‘Love Island’ returns to CTV with a quarantine edition

What happens in quarantine won’t stay in quarantine when the American version of “Love Island” returns to TV screens on Aug. 24.

The reality show, which normally features attractive men and women pairing off on a tropical island, will instead follow a cast of singles sequestered in a “bubble” at the Cromwell, a Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas.

The cast won’t be announced till closer to the premiere, but Arielle Vandenberg returns as host and Matthew Hoffman as narrator.

The series originated in Britain and has been wildly popular there, but also controversial due to the suicides of two former contestants and of U.K. host Caroline Flack.

It is not a straightforward dating show. Cast members who don’t pair up risk being sent home, but even couples can be banished if they don’t get enough votes from viewers. New cast members are added regularly to tempt the attached contestants, who can be sent on dates with other people, all in the service of TV drama.

The first season of “Love Island” was not a ratings hit for U.S. network CBS, hovering around two million viewers per episode. Nonetheless, we’re getting five episodes a week when Season 2 debuts: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 p.m. on CTV.

TORONTO STAR