The second season of the CBS dating series “Love Island” will begin Monday evening with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m., three months later than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of a tropical island setting, the season will be shot in Las Vegas, sequestered in a “bubble” at Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel, The Cromwell.
“The COVID protocols are so important to us,” said executive producer Ben Thursby-Palmer. “We’ve done all of that behind-the-scenes stuff so that the show doesn’t actually get infected. The show itself is still the same.”
All Las Vegas staff and crew working on the production and all cast participating will be within quarantined “bubbles.” They underwent isolation before production began and were tested prior to beginning work.
The cast was tested prior to their participation and will all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms. Crew and staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment and work in pods to enhance social distancing.
Stringent and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in filming and production areas will be in place, according to CBS. In addition, COVID-19 compliance officers will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.
On “Love Island,” singles, dubbed “Islanders,” seek a partner. Every few days, the Islanders must couple-up, with those failing to find a partner risking being dumped from the island.
New Islanders arrive during the series. Viewers will have more opportunities than last season to shape events on screen as they watch the relationships develop, and ultimately choose one couple as the winners, who will receive $100,000.
Changes from the first season include a second villa, Casa Amor, where new Islanders will attempt to bring a coupled-up islander, and a secret jacuzzi where Islanders can sneak off to for special occasions with none of the other Islanders looking.
“Love Island” will air nightly at 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday. A two-hour episode will air each Saturday at 8 p.m. featuring the best moments of the week, exclusive interviews and previously unseen footage.
The season will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service.
“Love Island” will be preempted Wednesday because of the Republican National Convention and Sept. 16 for the Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Love Island” expanded CBS’ summer audience in 2019, reaching a much younger and more female demographic, according to the network. It was also the most-streamed new show on CBS All Access, and on CBS.com in more than a year, and a continually trending social media topic following each night’s broadcast.
The second-season premiere was originally scheduled for May 21.