Britain’s ITV will return to Love Island for 2021, after cancelling its 2020 season due to COVID.
The series is a juggernaut in the UK, which has kept the brand alive by screening the Australian production hosted by Sophie Monk.
But the UK series is also a huge drawcard for 9Now where Nine can sell targeted advertising to younger viewers.
Media reports suggest the island of Jersey has been identified as a back-up for the Love Island’s traditional home in Mallorca -the last season was filmed in South Africa.
Meanwhile the Australian series of Love Island is also due later this year after skipping 2020 and tipped to shoot on the Gold Coast.
In January programmer Hamish Turner told TV Tonight, “It won’t be overseas, that’s for sure,” he insists. “We’re just working through whether Sophie comes back or not. It really depends on Beauty & the Geek and whether she can do both. She’s still an option.”