As part of a showcase of upcoming programming announced on Wednesday night, TVNZ revealed the return of Celebrity Treasure Island to TVNZ2.
TVNZ’s head of content Cate Slater said it felt like the right time to bring the show back.
“It was a huge hit when it was on our screens previously, but it’s had a good rest and I think we’re ready to see some of our celebrities marooned on a desert island again.”
No announcements have been made as yet on who would host or appear as one of the 16 celebrities on the show, or where it would be set (Fiji and Tonga have been previous locations), Slater did say that it was being made by the same production team that worked on the original, groundbreaking Treasure Island franchise.
“You’ll remember that it was really the original desert island series. It first screened before Survivor or I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here were thought up.”
The revamp of Celebrity Treasure Island does mean bad news for Survivor NZ fans. That show is “being rested” for 2019. However, Slater confirmed Heartbreak Island will be back for a second season, but without one of it’s hosts, Matilda Rice, who had scheduling conflicts.