EXCLUSIVE | Seven axes TEMPTATION ISLAND before filming even begins
Crew booked on the 2019 version of TEMPTATION ISLAND were left in shock today with news the show has been pulled.
The series, which originally aired on Seven in 2002, was aimed at the same audience as Nine’s Married at First Sight. Executives had hoped to cash in on the success of that program by developing shows of a similar vein but Seven’s first attempt was a dismal failure. The Super Switch was a super flop with episodes dropped before the remainder of the series was bumped to 7Flix.
In May Seven triumphantly sent out a press release talking up the new series of Temptation Island with Matt Apps as Executive Producer.
Seven’s Director of Network Programming Angus Ross said at the time:
“From risque parties to romantic adventures, Temptation Island is the ultimate test of faithfulness.
“It’s a fascinating exploration of the familiar vs the fantasy relationship. Most of us have an ideal mate in mind and Temptation Island actually allows participants to meet that person and compare it with their present relationship. It then asks the question, will they stay or stray?”
Shooting was meant to commence in October for a three week period in Fiji. The location had already been organised after a recce had taken place. TV Blackbox understands budget is being blamed for the sudden cancellation but the adverse reaction to Super Switch is also believed to have been a factor. Network executives are understood to now be wary of shows that tear couples apart.
The network is expected to announce possible replacement shows on Monday.
*Channel 7 has been approached for comment