Hot on the heels of its currently airing hit Average Joe series, NBC has announced that it will premiere Average Joe: Hawaii, the second installment of the series, on Monday, January 5 (10-11 PM ET).

As we reported earlier this fall, in anticipation of hit ratings and looking to prevent the participants from having previous knowledge of the program's twists and turns, NBC had already filmed a second edition of the series before the first edition premiered on November 3. “As soon as we saw the first tapes of the original Average Joe, we knew there was rich potential for a second helping of this twisted take on the dating show. The fact that we taped both series before either hit the air allows for the surprise twists to hit the new participants with the same impact they had on the original show,” said Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.

In the second edition of the series, the crown of Average Joe's former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin is passed on to another as-of-yet unrevealed former Miss USA contestant and model, who is swept away to a secluded island paradise with the promise of romance to be found among a group of 18 Prince Charmings. With no way of knowing the secret twist to Average Joe in advance, the new beauty must decide how to proceed when she meets the unexpected group of guys with big personalities, but admittedly average looks, ranging from a 5-foot-3 engineer to 340 pound sewage contractor.

While finding themselves on what one dismayed Average Joe describes as “nerd island,” the guys happily greet their beauty unaware that in a few short weeks a group of eight traditional dating-show-studs will join the competition to vie for her affection. As the series proceeds, new takes on the twists of “Average Joe” are in store for the audience along with brand new dramatic surprises; and tensions between the two groups of men reach new levels in several emotionally charged ‘joe’ vs. ‘jock’ showdowns.

Average Joe: Hawaii is a production of NBC Studios and Krasnow Productions. Stuart Krasnow (Dog Eat Dog, Weakest Link) and Andrew Glassman (Average Joe) are executive producers, Jason Raff is supervising producer.