It’s safe to say that Love Is Blind has become the single most talked-about TV show of 2020 so far, and one of the most surprising hits in Netflix’s ever-growing reality programming catalogue. So it makes sense that, in the wake of that reunion, fans are already starting to wonder what’s next for their new favorite show.
A second season of Love Is Blind has yet to be officially announced by Netflix, but the show’s explosive popularity all but confirms that we’ll be getting one. What we do know, however, is that a queer version of the show almost certainly won’t be happening.
“This is not a show that is particularly about sexuality,” Chris Coelen, who created the series, recently told Metro. “But with that said… I do think that, based on the setup of it, a LGBTQ+ version of that has some logistical difficulties in the current setup.”
In other words, Love Is Blind is all about creating pairings between one man and one woman, and the format would struggle to stretch beyond that. (Although it did foster plenty of conversations about what it’s like to date while bisexual following Carlton’s ill-fated coming out conversation with Diamond.)
An LGBTQ+ version of Love Is Blind would be inherently different, because queer singles wouldn’t fit so tidily into the heteronormative dating constructs that shows like The Bachelor have been trading in for years. Plus there’s always the possibility they’d end up dating their romantic rivals.
There’s precedent. Finding Prince Charming, which aired in 2016 on Logo, got derailed almost immediately by the sheer chaotic nature of gathering a bunch of gay men in a mansion and plying them with booze, leading to trysts between the suitors who were supposed to be wooing the titular “prince”. Other shows like The Bi Life have built this kind of thing into their premise, bringing together bisexual and pansexual people and creating a whole realm of romantic possibilities for them to explore together.
Love Is Blind trades in something altogether more traditional: it shoots for The Bachelor-style idylls of monogamy and marriage, with equally The Bachelor-tier levels of mess and conflict. And that’s fine! Because until we get our own bonkers dating show on Netflix, there’s nothing queer people love more than other people’s drama.
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