12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Temptation Island' Reboot a Go at USA Network
USA Network is going back to Temptation Island.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for a reboot of the controversial dating series. Original host Mark L. Walberg will return for the revival, which is set to launch Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Temptation Island will follow couples at a time when they are forced to decide if they're ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives or split. The couples will travel to Maui, where they will join 24 eligible men and women and live the "single life" in a test designed to answer challenging questions about their respective relationships.
Temptation Island arrives as USA Network is poised to expand its unscripted footprint after parting ways with Smackdown. The series joins a rapidly growing unscripted slate that also includes Chrisley Knows Best, Growing Up Chrisley, Miz and Mrs and Real Country. (USA Network will remain the weekly destination for WWE's Monday Night Raw.)
Temptation Island hails from Banijay Studios North America's David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Scott Jeffress, who all executive produce the series.
"In a period of revival television, the return of Temptation Island, a show that leapt onto the scene with equal parts ratings bang and media attention, makes all the sense in the world. Temptation Island retains key format elements, but a concerted effort was made to populate the island with singles genuinely looking for love whose personalities are appealing to the four couples who are questioning the long-term viability of their relationships," Banijay CEO Goldberg said Tuesday in a statement. "Temptation Island has never been more relevant because in so many ways it mirrors the way singles and couples navigate today’s myriad of options to connect."
The original Temptation Island ran for three seasons on Fox in the early 2000s. The format was sold globally and aired in multiple territories. The series sparked controversy right off the bat after one of its central couples had children together and were removed. Walberg hosted all three seasons.
"As cable’s No. 1 entertainment network for 12 years and running, USA is home to some of the most-talked about shows on TV,” NBCU Cable entertainment networks president Chris McCumber said. “Our reboot of Temptation Island is sure to spark intrigue, debate and conversation for a whole new generation of viewers.”
The new Temptation Island arrives as CBS recently secured U.S. rights to the similarly themed Love Island, based on the U.K. ratings smash of the same name.
Reboots of scripted and unscripted fare continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets alike look for proven intellectual property in a bid to cut through a cluttered and increasingly competitive space. Other unscripted reboots of late include Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Trading Spaces, Wife Swap and more. Watch a trailer for the original Temptation Island, below.