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Love Island season 2 will start months earlier, and add a weekly recap show

Love Island season 2 will start months earlier, and add a weekly recap show

An ad during the Grammys said that Love Island season 2 would be coming to CBS “this spring,” and now we know an actual date, and it’s coming in May—technically spring, but really more like the time when summer reality shows begin.

Yes, Love Island will arrive a lot earlier than season one, and it will also have one more episode per week, thanks to the addition of a recap show on Saturday nights.

Love Island season 2’s start bridging CBS’s spring and summer reality shows (Survivor and Big Brother), and its start date will be May 21, the day after Survivor: Winners at War’s finale. It’ll have a two-hour premiere.

Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman at a CBS event in 2019
Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman at a CBS event in 2019. (Photo by Greg Gayne/CBS)

The show is staying at 8 p.m., airing weekdays and Saturday nights, with one-hour episodes.

Both host Arielle Vandenberg and incredible narrator Matthew Hoffman are returning, but CBS did not say who would host the Saturday recap episodes (presumably, that’d be Arielle, since the host of Love Island doesn’t have a whole lot of other things to do).

CBS is currently casting for islanders, and the casting application says the show will last “for approximately 6-8 consecutive weeks.”

If the season ended after six weeks, that’d be the end of June/first week in July, which around when Big Brother traditionally starts, though it’s possible the two shows will overlap some.

The entire season will likely be over before mid-July, which is when season one premiered.

Applications are being accepted through March 20 for people who are “warm, honest, open, genuinely looking for love, and over the age of 18,” according to the application.

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