Fox has announced it has ordered a new revival of Paradise Hotel, the reality competition that aired on the broadcast network in 2003 and featured contestants competing for an "Ultimate Reward" mystery prize which turned out to be $500,000.
The move makes Paradise Hotel the second long-canceled Fox reality series to be resurrected for a revival in the last few months. In November, USA Network announced it is reviving Temptation Island -- which aired three seasons on Fox between 2001-2003 -- with a new edition that will premiere on the network next week.
A soapy, Big Brother-like reality series, Paradise Hotel aired a 32-episode, twice-a-week run on Fox during Summer 2003. (Click here to read Reality TV World's extensive coverage of the original edition.)
Paradise Hotel's new revival will reportedly follow a similar format as the original show, which featured singles of the opposite sex living, playing and hooking-up with one another in an exclusive resort in a tropical location (the original took place at a resort in Acapulco, Mexico).
Each week, the pairings changed and the housemates evicted one of their fellow contestants and a new person joined the cast as a replacement.
In a new twist, Fox's new Paradise Hotelrevival will allow viewers to play along at home and use social media to try and influence what happens on screen -- including helping to decide who stays and who goes.
"Paradise Hotel was a show ahead of its time, and this incredible team of producers plan to take it to the next level," Fox reality programming chief Rob Wade said.
"The format allows for a delicious mix of love, drama and humor with a uniquely FOX twist. By using fresh interactive elements, it enables fans to orchestrate the show's narrative, making it can't-miss television for a new generation of viewers."
SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Productions production company will produce the new Paradise Hotel edition, which Fox is billing as a "reinvention."
495 Productions' prior credits include A Shot at Love, Dance Your Ass Off, Ex Isle, Floribama Shore, Jersey Shore, More to Love, Party Down South, and numerous other reality shows.
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"When love, power and money are the stakes, doing the right thing can sometimes take a back seat. Guessing who will do what's right to find 'the one,' while others are focusing on the jackpot, makes this super exciting," said Salsano.
"This time around, viewers using their social media feedback to influence what happens on screen is a game-changer and will keep us all on edge."
In addition to Salsano, the Paradise Hotel revival will also be executive produced by Becca Walker and Celia Taylor of Mentorn Media, the production company that created Paradise Hotel and produced the original version.
"To re-create, re-imagine and re-open the doors to Paradise Hotel again for a new generation is incredibly exciting," added Taylor. "It remains a format ahead of its time that works perfectly in our digital world."
In 2003, Paradise Hotel's strong summer ratings performance resulted in Fox executives all but formally announcing their intentions to air a Summer 2004 edition of Paradise Hotel.
However, rather than actually doing so, they instead decided to attempt to capitalize on the format's popularity by leveraging it into a new "never-ending" year-round Forever Eden reality series that flopped and was canceled only seven episodes after its Spring 2005 launch.
Fox then contemplated bringing the original Paradise Hotel format back for another run for Summer 2005, but eventually decided against it.
A couple of years later, Fox decided to revive Paradise Hotel for dual broadcast on MyNetworkTV, the then-new broadcast network Fox had launched after 2006's surprise The CW network launch left many former The WB and UPN affiliates (including nearly a dozen Fox-owned stations) without a network affiliation, and Fox Reality, a short-lived cable and satellite TV network Fox had launched in 2005.