The weddings from Season 4 of “Love Is Blind” premiered Friday on Netflix, but viewers waiting for the reunion special are waiting a bit longer than expected Sunday night.
For weeks, Netflix has touted its reunion for the Seattle couples and stressed that there wouldn’t be spoilers ahead of the special since it would be recorded and streamed live on the platform at 8 p.m. ET.
Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, the special would reveal who is still married, what happened behind the scenes, and answers for some of the most-talked-about scenes during the season. Unfortunately for Netflix, the reunion special will most likely be remembered for starting several minutes late (and, for “Succession” fans like me, messing up our Sunday night TV-watching plans.)
I signed on at 7:47 p.m., hoping there was a pre-show so I wouldn’t miss a second of the special, but all I could do was set an alert for when the reunion started.
At 8:02 p.m., Netflix tweeted that the special would begin in 15 minutes.
At 8:49 p.m., the Netflix app still showed a waiting message saying, “It’s almost time! The live event will start soon.” The “elevator music” they had going on was pretty nice, though.
Recently, Netflix had success with its new live event feature. Chris Rock hosted his live stand-up special “Selective Outrage” on March 4, where he talked about being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars for the first time. The special made the U.S. top 10 for the streamer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Sunday night, very quickly, Twitter users tweeted some hilarious jokes about the streamer not meeting its promise for a live 8 p.m. showing of the “Love Is Blind” reunion special.
Finally, at 9:29 p.m. ET, Netflix addressed its users on Twitter, apologizing and thanking “Love Is Blind” fans for their patience. Shortly before that tweet, I got texts that a few friends were seeing something that looked like a reunion special on their apps. (Perhaps it was that pre-live reunion special I was hoping for at 7:50 p.m.)
As for me and my TV, at 9:02 p.m., I’d switched over to “Succession.”
Better luck on Monday morning, Netflix.