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HBO Max heading to “FBoy Island” for new dating series

HBO Max is set to release its newest reality dating series this summer, FBoy Island, from producer Elan Gale (The Bachelor), with Sam Dean (Love is Blind, HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas) showrunning. Shot ...
June 11, 2021

HBO Max is set to release its newest reality dating series this summer, FBoy Island, from producer Elan Gale (The Bachelor), with Sam Dean (Love is Blind, HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas) showrunning.

Shot earlier this year in the Cayman Islands, the 10-episode social experiment format sees three women travel to a tropical resort with 24 men — 12 “nice guys” and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” all competing for money.

Viewers will watch the women navigate the situation together, ultimately revealing who is a “nice guy,” who is an FBoy, and who the women choose.

Produced by STXalternative, FBody Island is hosted by comedian and podcaster Nikki Glaser (pictured).

The series’ concept was created by Gale, who serves as EP for his TheYearofElan Productions alongside Jason Goldberg for STXalternative, Ben Bitonti, Nikki Glaser and Dean.

“This is an incredibly entertaining dating show full of twists and turns that will leave the audience constantly guessing,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of non-fiction and live-action family for HBO Max said in a release.

In a recent interview with Realscreen, O’Connell delved into HBO Max’s growing unscripted slate.

“We are not afraid to take deep dives into specialized territories,” she said. “In fact, when someone brings us an idea that feels special, like no one’s done that before in this way, we get really excited about that, if we can be the first to try this. We also really support our producers and want them to experiment and encourage them to continue to surprise us.”

The streamer’s other recent commissions have included The Real Magic Mike (w/t), an unscripted competition series from Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, set to debut later this year; a series about creating the first Latin American boy band trained in K-Pop from South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM and Mexico-based Endemol Shine Boomdog; and the revival of Project Greenlight from Issa Rae’s Hoorae.

With files from Jillian Morgan

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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