‘FBoy Island’: Why a Former ‘Bachelor’ Producer Created the Antithesis of the ABC Dating Show

Elan Gale, a producing alum on The BachelorThe Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, has done it again. Gale has found a way to make reality TV fresh and fun with his latest series FBoy Island. Find out what inspired him to create the HBO Max series FBoy Island

CJ Franco, Sarah Emig, Nakia Renee, Nikki Glaser from HBO Max's 'FBoy Island'
CJ Franco, Sarah Emig, Nakia Renee, Nikki Glaser | HBO Max

‘FBoy Island’ is ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ meets your favorite game show 

FBoy Island isn’t your typical dating series. Sure, 24 hopeful guys are looking for love with three beautiful women on Cayman Island. Twelve of them are self-proclaimed “nice guys.” The other 12 are proud to call themselves “FBoys.” 

But winning the heart of either CJ Franco, Sarah Emig, or Nakia Renee isn’t the only prize at stake. There’s also $100,000 on the line. And any of the men or three women can take that money home in the end.

‘FBoy Island’ is inspired by modern dating, according to Elan Gale

Gale is a reality TV genius whose experience working in Bachelor Nation has lent itself to creating FBoy Island. But where did the idea for the dating competition series originate? 

“One thing I kept noticing in my day-to-day life is people kept referring to people they went on dates with as f—boys,” Gale told Salon. Having heard the term “f—boy” so frequently, Gale started to wonder if there was a dating show out there reflective of that part of dating culture. 

Garratt Powers from 'FBoy Island' Season 1
Garratt Powers | HBO Max

When he noticed no one was “opening up that door” to swipe/ghosting culture, Gale seized the opportunity. He created FBoy Island to showcase the way people “talk behind closed doors about the ‘FBoys’ that ghost them.”

‘FBoy Island’ flips the script on reality dating shows

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are reality shows that tend to feature leads who appear to be really great people. Sometimes that’s not the case. But generally, ABC wants their singles to be of role-model caliber. 

“On dating shows, the leads are presented with a number of people and they’re all really great,” Gale explains. FBoy Island flips that concept on it’s head by celebrating the good guys and the villains. 

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“For those of us who have dated, we know the dating pool is usually like,” Gale continues. Some people are great; some are not. 

“That’s a reality we all know — we’ve all experienced that one way or another,” he adds. This all-too-relatable reality is the perfect backdrop for a dating show; one that highlights what people are experiencing in the dating world right now. 

‘FBoy Island’s $100,000 prize gives the show an edge over ‘The Bachelor’ 

Unlike the shows in Bachelor Nation, where the prize at the end is an engagement, FBoy Island throws another curveball into the mix. While the contestants can choose love in the end, they also have an opportunity to take home $100,000. 

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette strive to case people who are “there for the right reasons.” But FBoy Island incorporates people who might be more interested in playing the game and winning the money. And that makes the show that much more compelling. 

FBoy Island will make viewers question everything and trust no one. As Gale put it: “You meet people, everyone puts their best foot forward, and they think, ‘Is this person really into me, or is this person just a f—boy?'”