Netflix is testing out a different kind of release strategy for Love Is Blind. In the past, streaming shows have mostly followed one of two patterns: dropping entire seasons at once (a model which Netflix itself pioneered and has largely favored, with few exceptions), or releasing episodes on a weekly basis to mimic the old-school model of watching TV on “real” networks. For this show, however, the ten episodes are being split up in three separate, staggered groups, according to People. First, the first five episodes will arrive just before Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 13, presumably at midnight PST, like most Netflix shows. Next, four more episodes will be released a week later, on Feb. 20. Finally, the season finale (which is actually two-hour supersized episode) will arrive on its own on Feb. 20.
If you’re used to the usual variations on dating reality TV shows, Netflix might have an answer for you. Their new series Love Is Blind, created and hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, combines several elements of your typical dating show with a big twist: the contestants don’t get to see each other face-to-face until after they’ve made a decision about their relationship. If the unusual premise has sparked your interest, here’s the lowdown on how and when you can tune in.
The series doesn’t just show the potential couples meeting and flirting while unable to see each other – it follows them as they re-enter their real lives and try to make the relationships work, like the after-series Bachelor finales. There’s a touch of Married at First Sight in there too: the couples get engaged straight out of their blind “pod” relationships, and their weddings are set for only a few weeks away from their re-entry into the real world. It’s all the fast-tracked romance of The Bachelor mixed with the blind-meeting shenanigans of The Circle, and it’s sure to make a big impression when the first episodes drop on Feb. 13.
Margot Robbie and Jimmy Fallon’s Ludicrous Game of “Know It All” Proves Who Knows More About Herbs
Margot Robbie is making the rounds this week to promote the imminent release of Birds of Prey, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from her interviews, it’s that we’ll watch literally anything that involves the Australian actor. On Tuesday night, she sat down with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the film before they competed against one another in a few friendly rounds of “Know It All.”
Margot and Jimmy are both a couple of absolute goofballs, so the game starts with the topic of 16th-century Swedish architects and quickly descends into a silly contest to show who knows the names of more herbs and spices. Yes, it’s as random as it sounds. You can check out the full video above.
If You Missed Lin-Manuel Miranda In Hamilton on Broadway, You Have Another Shot
Unlike many of the other upcoming musical movies, the just-announced Hamilton film isn’t a re-cast, adapted movie. Instead, it’s a theatrical release of a filmed performance on Broadway! So, does this mean creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda will appear in the movie? No need to wait for it – the answer is yes.
Way back when Hamilton was a new Broadway phenomenon in 2016, the show’s creative team decided to film the musical before the original cast departed. “We’re filming the original cast before I go. WE GOT YOU,” Miranda tweeted back then, adding in a second tweet, “What are we doing with that footage? No idea. Throwing it in a vault at Gringotts for a bit probly. But we’re getting it.”
In that original cast, of course, Miranda played the title character, US Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The cast also included Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Anthony Ramos (who is next starring in the movie version of Miranda’s previous musical, In The Heights). Odom Jr., Diggs, and Goldsberry all won Tony Awards for their performances, while Miranda took home the best score, best book, and best musical prizes.
As Hamilton, Miranda was the first person to perform now-iconic songs like “My Shot,” which he first performed at a 2009 White House event. Miranda originated the role off-Broadway and on Broadway, staying with the show through July 9, 2016 – almost a full year after the show made the big move to Broadway in the Summer of 2015. He was succeeded on Broadway by Javier Muñoz, who had been his alternate up until that point. As of this writing, the role is played on Broadway by Jimmie “JJ” Jeter. Other current A.Hams include Joseph Morales, who plays the role on the “Philip” tour, Edred Utomi on the “Angelica” tour, Julius Thomas III in San Francisco, and Karl Queensborough in London. Hamilton is set to hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021.