Netflix's new experiment, Dated & Related. (Psst: here's where the Dated & Related couples stand now, if you're curious.)
If you need us, we'll be busy with our extensive Netflix lineup. Cheers to a lot of romance and drama on our TV queues.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
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