Peacock Mounts Pop-Up for Fans to Make Audition Tapes for ‘Love Island USA’ Reality Show

Peacock’s Love Island USA Villa Pop-Up is back and headed to Los Angeles (June 14), Chicago (June 22), and the Jersey Shore (June 29) to give fans a chance to film an audition tape in person for the next season of “Love Island USA.”

Visitors to Peacock’s Love Island USA Villa Pop-Up will have the chance to audition to be on the next season of “Love Island USA,” create their own “hot new bombshell” video, get their make-up done, and show off their “rizz.”

Additionally, guests will have an opportunity to mingle with ex-Islanders from previous “Love Island USA” seasons. 

Within the Pop-Up Villa, Maybelline has partnered with Peacock on a co-branded make-up room where artists will be onsite offering touch-ups with the brand’s newest launches, including Sunkisser Liquid Blush and Bronzer and Firework Mascara.

All participants must be 18 years or older and will be asked to further share details at the pop-up.

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Peacock features more than 198 hours of “Love Island” reality dating show content. Season six of “Love Island USA” joins Peacock’s growing “Love Island” roster which includes seasons four and five, the franchise’s first-ever spinoff “Love Island Games,” the U.K. series “Love Island: All Stars,” and seasons of “Love Island South Africa” and “Love Island Spain.”

Peacock Launching Original U.S. Dating Show Featuring International Soccer Stars May 9

Peacock May 9 is set to bow the original dating show “Love Undercover,” featuring five single international soccer superstars looking for love among 18 single women in Los Angeles.

The soccer players leave their lavish lives behind and take on secret identities to date a select number of women who don’t know of their fame overseas.

The players feature Premier League stars including the U.K’s Jamie O’Hara (36) and Lloyd Jones (27),  Holland’s Ryan Babel (36), as well as Olympic Gold Medalist Marco Fabián (33) and Sebastián Fassi (29), both from Mexico.

“Love Undercover” (Photo by Casey Durkin/Peacock)

The series focuses on the players’ abilities to attract a woman without disclosing their occupations, success and fame, before inviting them back to their home countries and testing their relationships on the global stage.

The series is the latest in the reality relationship show genre that has become popular on streaming platforms, including such shows as “Love Is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “The Ultimatum,” and “Love on the Spectrum” on Netflix, Peacock’s “Love Island,” “Temptation Island” on Apple TV+, “Are You The One?” on Paramount+, and “Bachelor in Paradise” on Hulu.

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Netflix ‘Rhythm + Flow’ Music Competition Show Announces Season Two Judges

Netflix announced that the music competition series “Rhythm + Flow” will feature DJ Khaled, Ludacris and Latto as the season two judges.

The first announced special guest judge is Eminem, who will join the competition’s “battles” round from a surprise location. Additional music moguls and industry icons as well as various twists and challenges will be announced at a later date.

The series is currently in production and slated to premiere later this year.

“Rhythm + Flow” is a hip hop music competition hosted by a panel of industry heavy hitters ready to discover the next generation’s rap star. This season’s competition will feature contestants from all over the country who will see if they have what it takes to take home the grand prize of $250,000.

“We are taking things up a notch with a new cast of global hitmakers in our judges and a new pool of undiscovered artists,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of nonfiction series, said in a statement. “Hip-hop continues to evolve so it’ll be thrilling to see Ludacris, Latto and DJ Khaled mentoring contestants during their journeys, along with legendary guest judges like Eminem providing their own brand of insight and advice. We saw this type of life-changing mentorship play out with past contestants whose musical geniuses reached massive audiences across our global platform.”

“We are so excited to partner with Netflix for the second season of ‘Rhythm + Flow,'” Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon, “Rhythm + Flow” executive producers, said in a statement. “This season features a powerhouse panel of judges, each with a distinct and influential role in hip-hop culture. In this significant moment for the genre, the focus extends beyond the music alone. We’re seeking unconventional voices and authentic stories that peel back layers and invite fans to immerse themselves in the contestants’ world as we spotlight the continually evolving spirit of hip-hop.”

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The winner of “Rhythm & Flow” season one, D Smoke, has since become Grammy and NAACP-nominated. “Rhythm & Flow” has also been adapted in other countries, including France and most recently Italy.

