CBS orders American edition of U.K.'s 'Love Island' hit reality series
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/09/2018
Love Island, a very popular U.K. reality series, is coming to CBS.
CBS has announced it has secured the American format rights to Love Island, an international hit which is a bit of a cross between Big Brother and Temptation Island, as well as Bachelor in Paradise.
Love Island's American edition will be produced by ITV Entertainment, which is an American sister company to ITV Studios, the production company behind Love Island's original British edition.
Love Island features a group of single "Islanders" coming together in a beautiful villa located in a tropical destination. On the lookout for romance, the singles must choose partners wisely all the while attempting to win the heart of home viewers.
Challenges and dramatic twists come about as the Islanders form alliances and relationships are developed in an effort to win the grand prize. In the U.K., the show airs six nights a week.
Home viewers will have the opportunity to shape events on the screen as they watch relationships blossom as well as crown one lucky couple the winners, who will walk away with a cash prize.
Love Island just wrapped its fourth season on British television, and its finale ranked as the most-watched program ever on the ITV2 network on which the show airs.
"Love Island has been a massive success overseas. It's currently seen, or about to premiere in several European countries as well as Australia, and we're thrilled that ITV has partnered with us to bring their most successful show to American television," CBS executive Sharon Vuong said in a statement.
"Having seen the reaction of audiences 'across the pond' and around the world to this most recent season, we expect American viewers will be captivated by this engaging format. Additionally, Love Island is more than a pop sensation; this series has generated compelling 'sociological think pieces' in major publications here and abroad."
ITV America CEO David George, gushed that Love Island "breaks the mold" with its high levels of "viewer interactivity and participation" that influence the content of the show.
"[The format] is extremely addictive," said George.
"It's a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing -- a pretty hard thing to do in today's TV landscape. We're ecstatic the show has found a home at CBS and look forward to working collaboratively to engage its millions of viewers."
In addition to George, the two other executive producers are Adam Sher and David Eilenberg.