It may have taken quite some time but Netflix has finally confirmed Floor Is Lava will return for season 2. The popular competition series initially debuted on the streaming service last summer. This was just several months after many people around the world were firmly in lockdown and were streaming movies and TV shows at a rate we had never really seen before. This show, based on an age-old children's game, managed to become an unlikely hit. Now, the company is set to bring it back.
According to a new report, Floor Is Lava season 2 has been given the green light by Netflix. Host Rutledge Wood will be returning as well. Wood had previously been known for his work on the American version of Top Gear. For those who perhaps didn't watch the series while it was dominating the company's daily streaming lists, it sees teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers. They are competing for cash prizes, much like any other competition show. Despite the simple, arguably silly premise, it proved to be a huge hit. Netflix says 37 million households watched the first season within four weeks of its initial release.
Anthony Carbone is on board as executive producer and showrunner. Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton, Caroline Baumgard, and Anthony Storm, Irad Eyal and Megan McGrath also serve as executive producers. There is no word yet on how soon production will begin on season 2. There is also no indication as to a timetable for release. Given that Netflix took months for the renewal to come to light, it's hard to say how quickly they will look to get this one in the books.
In any event, competition and reality shows have become a bigger part of the Netflix business model in recent years. As competition has increased in the streaming game, with HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock and Paramount+, among others, now vying for subscribers, Netflix needs to offer a wider range of content to more effectively compete. They stated as much during a recent quarterly earnings report, writing in a letter to investors that they are committed to delivering a wide variety of different content in different genres.
"First and foremost, we want to deliver a wide variety of best-in-class stories that our members love and watch in big numbers... We program across many genres because tastes are very diverse. Even for one person, what they desire will vary widely depending on their mood or who they are watching with."
To that end, Netflix is set to spend $17 billion on original content in 2021 alone. Much of that will be on high-profile, expensive movies such as Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead and Dwayne Johnson's Red Notice. But shows like Floor Is Lava are, relatively speaking, cheap to produce and can appeal to a wide audience. That makes them a good investment. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.