We are almost 6 months into the coronavirus pandemic. While social distancing at home, you may have already binge watched everything on your streaming service of choice – and there is not an influx of new content coming in due to many television shows and movies halting production or post posting premiere dates.
But, if you’re a fan of melodramatic reality TV dating shows, you’re in luck.
The popular reality dating series Love Island USA is slated to premiere tonight, and it will be set in a location that will be all-too familiar to Vegas News readers.
The new cast of ~young sexy singles~ searching for love and hoping to win the cash prize will be sequestered in a ritzy villa at the top of the Vegas strip’s temporarily closed boutique hotel & casino The Cromwell.
The villa is set at Drai’s night/day club multi-level rooftop. It has been completely transformed for the reality show, the space will feature all of the classic Love Island amenities: a communal bedroom, outdoor gym, hideaways, a fire pit, jacuzzi, pool, and sundeck.
In true Vegas fashion, the location will also feature brand new amenities such as an outdoor shower that looks over Caesars Palace, a private cabana with its own pool, a secret jacuzzi, a “gossip bar”, dressing rooms, and over 27,000 feet of fairy lights.
“We’re thrilled that ITV2 can bring the latest US version of Love Island to viewers this year. Las Vegas may seem like an odd destination for the show but the producers have beaten Covid with a show that adheres to all production protocols and that could well be sensational,” said Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions.
“Certainly the ‘villa’ is impressive and the cast is diverse and amazing. We believe Love Island fans will embrace this Sin City twist, my bet is the series will be another big hit.”
Similar to the bubbles created by NHL, NBA, and MLB, strict quarantine measures have been set in place. The cast of ‘islanders’ were required to quarantine prior to production, and were tested for COVID-19 before entering the villa. Daily screenings for symptoms and regular testing will take place throughout the season.
With these rules set in place, production hopes the cast will feel comfortable being in close quarters and partake in the usual shenanigans that make for reality TV gold, such sharing beds, or letting loose in the hot tub.
The crew and staff are required to wear PPE and will work in their own designated areas to ensure social distancing, and areas will be cleaned and disinfected throughout filming. COVID-19 compliance officers will be on-site to ensure safety protocols are followed.
“The health and safety of everyone involved in Love Island is the highest priority. We’ve done everything we can to make sure the Islanders are safe and have the best summer of their lives and viewers can have a great summer living through them,” executive producers Jessica Castro and Ben Thursby-Palmer told TV Guide.
Love Island USA is a reality dating show spinoff based on the popular British series of the same name. The first season of the American instalment premiered in July 2019. Due to its popularity, it was renewed for a second season shortly after.
The series follows a group of single Islanders gathered together in a tropical villa who must find a partner to pair off with to stay on the island, at the end, one couple wins a large cash prize.
Season two was originally slated to be set overseas in the tropical island of Fiji, filming was postponed due to coronavirus. But producers would not let a silly little thing such as a global pandemic get in the way of bringing the people they wanted.
The two-hour premiere will be available on CBS and CBS All Access. Season 2 is slated to air seven nights a week.