Thursday, August 9, 2018

As ITV sells the rights to CBS for an American version of its British reality show, Love Island, how long before M-Net announces a possible South African version?

The British broadcaster has sold the rights to CBS for an American version of its low-brow realitrash series Love Island, raising questions as to when M-Net (DStv 101) might announce a new for a possible Love Island South Africa version.

M-Net in June added the latest season of the lusty Brit bed-hopping reality show with the tawdry telly-trash that in terms of quality and content, doesn't really belong on MultiChoice's most premium pay-TV channel.

Was the broadcast of the 4th season of Love Island on M-Net a possible TV try-out to see whether the show - more akin to Geordie Shore and Spring Break with Grandad and more suited for VUZU (DStv 116) or MTV (DStv 130) - would work for the channel?

Now, after Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham - those rarest of basically Brit-pure examples since they proudly didn't "do bits" while in the villa - won the season, America's CBS network announced that it will be making its own version of Love Island.

ITV on Wednesday said that it sold the ITV Studios format rights to CBS for an American version of Love Island. Localised Love Island versions already exist in Germany and Australia.

The Washington Post described the British version of Love Island as "a TV dating show that manages to be trashy, yet a tad classy".

All global versions of Love Island are produced by local producers of ITV's in-house production company.