Temptation Island didn’t have a very long run on FOX (three seasons), but it’s arguably one of the most iconic (and controversial) reality shows ever. It featured several couples agreeing to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of their relationships. Given how trashy reality television has evolved over the years, Temptation Island doesn’t seem nearly as scandalous now as it did back in 2003.
USA Network is reviving the series for a new 10-episode season. Original host Mark L. Walberg will return to preside over the naughty shenanigans once again. The new iteration will ship four couples to Maui, Hawaii where they join 24 eligible men and women. “There, they will live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship,” according to Deadline.
“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,” said David Goldberg, CEO, Banijay Studios North America. “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. 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.”
Did you ever watch the original FOX series? Will you check out the revival? Watch a couple of promos from the first season below.