The second season of the CBS dating series “Love Island” will begin Aug. 24, three months later than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic, the network announced Wednesday.
Instead of an tropical island setting, the season will be shot in Las Vegas sequestered in a “bubble” at Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel, The Cromwell.
ITV Entertainment which produces “Love Island,” will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19 with the health and safety of everyone involved the highest priority, according to CBS.
All Las Vegas staff and crew working on the production and all cast participating will be within quarantined “bubbles” where they will undergo isolation before production begins and be tested prior to beginning work.
The cast will be tested prior to their participation. They will also all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms. Crew and staff will be required to wear personal protective agreement 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 the network. 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 have the opportunity to shape events on screen as they watch the relationships develop, and ultimately choose one couple as the winners who receive a cash prize.
“Love Island” will air nightly, except for preemptions for the national political conventions and the Academy of County Music Awards, including a two-hour episode each Saturday featuring the best moments of the week, exclusive interviews and previously unseen footage.
“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, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service, and on CBS.com in over a year, and a continually trending social media topic following each night’s broadcast.
The second-season premiere was originally scheduled for May 21.
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