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Netflix Orders Unscripted Indian Matchmaking Series and Autism Dating Show

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Netflix has greenlit two new unscripted courting exhibits, Variety has discovered solely.

The new sequence additional bolster Netflix’s lineup within the romance style, following the success of breakout hits ‘Love Is Blind” and “Too Hot To Handle.”

“Indian Matchmaking,” which is able to debut on July 16, facilities round {couples} paired by an elite Indian matchmaker. “Love on the Spectrum,” premiering July 22, focuses on younger adults on the autism spectrum exploring the courting world.

Unlike “Love Is Blind” and “Too Hot To Handle,” each new exhibits are serialized, docuseries type codecs that can observe a number of characters’ tales over the course of the season.

“Indian Matchmaking” and “Love on the Spectrum” will create a jam-packed summer time of romance for Netflix, which simply final week introduced a brand new marriage ceremony present, “Say I Do,” from the creators of “Queer Eye,” which premieres on July 1. Earlier this month, the streaming large launched the second season of “Dating Around,” which was Netflix’s first unique courting present.

“When I started the unscripted department, we knew that one category that we wanted to try to get into was relationship and dating and love, and those are hard shows to find,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice chairman of nonfiction sequence and comedy specials, tells Variety in an interview performed earlier this summer time, including that he desires to proceed to broaden within the style. “It’s a category of programming that we know people really love, and it’s our job to find the best shows.”

“Indian Matchmaking” follows single millennials who’ve determined that it’s time to revisit strategies from the previous and look to the consultants, quite than swiping for love on courting apps. Elite Indian matchmaker Seema Taparia is thought for studying about her purchasers with painstaking precision to information them in the direction of their good match. From Houston to Chicago to Mumbai, the younger singles will go on first dates, usually with their household in tow, to find whether or not these good-on-paper matches can flip right into a love that lasts a lifetime.

The hourlong sequence has been given an eight-episode order, and hails from IPC Television. J.C. Begley will function present runner govt producer with Aaron Saidman, Eli Holzman and Smriti Mundhra.

“Indian Matchmaking” faucets right into a world a lot totally different than the standard millennial courting apps, Riegg says, describing the present as “full of heart.” The skilled matchmaker, who has purchasers in each the U.S. and India, is positioned in Mumbai, the place organized marriages are rather more frequent than the states, giving a nod to Netflix’s world footprint.

“Love on the Spectrum” will heart on younger adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate the unpredictable world of courting.

The sequence is produced by Northern Pictures, a Blue Ant Media firm, with the help of Screen Australia, in affiliation with ABC Television. The present initially aired on ABC Australia in Nov. 2019, and will likely be branded as a Netflix unique in all international locations exterior of Australia. Cian O’Clery is director and Karina Holden is govt producer. “Love on the Spectrum” will span throughout 5 hourlong episodes.

“Love on the Spectrum” is a notable second for mainstream content material, as people with particular wants are hardly ever represented on TV, particularly within the unscripted house, though A&E’s critically-acclaimed “Born This Way,” which adopted a bunch of adults with Down syndrome, was praised for its life like depiction, successful a number of Emmys and receiving a Television Academy Honor in 2016. ABC’s medical drama “The Good Doctor” revolves round a highly-skilled surgeon with autism, performed by Freddie Highmore, and the community’s former sitcom, “Speechless,” revolved round a disabled teenager. And Netflix’s personal scripted coming-of-age comedy “Atypical” facilities round on a youngster with autism, and has been renewed for a fourth and closing season.

As far as actuality courting exhibits, tv has seen a latest surge within the house that has been largely lead by “The Bachelor” franchise, because of competitors from Netflix’s breakouts “Too Hot To Handle” and “Love Is Blind,” which has been renewed for 2 extra seasons.

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