New Streaming Platform Quibi Announces Interactive Dating Series Called The Hot Drop

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It’s been decades since The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were primetime hits, but if a new subscription streaming service has its way, the dating show genre is about to enter a renaissance. Quibi's upcoming series The Hot Drop will take an interactive approach to reality dating entertainment by giving viewers the power to decide who should and shouldn't live happily ever after. ITV America’s Sirens Media and ITV Studios Entertainment will produce.

Each week, The Hot Drop will share a profile of an eligible single on the Quibi app. Interested viewers will respond by submitting videos to apply for the opportunity to be a contestant and date the single of the week. On Wednesdays, the series will name the top three candidates and let viewers vote to choose who goes on the adventure. The candidate with the most votes will meet the featured single on Friday and go on an over-the-top first date while the audience watches in the Quibi app. One single’s journey ends when they decide at the end of the week if they want to continue dating their match “off the app” or remain single.

“We see The Hot Drop as a major step toward modernizing the ‘dating’ genre,” said executive producer and Sirens Media president Jessica Sebastian. “From the casting to its cinematic style, it will be a fresh and edgy new entry in the space, and we’re excited to enlist the Quibi audience's help in putting together the perfect match.”

Angela Jain, Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment added: “We are delighted Quibi saw the potential in The Hot Drop as much as we did, their support throughout has been fantastic. This is a major step forward in the growth of ITV Studios Entertainment and we are delighted to be partnering with Sirens Media to produce what we believe will be a distinctive, contemporary and entertaining take on the dating scene.”

Reflecting the progessive values of the millennial generation, The Hot Drop will celebrate singles of all genders and sexual preferences. A premiere date for the series has not yet been announced.

Quibi will be available in April 2020 in the United States. The mobile-first, short-form streaming platform is helmed by former chairman of Walt Disney Studios Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman. All Quibi videos will be between four and 10 minutes long, and designed specifically to be watched on mobile. The company has so far attracted $1 billion from its pool of investors, which includes many of Hollywood’s major studios.