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CBS have bought the rights to make an American version of Love Island

Would you watch it?

©ITV Plc Source: Joel Anderson

IF THERE’S ONE thing we all hate, it’s an American adaptation of an existing TV show.

Despite that, American TV network CBS are hoping to take Love Island and make an American version of the show. They were drawn in by the fact that Love Island was watched regularly by almost half of all 16-to-34-year-olds in the UK and Ireland during its 9pm time slot.

CBS have yet to decide on a location, how often the show will be broadcast or when the show will be filmed, but CBS’s senior vice president Sharon Vuong thinks it will be a pretty valuable addition to their schedule.

Love Island is more than a pop sensation. This series has generated compelling sociological think pieces in major publications here and abroad.

CEO of ITV America David George said:

As a format, Love Island breaks the mould with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that’s extremely addictive. It’s a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing – a pretty hard thing to do in today’s TV landscape.

The United States isn’t the only country who have secured a spin-off. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany have joined Australia in the list of nations launching their own local versions. It’s only a matter of time before TV3 announce that the Tallafornia cast are coming back to star in an Irish version.

It’s safe to say that the American version will definitely make for some very different viewing. There certainly won’t be a Do Bits Society or any mugging off.

Would you tune in to an American version of Love Island?

Poll Results:

No. The UK version is the best. (101)
Yeah, why not? (91)
No way, I don't even watch the UK version. (66)

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