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Love Island dumps CBS, couples up with Peacock, and gets spicier

Love Island dumps CBS, couples up with Peacock, and gets spicier
Korey Gandy strips on Love Island season 3, with Shannon St. Clair in the foreground and Cashay Proudfoot in the background (Photo by Sara Mally/CBS)

After three seasons, Love Island has decided to dump CBS and will instead couple up with Peacock, which has ordered two seasons of the reality competition, the first of which will premiere this summer.

There are some changes coming to the show.

Love Island, CBS

Peacock’s announcement referenced “a highly competitive situation,” and The Hollywood Reporter’s Rick Porter reports that “CBS broached scaling back the number of hours in a fourth season of Love Island. ITV balked at that idea and took the show back to the market, where Peacock outbid several other outlets.”

In the press release, ITV America CEO David George called that “an unprecedented deal for an unscripted brand.”

He added that Peacock and NBCUniversal have a “strategy to grow the show, utilizing the greater NBCU television portfolio and other platforms to help propel the series. That dedication, coupled with a two-season commitment on Peacock, sealed the deal.”

Peacock did not say if Love Island will be free to watch, or behind its paywall.

Love Island season 4 will get ‘steamier’

Love Island's Islanders run in slow motion on the beach
“Ooh! Slow motion running!” (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/CBS Entertainment)

CBS’s three seasons of Love Island all filmed in different places: Fiji, Las Vegas, and the same Hawaiian villa that an MTV show used.

For its fourth U.S. season, Love Island will move again: The new seasons will be filmed in California, and the first will premiere this summer, with Love Island’s usual “multiple episodes debuting weekly in real time,” as Peacock said.

Its format will remain basically the same, though Peacock is promising “more than 80 episodes” across two seasons, which means about 40 episodes per season—more than CBS (which had 22 the first season, 34 in the second, and 29 during season three).

As a broadcast network, CBS was limited to what it can show, but Peacock suggests that its version will be spicier, literally, with “naughtier games and steamier challenges.”

Peacock EVP Jenny Groom said in the press release that Love Island

…is primed for a streaming service like Peacock where we can push boundaries and bring viewers steamy and dramatic twists. The series took pop culture by storm after the UK format found fans across the world, and we are thrilled to be able to bring an all-new version to Peacock this summer anchoring our unscripted slate.

It’s unclear if current narrator Matthew Hoffman (who I contend is the best part of the show) or host Arielle Vandenberg (who was rarely used) will be part of Peacock’s version.

CBS’s version was produced by ITV, which is also producing Peacock’s version.

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Thursday 24th of February 2022

If I was Peacock Matthew Huffman being included would be part of the agreement. The show isn't the same without him.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

CBS was never the right fit for this show. It needs to be steamy and sometimes controversial. I don't know if it will get there via Peacock. My hope is that they will see enough value in it to put it on NBC as well.

I do think with all the iterations of this show, they need to mix it up a bit. It seems like every recent season of US and UK follows the exact same predictable pattern. Don't get me wrong, I love Casa Amor, but I think they could mix it up by adding some truly thrilling dates, some different "games" (maybe even replace those with something better), and overall make it less of a fill-in-the-blank structure. (By fill-in-the-blank, I mean that they just do the same stuff year after year.)


Monday 28th of February 2022

@JF, If you want steamy and controversial you should probably hope the shoe sticks to streaming only (peacock) versus having to also cater to a primetime cable network (NBC)