Production companies on the series include Jesse Collins Entertainment, Gaspin Media and Get Lifted Film Co. Executive producers are John Legend, Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Pollack; Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and David Friedman.

Roku Channel Unveils Trailer for Original Series ‘Reptile Royalty,’ Due July 21

The Roku Channel has released the trailer for the first season of its original reality series “Reptile Royalty,” which starts streaming July 21.

In the six-episode season, running the world-renowned Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a neverending adventure for social media sensation Jay Brewer and his team. Viewers will encounter one scale-covered tale after the next, as Brewer cares for more than 600 of the rarest and exotic reptiles on Earth alongside his daughters and fearless fellow animal lovers. Get an all-access pass to the famous zoo, jam-packed with laugh-out-loud adventure and unavoidable chaos.

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Latin American Original Docu-Series ‘The Montaners’ to Debut on Disney+ Nov. 9

The new Latin American original docu-series “The Montaners” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ Nov. 9 with the first five episodes.

“The Montaners” follows the iconic family of the Montaners: Ricardo, Marlene, Mau, Ricky and Evaluna, and their significant others Stefi, Sara and Camilo, which have become a veritable phenomenon on social media and whose father is one of the greatest icons of Latin music. Throughout the episodes, viewers will witness, among other things, the challenges that each family member must face while trying to balance their private lives and professional careers, always in the public eye, as well as the milestones of their musical lives, their struggles and personal conflicts, and the emotions generated by the expansion of the family as new marriages are celebrated.

In both the first five episodes available on Nov. 9 and in the remaining five episodes arriving soon on Disney+, the series reveals the Montaner’s most-intimate moments, providing unrestricted access to their family life and uncovering the behind the scenes of events that gained great notoriety in the press and on social media, such as Ricky and Stefi’s wedding, the birth of Evaluna and Camilo’s son Índigo, and Mau and Sara’s wish to start a family, which was crowned with the conception of Apolo. “The Montaners” also showcases the backstage of the family members’ artistic careers, witnessing moments such as the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The series also accompanies them on family trips to Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Argentina, delves into Ricardo and Marlene’s “empty nest” feelings, and registers birthday parties and other special events revealing the unique way in which the Montaners celebrate family and prioritize shared moments while leading a life of fame as music stars.

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The new 10-episode docu-series features cinematic moments, live musical performances and presents their lifestyles in vérité-style documentary, made with mixed media formats, such as cell phone footage and confessional interviews, making use of Ricardo’s private video and photo archive.

Season Seven of ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Streaming on Paramount+ May 20

The seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” featuring a cast of all former winners for the first time, will start streaming May 20 exclusively on Paramount+ with two new episodes.

In season seven, the cast of all former winners will return to compete for the title “Queen of All Queens” and a cash prize of $200,000.

Internationally, the season will air on Paramount+ in Latin America later this year.

The eight winners returning are Jaida Essence Hall (season 12), Jinkx Monsoon (season five), Monet X Change (“All Stars” four), Raja (season three), Shea Coulee ( “All Stars” five), Trinity the Tuck (“All Stars” four), The Vivienne (season one “RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.” ) and Yvie Oddly (season 11).

The cast of Season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (Photo by Richard Phibbs/Paramount+)

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Additionally, new episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked” will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+.

Netflix Renews ‘Love Is Blind’ for Two More Seasons, Plans More Romance Reality Shows

Netflix is doubling down on unscripted dating shows, adding seasons of “Love Is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “Indian Matchmaking” and “Love on the Spectrum” as well as new shows.

To unveil Netflix’s year-round offering of reality romance shows, stars of “Love Is Blind” and “Too Hot To Handle” teamed up to form the (fake) 2000s-style boy band N-2-LUV and previewed their debut single “Love Has No Offseason” for Nick Lachey, releasing a music video.

“Love is Blind” has been renewed for seasons four and five, which will each feature new singles and new cities. Season two marked five consecutive weeks on Netflix’s global top 10 list for English-language TV series, reaching the top 10 in 54 countries after it premiered on Feb. 11. A new season two installment, “Love Is Blind: After the Altar,” premieres later this year. Season three also premieres this year. In season three, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in Dallas where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with — without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then lay their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony. The 10-part series is hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey.

