via Variety – Streaming networks, for all their creative upsides, have trouble staying timely. Releasing worthy shows every week makes it hard for many to stay in the spotlight for too long, and anything remotely centered on the news cycle tends to expire almost immediately. Talk shows like Netflix’s Chelsea and Hulu’s I Love You, America? struggled to strike the balance between evergreen and timely content. And thanks to the difficulty of keeping spoilers at bay with full-season drops, competitive reality shows have been less about shocking results than the pleasant journeys in between. Netflix is hoping to break that streak with Rhythm & Flow. It’d be tempting to call it a hip-hop American Idol, but in truth, Rhythm & Flow is more ambitious (and its contestants far more actively involved in their own music production) than that.

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