Where ‘Love Is­land’ came from

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOBBIN

Q: I un­der­stand that “Love Is­land” is based on a Bri­tish show. How long has that se­ries been on the air? – Elaine Smith, via e-mail

A: The orig­i­nal pro­gram – whose Arielle Van­den­berg-hosted U.S. ver­sion did a lot to boost the younger de­mo­graph­ics of CBS view­er­ship over its month-long, al­most-ev­ery-night sum­mer run – started in Eng­land in 2005 and ini­tially ran for two seasons, an in­ter­est­ing twist be­ing that celebri­ties were the par­tic­i­pants rather than ev­ery­day peo­ple. Most of those play­ers (and yes, we mean that in more than one way) prob­a­bly would be un­known to the Amer­i­can mar­ket, but one was ac­tress-model Nikki Zier­ing, the ex-wife of “Bev­erly Hills, 90210” vet­eran Ian Zier­ing.

“Love Is­land” then re­turned to Bri­tish tele­vi­sion in 2015, but not celebrity-driven – and it’s been on ev­ery sum­mer since then, in­clud­ing this one. Af­ter last year saw en­hanced con­tro­versy with the sui­cide deaths of a cou­ple of ear­lier par­tic­i­pants, and the pro­duc­ers promis­ing coun­sel­ing ser­vices for the “Is­lan­ders” go­ing for­ward, the over­seas show’s fifth-sea­son pre­miere this past June had record-break­ing num­bers for the net­work ITV2.

Q: What is Ka­ley Cuoco go­ing to do, now that “The Big Bang The­ory” is over? – Gary Crane, Al­bu­querque, N.M.

A: Ac­tu­ally, she’s go­ing to be pretty busy with a num­ber of projects. She’s an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and voice-cast mem­ber of DC Uni­verse’s up­com­ing an­i­mated se­ries “Harley Quinn”; and she’s de­vel­op­ing ideas for her new pro­duc­tion com­pany (named Yes, Nor­man ... af­ter her dog), in­clud­ing “The Flight At­ten­dant,” an adap­ta­tion of a novel in which she’ll star for the forth­com­ing stream­ing ser­vice HBO Max. Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion, which made “The Big Bang The­ory,” has a first-look deal for her com­pany’s prod­uct. Send ques­tions of gen­eral in­ter­est via email to [email protected]­cenote.com. Writ­ers must in­clude their names, cities and states. Per­sonal replies can­not be sent.

Arielle Van­den­berg

Ka­ley Cuoco

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