‘Love Island’ Season 2 to Film in Las Vegas, According to Report
Love Island is headed to Las Vegas. The delayed second season of the CBS reality show is back on in a new location. The show is set to start filming in the near future, according to a report from Vulture.
Season 2 of the dating show — which features a group of sexy singles living on an isolated island — was originally supposed to premiere May 21. But that was pushed back due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
‘Love Island’ in Sin City
The next season of Love Island is currently in preproduction in Las Vegas. Filming will take place at the Cromwell, a boutique hotel on the strip, sources told Vulture. Though CBS and ITV didn’t comment on the status of the show, it sounds as if both cast and crew will be quarantined before production begins and that crew members will work in “pods” to limit the number of people with whom they interact.
Love Island Season 1 took place in Fiji. But that country — along with many others — has imposed travel restrictions that would likely make filming a TV show there difficult. Las Vegas, on the other hand, is within driving distance of Los Angeles.
The Cromwell, which is currently closed to guests, is a 188-room hotel with a “Parisian-inspired atmosphere,” according to its website. It’s also home to Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub, which offers “panoramic partying on The Cromwell’s rooftop.”
When will new episodes of ‘Love Island’ air?
There’s no word yet on when we might expect new episodes of Love Island. But it doesn’t take long to get the show up-and-running, which means a new season might be on the air in September or October, Vulture speculated.
“Once the switch is turned on, we can get it to air very quickly,” ITV America CEO David George told Deadline in March. “As of right now, we’re not particularly worried, because it’s quick turn, it makes sense. We’re trying to get it as ready as possible so when [CBS] says ‘go’, we’re ready, location-wise, build outs, casting.”
The original ‘Love Island’ is still on hold
While production on the American version of Love Island seems to be moving forward, that’s not the case for the wildly popular U.K. show. Season 7 of that show has been put off until 2021, when producers hope it will be safe to resume production on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
“We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,” Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said in a statement. “In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question.”
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