EXCLUSIVE: Is Fox heading back to Temptation Island? I hear that the network is in talks for a pilot order to Couples Retreat, a new reality project that would put couples to the test. Unlike Fox’s controversial Temptation Island, which was trying to break couples whose relationship was not strong enough, Couples Retreat aims at helping couples whose relationships are struggling using an unconventional method: “each agree to go on a fantasy weekend with the opposite-gender partner of a similarly matched couple.” The provocative concept, which likely will draw swinging-couple references, is sure to raise eyebrows. The project, which is now casting, comes from Red Arrow-backed Kinetic Content, run by Chris Coelen, who previously worked on ABC’s Wife Swap.
Under new Fox alternative topper Simon Andreae, the network has been pushing the envelope with provocative social-experiment shows like Couples Retreat and the upcoming series Utopia, in which a group of strangers is isolated from the world in order to build a new society. The big-budget Utopia, created by John de Mol, is in preproduction.