Date: 8th January 2001

Fox Defends Temtation Island

Fox chairman Sandy Grushow has defended the upcoming Temptation Island against attacks by numerous religious critics that the program, in the words of one of them, "violates everything that our society holds sacred."

The upcoming show places four unmarried, "but seriously committed" couples on a desert island and exposes them to 26 male and female scantily clad models. "These are people who very much were interested in exploring the strength of their own relationships," Grushow told reporters at the TV Critics Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. "It's not a show that's about sex." The show is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday night.

The Associated Press reported that toward the end of an episode screened for the writers on Sunday, one of the female contestants remarks, "This could rip two people apart!"

Source: Studio Briefing