Netflix's instant hit show, Too Hot To Handle put the likes of Love Island to shame, and thankfully, the reality series is officially returning. Yep, Netflix dropped a trailer for season 2 back in May but only went public with the ten contestants being announced last week for the mid-June premiere.
Created by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett and produced by Fremantle company, Talkback, the new season is sure to be another hit – with both raving and scathing reviews likely to follow its release.
Here is everything you need to know about Too Hot To Handle season 2, including when you can stream it, all the deets on the new cast members, plus what the season 1 cast members are up to now.
What is the Netflix show 'Too Hot To Handle' about?
Too Hot To Handle's second season will be similar to the first season. In a nutshell, it’s still a reality dating show based around 10 super attractive, sexy singles living in a luxury villa paradise and on the hunt to find meaningful love instead of something based solely in lust.
But this is no peaceful retreat: drama and chaos is always sure to follow these potential partners and if we learnt anything from the first season, it will be intense. Let’s get into the rules: the premise of the show is that the group of contestants start with $100,000 USD in pooled prize money and for every intimate act that happens between couples, money is lost. Last season the contestants came out of the show with a woeful $7,500 each... before tax.
For a single kiss, $3000 dollars is taken from the kitty and more sexual acts start at $6,000. This was evident when Francesca and Harry lost $16,000 for a sexy date night away. Obviously this is a silly premise, but the the picturesque scenery, attractive singles and petty drama make for highly-entertaining viewing fodder after a stressful day.
Is 'Too Hot To Handle' season 2 returning?
Yep it is! Netflix announced that Too Hot To Handle will be back on June 23, however, it seems the streaming giant will be drip-feeding us (sighs heavily). The first four episodes will be released to watch on June 23, but the final six episodes won't be coming to our devices until June 30 – a whole week later. Life is unfair.
Why, you ask? Well, it seems like Netflix is doing a bit of experimentation on us. Netflix’s Unscripted Chief told Deadline a few months back: "We’re experimenting with the release format so you have time to dissect and dish on every step of the competition as it unfolds." Hmm. It sounds like we’re in for a full-on new season, at least.
Will the original 'Too Hot To Handle' cast be returning for season 2?
Considering most of the contestants from season 1 didn't last (look, I'm not totally surprised) any number of them could have been potentially returning. Despite this, the 10 cast members who have been revealed for season 2 are all fresh (and beautiful) faces. However, we can confirm we will be seeing the return of our favourite virtual assistant, Lana, who does her best to maintain law and order through and enforce the rules.
Who are the new cast for 'Too Hot To Handle' season 2?
Let’s jump right in: Nathan is a 27-year-old former stripper from the UK who now lives in Texas. Then there’s Carly, a self-proclaimed “man-eater” and Canadian model, who states that she "can't stand being told what to do". Larissa is a lawyer from across the Tasman in neighbouring NZ.
There’s Chase, a football player from Arizona, Cam, a personal trainer from South Wales, and Marvin, a 26-year-old Parisian influencer and ex-basketball player with a masters in finance. Love that for him.
We also have 21-year-old Peter, another personal trainer, Melinda a New York-based model, Emily a London-based model and finally a 26-year-old Florida-based bartender, Kayla. This should be fun.
What are the cast of 'Too Hot To Handle' season 1 doing now?
They certainly lost the cast a lot of money as they could not seem to keep their hands off each other. However, after the show, things didn't quite pan out, despite them being kind of engaged for a while? (Francesca has since said she didn’t know if they actually were betrothed at the time, which seems like quite vital information to have.) They soon split, with Harry Jowsey soon making an emotional tell-all video highlighting why he broke up with Francesca. Francesca followed suit and needless to say, it got messy.
Francesca Farago after filming Season 1 of Too Hot to Handle made more headlines when she went public earlier this year with her relationship with The Only Way Is Essex cast member, Demi Sims. Sadly they’ve since split up too.
Despite their differences, Harry and Francesca have not forgotten each other. The two of them even posted some pictures of their reunion in anticipation of the new season of the show.
It is not all bad news for the season 1 cast of Too Hot To Handle, either. Netflix doesn’t look bad on your resume, and as is expected, many of the season 1 cast have grown quite the follower counts on social media. Chloe Veitch in particular has killed it, becoming a reality show staple with appearances on The Circle.
What can I expect from Season 2 of ‘Too Hot To Handle’?
Too Hot To Handle season 2 is going to be very similar to the first season of the dating show, with contestants avoiding sexual intimacy with each other to keep the prize pool of 100,000 US dollars.
But the Netflix show will no longer be filmed in Mexico, as season 1 was. Instead, season 2 has been shot in in Turks and Caicos with COVID protocols in place (still set in a luxury villa of course). Maybe the cast of Season 2 will be better equipped to handle the no touching, no sex rule given recent events..?
Of course, from season 2 we can expect some drama. There’s no doubt that this new group of contestants will not be able to commit to celibacy even if with a whopping 100,000 grand on the line. Best of luck to them, though.
There’s also speculation that the rules of the competition may change in this season, so there may be some shifts with those infamous monetary penalties and how that all works. It will be chaotic, that we know for sure.
When will ‘Too Hot To Handle’ Season 2 be released in Australia?
Similar to elsewhere, here in Australia we can expect to watch Netflix's show from June 23 and likewise have the final 6 episodes to binge from June 30. Mark those calendars!
Written by Oli Prosser, a Melbourne-based contributor for MTV Australia. To keep up with Oli find him on Instagram @oli_hprosser.