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Netflix’s The Ultimatum to get an all-LGBTQ second season very soon

The Ultimatum will see couple change partners to test out married life.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Netflix

Netflix has announced that its new reality dating show, The Ultimatum, is set to get an all-LGBTQ season in the near future.

The show will start with a non-queer season on 6 April, with the LGBTQ version to follow sometime after.

Several other dating shows and formats are also debuting or returning to the streaming giant including Love Is Blind, Too Hot Too Handle, and more.

“The only thing scarier than losing you right now would be marrying you”

An official description for The Ultimatum reads: “Six different couples, on the verge of marriage. One partner is ready to get married, the other isn’t quite as sure. An ultimatum is issued – and in just over eight weeks, they must commit to marriage, or move on.

“In the meantime, each will choose a new potential partner from one of the other couples, in a life-changing opportunity to get a glimpse of two different possible futures.”

A teaser for the series reveals more about how the series will work with couples choosing a new partner who they will then live with for three weeks. 

“The only thing scarier than losing you right now would be marrying you,” one person tells their partner. 

“You’re going to find out if there are people here who might be a better fit” hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey tell the gathered couples in another clip.

In a dramatic-looking exchange, one woman tells another, “I think you can do, like, 100% better than him”. 

One guy says at another point: “I would be crushed if she walked out of here with another guy.”

Variety reports the LGBTQ series will have a predominantly female cast.

Speaking to the publication about the show’s premise executive producer Chris Coelen says: “It’s based in a very real relatable conversation and situation for many, many people”

He also says: “For the participants, it’s incredibly powerful. It does teach them something, I think, at the end of it. It’s full of emotion and hope. I’m really proud of it.”

Bosses at ITV have drawn criticism for previously saying that having LGBTQ contestants on reality dating shows would be a “logistical difficulty”. There have been calls for this to change.

Other dating reality shows have included LGBTQ contestants, including the BBC’s I Like The Way U Move.

The first eight episodes of The Ultimatum will debut on 6 April, with the final episode to follow on 13 April. 

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