Netflix gives ‘Sexy Beasts’ dating show two-season order with ‘Catastrophe’ star Rob Delaney as narrator (EXCLUSIVE)
It’s not just – or even remotely – looks in Netflix’s new “Sexy Beasts” dating series, which will be narrated by “Catastrophe” star and comedian Rob Delaney, Variety can reveal.
Produced by Lion TV, backed by All3Media, the streamer has signed on for two seasons of the reality show, which sees singles heading to blind dates transformed into various mythical animals and creatures through the use of prosthetics from Hollywood movies. The show is based on Lion TV’s original UK series for the BBC Three digital channel in 2014. The format, sold by All3Media International, has toured the world, driven by demand for large, costume-led visual formats at back of the “Masked Singer” success.
The first season of six-part episodes (6 x 30 ‘) will release worldwide on July 21, with a second season of six additional episodes slated for release later this year.
Lion TV Creator and Executive Producer Simon Welton said, âMaking ‘Sexy Beasts’ for Netflix has been an incredibly exciting process. With an international cast featuring some truly brilliant characters, a slew of prosthetics that look extraordinary in 4K, and with storytelling from Rob Delaney, viewers are going to be in for a treat. I hope the show puts a smile on people‘s faces as they perform to find out who will fall in love with whom, and what all of our actors really look like.
Each episode will feature a new single that searches for love based purely on personality. They choose from three potential love matches, all of which are in full prosthetic makeup. The catch, however, is that the bachelor won’t see the true face of the match he has chosen until after he has made his final decision, based entirely on his personality.
Over the course of the two seasons, 48 ââunique makeup designs were created, each designed specifically for the show’s contributors by prosthetic artist Kristyan Mallet, a leading FX artist who has worked on everything from âMission Impossible “to” The Theory of Everything “.
âSexy Beastsâ is produced by Lion TV Entertainment Director Welton (âHorrible Historiesâ, âBig Brotherâ). The series producer is Sarah Clarke (“Body Fixers”) and the series director is Sam Campbell (“The Circle”).
Nick Catliff, Content Manager, Lion TV, and Richard Bradley, Creative Director, Lion TV, added, âSexy Beasts is a milestone in the evolution of Lion’s relationship with Netflix. Last year we made the worldwide hit documentary “Secrets of Saqqara’s Tomb” and this year it’s “Sexy Beasts” which is fun, frivolous and totally original, which is what we all need in these strange times. It’s great to work with a streamer who supports true creativity and risk taking in all genres. Making an ambitious transatlantic dating show during the pandemic has been a huge challenge for all of us at Lion, but we’re thrilled with the outcome. “
Lion TV can be found under Lime Pictures, and both are under the All3Media portfolio.
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