USA NETWORK TO REBOOT CLASSIC REALITY SERIES "TEMPTATION ISLAND" FOR JANUARY 2019 PREMIERE
-- Original Host Mark L. Walberg Set to Return --
NEW YORK, NY - November 13, 2018 - Today, USA Network announced that it will reboot one of the buzziest reality shows in television history: TEMPTATION ISLAND. The 10-episode series, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on Tuesday, January 15 at 10/9c. Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001, is set to return as host.
TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives -- or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
David Goldberg, CEO, Banijay Studios North America, comments: "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. 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."
"As cable's #1 entertainment network for 12 years and running, USA is home to some of the most-talked about shows on TV," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Our reboot of TEMPTATION ISLAND is sure to spark intrigue, debate and conversation for a whole new generation of viewers."
TEMPTATION ISLAND joins a USA schedule that includes a growing slate of unscripted series including CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST, GROWING UP CHRISLEY, MIZ AND MRS., and new music competition show REAL COUNTRY, featuring Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt - along with USA's award-winning and popular dramas including MR. ROBOT, THE SINNER, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and THE PURGE; and weekly live event programming MONDAY NIGHT RAW and SMACKDOWN LIVE.
TEMPTATION ISLAND is executive produced by Banijay Studios North America's David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard; Scott Jeffress also serves as executive producer.
About USA Network
USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA's award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.
About Banijay Studios North America
Banijay Studios North America launched in April, 2014. David Goldberg, President and CEO, Banijay Studios, N.A. Caroline Baumgard is Chief Creative Officer. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Banijay Studios North America creates original network, syndicated and cable programming and develops successful Banijay formats for the U.S. market, including original series "Child Support" (ABC) and "Wife Swap" (CMT). BSNA is part of Banijay Group, a content creation company with leading production entities in more than a dozen territories, including Banijay Productions France, H2O and Air Productions (France), Cuarzo and DLO Producciones (Spain), Brainpool (Germany), Ambra Multimedia (Italy), Nordisk Film TV (Denmark, Norway, Sweden); Respirator (Denmark), Banijay Finland (Finland), Screentime (Australia, New Zealand) and Bunim/Murray Productions (US). Banijay Group's lead shareholder is LOV Group, the family holding company of Stéphane Courbit, alongside GroupeArnault, Exor, De Agostini and AMS Industries.