Talpa’s Million Dollar Island is coming to Seven and 7plus in 2023
It’s the world’s most exciting new show and now it is coming to Australia, with the Seven Network today announcing it has commissioned a local production of Million Dollar Island .
A revolutionary new social experiment, Million Dollar Island is being rolled out globally by John de Mol’s Talpa.
The Australian version of Million Dollar Island will debut on Channel 7 and 7plus in 2023, produced by award-winning Eureka Productions, the maker of some of the world’s biggest entertainment shows, including Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife .
The Million Dollar Island format was co-developed by John de Mol, the creative genius behind Big Brother and The Voice, together with Wim van Dam and Jourik van der Vorst. It launched in the Netherlands in early March, produced by Mr De Mol’s Talpa, and has scored impressive ratings.
Studio Lambert, whose credits includes Gogglebox and The Circle , is producing US and UK editions of Million Dollar Island . NBC has commissioned the series for the US market. The show has also been sold to the Middle East.
Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Angus Ross, said: “John de Mol has developed some of the most original, successful and impactful formats in television history. The game play, strategy, emotion and drama – set in a beautiful, remote location – will make Million Dollar Island one of the must-watch TV shows of 2023.”
Eureka Productions Co-CEO, Paul Franklin, said: “ Million Dollar Island is event television at its best. Playing out in a stunningly exotic setting, this will be an unmissable series packed with intrigue, secret alliances, and incredibly high stakes. We’re thrilled to be bringing such an exciting show to Seven’s viewers.”
CEO at Talpa Entertainment Holding, Maarten Meijs, added: “ Million Dollar Island ’s lightning pace into the big territories is a testament to its hybrid capacity to strengthen both linear and streaming platforms in the quickly changing media landscape. We’re thrilled to be working with Eureka and Seven on this next generation social experiment.”
Million Dollar Island is a ground-breaking concept in which 100 people try to stay on a remote desert island, vying for a chance to win $1 million. But surviving the harsh conditions with limited means isn’t the only challenge.
Each contestant starts the adventure with a bracelet worth $10,000. While they are on the island,
contestants can gain and lose bracelets by competing in various games. They can also receive bracelets from other contestants. When someone gives up and decides to leave the island, they must give their bracelet(s) to a contestant who stays behind.
Alliances mean everything. Friendships are worth a fortune. Some contestants will become richer by winning games and inheriting bracelets, while those who lose and fail to collect new bracelets must eventually go home.
By the last day, only a few contestants are left on the island. In a thrilling finale, they will each get their chance to cash in their bracelets during an exciting test of nerves. However, they can also lose everything at the last minute.
Casting has commenced and producers are calling for contributors to take part. Applications are now open at www.milliondollarisland.com.au
Million Dollar Island is a format created by Talpa Concepts together with Monday Media and distributed by Talpa Distribution.
So if I’m understanding the format right, it’s basically Survivor but with 100 people and bracelets worth money as rewards for winning challenges. I really don’t know if this will be any good.
YAWN. That’s all I really have to say about this.
It sometimes does truly feel like there are no original ideas anymore. This is just a mash of different reality formats and as such I expect it will be a dogs breakfast.
Seems like there are several similarities to the MTV show Stranded with a Million Dollars.
So basically Survivor with 100 contestants? Way too many contestants to keep up with. Sounds awful.
And if they do actually plan on airing this at the same time as MAFS, it can only damage Survivor as it doesn’t sound interesting enough to be the alternative to stop the juggernaut that is MAFS.
Pretty much. Every new format these days is a derivative version of something that’s existed before. Even shows like The Challenge and The Traitors on 10 are inspired by Survivor and The Mole in some ways.
Though I suppose you can only go so far with innovating reality formats before it repeats itself.
Perhaps a signal to 10 that it should not show the next season of Survivor in February 2023.
100 people is way too many. Also Goodluck for the costs for this show.
What are the ratings like overseas?
The original version of the show only premiered in The Netherlands last month and has been a flop. 2 weeks ago the show only had just over 500k watching.
Just saw a promo looking for entrants.
Milliondollarisland.com.au was advertised
Another “social experiment”.
Ant Middleton to host TV’s most exciting new show
The Seven Network today announced that Ant Middleton will host the Australian version of the world’s most exciting new format, Million Dollar Island , a revolutionary social experiment coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2023.
Best known as the Chief Instructor on Seven’s TV Week Logie Awards-nominated hit series SAS Australia , Ant is a much-loved master of extreme adventure with a positive mindset on and off the screen, spurred by his career in the UK’s elite special forces, including the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron and Special Boat Service.
Ant Middleton said: “ Million Dollar Island is must-see event television. Think The Hunger Games meets Lost … but not quite as brutal.
“This is a high-stakes challenge for regular, everyday Aussies. Literally anyone can apply. You don’t have to be the fittest or the strongest person to win big. Emotional intelligence and self-belief are key here. I can’t wait to see what the Aussie contestants have got, how well they know themselves and how far they’ll go to change their lives.”
Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Angus Ross, said: “Ant is the perfect choice to host Million Dollar Island . He is smart, tough and a brilliant strategist, qualities that will be invaluable as he immerses himself in the game play in what promises to be the most engaging and fascinating new series Australia has seen in a long time.”
Million Dollar Island is a ground-breaking concept in which 100 ordinary people try to stay on a remote island, vying for a chance to win $1 million – the biggest prize money on Australian TV. But braving the harsh conditions with limited means isn’t the only challenge on an island full of mystery and surprise, hardships and rewards.
Each contestant starts the adventure with a wristband worth $10,000. While they are on the island, contestants can gain and lose wristbands by competing in various games. They can also receive wristbands from other contestants. When someone gives up and decides to leave the island, they must give their wristband(s) to a contestant who stays behind.
Alliances mean everything. Friendships are worth a fortune. Some contestants will become richer by winning games and inheriting wristbands, while those who lose and fail to collect new wristbands must eventually go home.
In the end, a nail-biting final game helps determine who walks away with a life-changing prize.
Million Dollar Island is now casting everyday Aussies from all walks of life. If you’re ready to change your life, apply now at www.milliondollarisland.com.au
Million Dollar Island is a format created by Talpa Concepts together with Monday Media and distributed by Talpa Distribution. The series is produced by Eureka Productions.
Oh for goodness sake
NBC have now dropped the US version before it even began.
Baffling how it sold around the world before even one series aired.