TBS’ Real Gilligan’s Island debuts tonight.

TBS’ Real Gilligan’s Island debuts tonight.
Fourteen clones of the original seven Gilligan’s Island cast members will be stranded on an island as TBS debuts The Real Gilligan’s Island tonight with a two-hour episode that starts at 8 p.m. ET. They’ll compete against their counterpart for a place in the final cast, which will then apparently try to get off the island, only to be thwarted by increasingly ridiculous plot twists. Or not. Further illustrating the incestuous cesspool that is reality TV casting, one of the Mary Anns, Kate Koth, is the daughter of Survivor Amazon‘s Janet, according to Gannett. Gilligan’s Island creator Sherwood Schwartz helped produce the reality version of his series along with reality veteran Mike Fleiss. He tells Gannett that he thought of the reality series when he “started to think, ‘Wait a minute, what if we did a (reality) show where they all worked together?'” instead of competing, like on Survivor. Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly that this series will offer a lot more skin: “When I did the original show, you were not allowed to show a belly button. You were not allowed to show too much cleavage.” Conservative groups are undoubtedly already preparing form letters they’ll flood the FCC with in the event a belly button is shown on the new series.
+ also: AdAge says the show “features extensive brand integration deals.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.