CBS has delivered Love Island a Valentine’s Day message – moving the second season of the reality series to May and giving it a new weekly recap episode for its second season.
The show, which is based on the British reality of the same name, will have its two-hour premiere on CBS on Thursday May 21 at 8pm. The first season began its run in July.
The show will run original episodes five nights a week with an additional weekly recap show on Saturdays. The new Saturday show echoes the ITV2 original [in the UK], which airs never-seen-before clips over an hour.
Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders. The series is produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment.
Love Island is moving from Fiji to Las Vegas thanks to COVID-19.
The CBS reality series has reportedly started pre-production at Caesars-owned hotel Cromwell, according to Vulture, which broke the news.
It’s thought that production will likely be up and running in August – meaning that along with Big Brother, CBS could have two of its big reality franchises on air in late summer.
As expected, all of the usual health and safety protocols will be adhered to including testing and social distancing and producers from ITV America’s ITV Entertainment will be making the show out of production pods, similar to how America’s Got Talent did on its return in Simi Valley.
Love Island was originally planned to begin airing on May 21. The first season of the show, which is hosted by Arielle Vandenberg, was filmed in a villa in Fiji.
One of the advantages for the show, which features a group of sexy young single “Islanders” on a lookout for romance brought together in a stunning villa in a beautiful tropical location, is that once given the greenlight, the show can be up and running relatively quickly.
ITV America CEO David George told Deadline in March that each episode of the show is turned around in less than 48 hours. “Once the switch is turned on, we can get it to air very quickly,” he said. “We’re trying to get it as ready as possible so when [CBS] says ‘go’, we’re ready, location-wise, build outs, casting.”
CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told Deadline in May that he was “optimistic” that Love Island and Big Brother would air this summer. “Those shows turn around pretty quickly, Big Brother has live shows every week and Love Island literally airs the night after it shoots, those shows do not have long post processes,” he said.
The second season of the series will film in Las Vegas, with cast members living and filming in a bubble. CBS' Love Island is headed for Sin City.
The network has set an Aug. 24 premiere date for the second season of the dating show — but instead of a tropical location in the South Pacific, the series will film at a hotel in Las Vegas. Cast members will live and film in a bubble at the Cromwell, a boutique resort owned by Caesars Entertainment.
The official go-ahead for the season comes two weeks after reports that Love Island would shoot in Las Vegas. The series will air nightly — aside from pre-emptions for the political conventions and the previously scheduled ACM Awards on Sept. 16 — with a two-hour recap show on Saturdays. It will also stream live and on demand at CBS All Access.
Love Island will follow another confined reality show, Big Brother, onto CBS' schedule. The latter is set to premiere Wednesday. And like Big Brother, Love Island will follow strict safety protocols during production. All cast, crew and staff members in Las Vegas will live in quarantined bubbles and undergo isolation before filming begins. Everyone will be tested for COVID-19 before beginning work and then regularly throughout the season, with daily screenings for symptoms.
Crew and staff will wear personal protective equipment and work in pods in order to maintain physical distance, and COVID-19 compliance officers will monitor and enforce the safety guidelines.
Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return for season two, with cast members to be announced closer to the premiere date.
Love Island drew relatively modest ratings in its first season in 2019, but the show also attracted a younger, more female audience than CBS typically does. It was also, according to the network, the most streamed new show on CBS All Access and CBS.com in more than a year (though like other media companies, CBS doesn't release digital audience numbers).