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The former 'Love Island' U.K. host's family had confirmed her death over the weekend.
Caroline Flack, the former host of U.K.'s Love Island, died by suicide, a coroner said in London on Wednesday.
Her death was confirmed by her family on Saturday. She was 40. "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today," her family said Saturday. "We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time."
While no cause of death was given at first, multiple reports in British news outlets noted that Flack was found unresponsive at her apartment in London.
A coroner in a Wednesday hearing at the start of the inquest said Flack's provisional cause of death was death by suicide by hanging.
Flack began her career on the comedy series Bo' Selecta! in 2002 and went on to present shows on the ITV network such as The Xtra Factor. Flack began presenting ITV's hit dating reality series Love Island in 2015, for which she became well known. The show follows a group of young men and women living in a Spanish villa together and hoping to find romantic connections.
Flack stepped down from the series in 2019 following a domestic assault charge involving her partner, tennis player Lewis Burton. She was replaced by Irish TV host Laura Whitmore.
Flack's family earlier on Wednesday released an unpublished Instagram post that she wrote days before she died. In it, she said that her "whole world and future was swept from under my feet" when she was arrested for the assault.
The death of Flack came a year and a half after season two Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon killed herself at her family home after mixing alcohol and cocaine, and 10 months after season three contestant Mike Thalassitis died, again by committing suicide.
ITV said on the weekend: "Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news. Caroline was a much-loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends."
Source: Hollywood Reporter
ITV Studios is hopeful that broadcasters around the world are going to double down on Love Island after the reality show moved to two seasons a year in the UK. The Hell’s Kitchen studio is also planning its next expansion moves, as it looks to acquire more third-party formats and partner with producers in Latin America and East Asia.
ITV’s youth channel ITV2 is currently broadcasting Love Island‘s first winter season, filmed at a villa in South Africa. Although the show has been overshadowed by the death of former presenter Caroline Flack, it has been consistently attracting more than 2M viewers and beating competition on rival channels.
ITV Studios is now in talks to take the two-season-a-year formula and make it work in other territories, according to Mike Beale, managing director of ITV Studios’ Creative Network, and global entertainment president Maarten Meijs. It’s a model they have had success with previously after The Voice moved to two seasons a year on NBC in the U.S.
“It shows that it’s not just a summer hit,” Beale said of the UK winter season. Meijs added: “The UK is very pivotal in the global and international market. It’s definitely a development others are following. There are only a few shows which can carry multiple seasons a year.”
Beale added, however, that you can have too much of a good thing — which is why the UK winter and summer editions of Love Island will be slightly shorter to accommodate both seasons in the schedule. They are imploring other territories to exercise similar discipline, with the format now in 15 countries, including France where it will launch on Amazon this month.
“The great thing about Love Island is it sustains an audience, but I think that time is finite,” he said. “We’ve been pretty tough globally that four to six weeks is the optimum period of the show, and we’ve kept it to that. So the winter and the summer gives you the opportunity to have more of it, but not a 12-week long run, where I think the editorial might start to suffer. It’s a stronger way to do it.”
Beale added that CBS’s investment in Love Island has helped give confidence to other buyers, even though the show was not a big ratings winner when it premiered last year. CBS is going again this year and Beale said it serves a bigger purpose for the network. He explained: “These networks need to feed a whole pantheon of [digital] services that they run. There are very few shows that do that.”
Beale was speaking to Deadline at the UK Screenings, where ITV Studios hosted global buyers for a formats festival at iconic London music venue, The Roundhouse. The studio showcased formats including Rat In the Kitchen, the Masked Singer-meets-Hell’s...
Insiders are wondering: Why now? And who will replace him at 7 p.m. on the network?
Some 21 hours after Chris Matthews' sudden resignation from MSNBC, media and political insiders are still digesting the news.
Here are some of the biggest questions they've been asking:
Matthews had been on MSNBC for more than 20 years, but over the last few months it began to seem probable — if not likely — that he would leave the network in the near future. "We all knew that this day was coming," a source familiar with the situation told The Hollywood Reporter.