“The Ultimatum” premieres April 6, followed by an all-queer season coming soon. In the series, six different couples are on the verge of marriage. One partner is ready to get married, but the other isn’t quite as sure. An ultimatum is issued — and in just over eight weeks, they must commit to marriage, or move on. In the meantime, each will choose a new potential partner from one of the other couples, in an opportunity to get a glimpse of two different possible futures. Episodes one through eight premiere April 6 with final episodes April 13. 

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The “Love on the Spectrum” U.S version premieres this year following the success of the Australian series, It’s a docu-reality series following people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.  

“Dated and Related” premieres this year. In the new reality dating series, pairs of siblings will see each other’s love life up close as they search for “the one” together.

“Indian Matchmaking” season two premieres this year, with season three coming soon. In the series, matchmaker Sima Taparia returns to help some familiar faces and new singletons across the globe who have decided that it’s time to put their love lives in the hands of the expert. 
“Jewish Matchmaking” is coming soon. The new series from the producers of “Indian Matchmaking” features singles in the United States and Israel as they turn their dating life over to a top Jewish matchmaker. 

“Too Hot to Handle” season four is coming soon. Viewers will meet a new batch of hellraisers arriving for a sexy vacation where their assignment is to stick to the rules and abstain from any kind of sexual contact (or self-gratification) in order to form meaningful connections and keep prize money.

Another new series, hosted by Nick Lachey, brings together still-single stars from past Netflix reality shows who couple up in hopes of finding the perfect match. Stars will include participants from “Too Hot To Handle,” “Love Is Blind,” “The Circle” and “Selling Tampa,” among others. 

Fans can apply for future seasons of these shows on For more about Netflix reality, they can listen to the new podcast “We Have The Receipts,” hosted by Lauren Speed-Hamilton (“Love Is Blind”) and Chris Burns (“The Betchelor”). 


Discovery+ Announces April Lineup

SVOD service Discovery+ has announced its April lineup.

“Serving the Hamptons,” due April 7, takes viewers into one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world, while showcasing all the drama in the lives of the young restaurant staff at Southampton’s “it” destination for dining, 75 Main, as they hook up, argue and work together.

In “All on the Table,” coming April 20, hopeful restaurateurs deal with the stress and pressure of preparing a preview dinner for potential investors, presenting both the food and the total restaurant experience in hopes of securing funding for their dream venture.

Season five of “The Repair Shop,” due April 9, is about a workshop in the British countryside where broken, battered and beloved artifacts, antiques and curios are brought back to life.

“High Design With Kim Myles,” available April 13, stars HGTV alum, interior designer and self-proclaimed cannabis connoisseur Kim Myles. The series follows Myles, who spent two years working in the cannabis industry, as she transforms marijuana dispensaries from California to Maine that are in need of major makeovers. She also explores cannabis in all its shapes and sizes as she takes field trips to learn how to make cannabis soaps, lotions, sodas, food items and much more. 

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“Curb Your Carbon,” due April 21 and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, features humor, crazy stunts and animations revealing the simple and effective ways we can all help fight climate change in an easy-to-understand way.

Dear Mr. Brody, available April 28, is a documentary about Michael Brody Jr., a 21-year-old hippie-millionaire who decided to give away his fortune to anyone in need. Countless struggling Americans overwhelmed Brody with personal letters responding to his extraordinary offer, making him an instant celebrity in the process.

Man Without a Heart, due April 29, is a documentary thriller that immerses viewers in one of the most enigmatic unsolved cases of the last decade, taking them on a journey through Sweden, Spain and England to explore the death of a Spanish man disguised as an impossible suicide.

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Unraveled: Once a Killer available April 22, is the next installment of the “Unraveled” anthology. Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen investigate the most elusive criminal to ever strike — the “one and done killer.” These mysterious offenders commit a brutal murder without sufficient evidence, never kill again, and disappear back into society for decades, leaving detectives and criminal profilers with an unsolvable case. With a companion podcast releasing in advance of the two-hour special, Unraveled exposes the limitations of criminal profiling and reveals a new investigative technique that could change the way investigators interpret cold cases.

