U.S. commercial broadcaster CBS has ordered a second season of the American version of romantic reality series Love Island, currently airing its first season on the network.
The series follows a group of singles, sent to an island villa together where they seek to pair off into couples. Each week, contestants who fail to pair off risk being voted off the island, to be replaced by newcomers also looking for love. By the end, one couple is crowned winner by the audience and awarded a cash prize.
Love Island has been the most-streamed new show on CBS All Access and CBS.com in over a year, bringing in more young and female audiences.
The second season will bow next summer.
The series is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company, for CBS. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Simon Thomas, Mandy Morris, Ben Thursby, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster serve as executive producers. The series is based on the original British format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
“The passion of Love Island‘s audience is incredible,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl who announced the new season with senior EVP of programming Thom Sherman at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier today (Aug. 1).
“The intensity of their social media engagement has created tremendous enthusiasm for the series here at the network. We love the show’s creative execution and can’t wait for next season,” added Sherman. “After its first season, the UK version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year. We believe first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer.”
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