Leaving MSNBC after the presidential election in November would have provided a far smoother transition, but his departure was clearly expedited by a series of recent misstatements and controversies.
The first sign that Matthews could leave the network was visible on Saturday night. While he hosted Hardball from South Carolina on Friday night, he did not appear on the network's Saturday night coverage of the state's crucial Democratic primary.
So, while Matthews' departure was shockingly abrupt, there were clues.
Who will MSNBC replace Matthews with at 7 p.m.?
For now, the network will lean on a rotating group of hosts to fill in for Matthews, though his hour will be taken up with Super Tuesday special coverage on Tuesday night, hosted by Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace. Wednesday night's 7 p.m. programming could provide some insight into who the network is considering for the spot.
A recent precedent is the 3 p.m. slot on Fox News, which MSNBC tested with a handful of different hosts before landing on Bill Hemmer as Shepard Smith's replacement.
Steve Kornacki, a national political correspondent for NBC News/MSNBC, had the difficult task of taking over hosting duties for Matthews after his sudden announcement on Monday night. According to Page Six, Kornacki is being considered for the 7 p.m. hour, though as the network's popular data wiz, his skill-set might not be best suited for a traditional hosting role.
Weekend host Joy Reid, who once hosted a daily show, is also reportedly a candidate. Reid has filled in for Matthews, so his audience "knows her," says someone who has worked with Reid at MSNBC. "I'm sure she's being considered."
Another strong candidate is 4 p.m. host Nicolle Wallace. "There's a lot of talk about where to put Nicolle generally, because she has a ton of talent and is on the rise in a less-than-ideal time slot," a network veteran says.
The wild-card candidate is Smith, who — like Matthews — abruptly resigned in October and seems to be a contender for jobs at both MSNBC and CNN. Smith is said to be eligible to take a new gig sometime this summer, meaning that MSNBC would have a few months to fill before he could take over the slot.
Anna Paquin’s dark comedy drama Flack may well find another home in the U.S. after it was abruptly pulled by Pop TV.
Yesterday, it emerged that the ViacomCBS-backed network was pulling three of its five original series, including Flack, Florida Girls and Best Intentions. Flack was set to launch its second season on Pop on March 13.
However, Jimmy Mulville, who runs Flack producer Hat Trick Productions, told Deadline that he was “confident” of finding a new Stateside home for the series, which is co-produced by Paquin and Stephen Moyer's CASM Films. A co-production with British broadcaster UKTV, it will still air on UKTV's W network in March.
“It's sad to end the show on Pop, the first season did well for them and UKTV,” said Mulville. “I'm confident that we'll be able to find another home for the show. There's no shortage of platforms.”
Mulville said he was travelling to LA over the next couple of weeks to sell another show and would be taking meetings to find a new network. He added that he would work with Pop to find a new home as the network has an ownership stake in the series.
“UKTV has enjoyed working with Pop on the successful launch of Flack series one and were looking forward to the second series launching in the U.S. too,” a UKTV spokeswoman told Deadline. “The show is distributed via Hattrick International, which has already sold the show into a number of territories globally.”
Set in the world of high-stakes celebrity public relations, the series stars Paquin as a master of the dark arts of PR. The six-episode second season also features new cast members Sam Neill, Daniel Dae Kim and guest star Martha Plimpton. The second season picks up with Robyn Paquin putting her life back together after her myriad addictions got the better of her at the end of Season one. Focusing on rebuilding her relationship with her sister and keeping her clients out of the headlines, she must also face a new and unexpected revelation head-on. Meanwhile, her boss Caroline Sophie Okonedo is surprised to see her ex Neill return, while Eve Lydia Wilson is tasked with keeping new client Gabriel Cole Kim satisfied, and Melody Rebecca Benson is adjusting to a new life after leaving the firm. Plimpton will appear in an episode as Robyn's late mother. Genevieve Angelson Titans, Good Girls Revolt also returns as Robyn's sister Ruth, alongside Rufus Jones Home and Arinze Kene. Other Season 2 guest stars will include Jane Horrocks; Giles Terera; and Amanda Abbington, reprising her role as Alexa.