The Wit List is a bimonthly selection by The Wit of 3 fresh, innovative and entertaining shows from around the world with highest social media buzz, made just for the MIPTV-MIPCOM community. Discover August’s Wit List!
Paradise Hotel, USA, FOX
Pitch: New version of the dating reality format “Paradise Hotel”, aired twice in the US in 2003 and 2008. Each week, three singles vote off one of their fellow residents to make room for a new guest. In a new twist, viewers can play along at home, using social media to try and influence what happens on screen, including helping to decide who stays and who goes.
Social media buzz: According to the Wit Social List, the dating series was the second most commented premiere of the week worldwide, reaching more than 24,300 comments on Twitter. The official Instagram account of the show has gathered 38,000 followers while the official Twitter account has gathered 19,000 followers (as of August 6, 2019).
Premiere: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Distributor(s): Passion Distribution
Format: 12 60-minute or 120-minute episodes
The Spanish Princess, USA, Starz
Pitch: Follow-up to period drama series “The White Princess” and “The White Queen”, based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling books “The Constant Princess” and “The King’s Curse”. The series is the latest chapter in the dynastic saga of Tudor England.
Social media buzz: According to the Wit Social List, the dating series ranked number three in the weekly Instagram Top the week of its launch and has gathered more than 28,000 subscribers since its debut (as of August 6, 2019). 8 additional episodes ordered.
Premiere: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Distributor(s): Lionsgate International Television
Format: 16 (8×2) 60-minute weekly episodes
Love Island, USA, CBS
Pitch: Local adaptation of the format “Love Island” aired in the UK on ITV2 and adapted in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, in which young and glamorous contestants live in a beautiful villa, having fun and flirting. They are in a race against time to couple up, as anyone that stays single will be in danger of leaving the villa and the lucrative cash prize behind.
Social media buzz: According to the Wit Social List, the dating series ranked number one in the weekly Instagram Top the week of its launch and has gathered more than 131,000 subscribers in four weeks (as of August 6, 2019). Second season ordered for 2020.
Premiere: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Distributor(s): ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment
Format: 22 60-minute stripped episodes