“Radford Builds,” coming April 25 following the premiere of “Radford Returns,” takes viewers on an exclusive deep dive further into this world, delving into the technical and emotional demands of building a supercar. Viewers experience intimate conversations with classic Lotus team members Jenson Button and Clive Chapman, and ride along Jenson’s test drives of Lotus cars both old and new. Chip Foose, an original designer of the Lotus Type 62, gives viewers a master class of the car building craft, showcasing the detailed work of creating a car from foam and clay with master mechanic Ant Anstead. 

“Handcrafted Hotels,” coming April 15, follows hoteliers in cities and towns across the country that uniquely capture the nostalgia, charm and character of their new hometowns. In this season, hotelier Ben Weprin and his team of artists, craftspeople and designers with Graduate Hotels create custom stays that celebrate the university spirit and provide guests with a nostalgic experience.

“Little Big World,” due April 22, places viewers within the scenario of the world in your own backyard. The immersion moves through plants and flowers in the garden, over counter tops and in-between household products and through pipes and various small openings.

‘This Emotional Life,’ ‘Dr. Barry’ Among Titles Available on PBS Living Channel in February

“This Emotional Life” and “Dr. Barry” are among the shows available on the PBS Living Channel in February. 

PBS Living is available on Prime Video and Apple TV channels. The subscription rate is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

Due Feb. 16 is season one of “This Emotional Life.” The series explores ways people can improve social relationships, learn to cope with problems such as depression and anxiety, and become more positive and resilient individuals. Host Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, talks with experts about the latest scientific understanding of human emotions and how we can find support for the issues we all face. Each episode weaves together scientific perspectives with the personal stories of ordinary people, complemented by insight from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, John Leguizamo, Katie Couric and Richard Gere, among many others.

Available Feb. 8 is season one of “Dr. Barry.” The series follows a big-hearted veterinarian who leaves his job at a corporate vet office to start his own practice helping animals in need. Dr. Barry and his new team struggle to build his new veterinarian practice in northeastern Canada, while using all the resources and friends he can find to help injured and orphaned animals of all kinds. Each episode tracks the story of a regular patient, a special rescue, or an animal release and looks at one of Dr. Barry’s special projects to help animals at risk.

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Season one of “Wonders of Mexico” starts streaming Feb. 1. In the series, viewers journey through the seasons and discover the diversity of wildlife and a mosaic of vast landscapes in the country. The series explores Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula — home to the Maya and a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars and vibrant tropical birds. Then viewers travel south to discover black bears, fiery volcanoes, exquisite birds and millions of monarch butterflies. Finally, they journey across northern Mexico and witness a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes and bats hunting scorpions to tiny owls living in giant cacti, Mexico’s animals have found clever ways to inhabit Mexico’s landscape and survive against the odds.

Other titles coming to the PBS Living Channel in February include Israel: The Royal Tour, Mexico: The Royal Tour and Trinity: Classically Irish.

HBO Max Orders Cooking Competition Series ‘The Big Brunch’

HBO Max has ordered the unscripted cooking competition series “The Big Brunch” from Dan Levy and Boardwalk Pictures (“Chef’s Table,” “Cheer”). The series is slated to premiere next year.

Created and hosted by Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”), “The Big Brunch” will offer chefs the opportunity share their stories and their business dreams, while also competing for a life altering prize — all while finding innovative and personal ways to redefine what it means to dine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Everybody has a friend, a family member, or a co-worker that is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a leg up so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale,” Levy said in a statement. “Thanks to an almost obsessive love of food, I’ve been lucky enough to come across many of those people in the culinary world — friends working out of cafes or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus at local diners — those special humans who create communities around their cooking, hoping to take their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. That, and who doesn’t want to watch maple syrup being poured slowly over a golden stack of perfectly cooked, creme brûlée inspired French toast?”

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“What we love about this special show is that it serves more than mouth-watering culinary delicacies; it’s about heart, a love of cooking and spotlighting talent whose unique skills elevate the beloved brunch menu,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “There’s no better foodie or creative partner than Dan and the team at Boardwalk Pictures to celebrate those undiscovered voices, and, well, Brunch, the best meal to indulge in decadent sweet and savory dishes that are fueled by cocktails and caffeine.”