ONEKAMA — The highly anticipated second season of HBO Max’s reality dating series “Fboy Island,” stars one of Northern Michigan’s own – Onekama’s Louise Barnard.
Last summer’s first season hit the streaming service platform to hit the numbers – the biggest launch since HBO Max became a thing in the spring of 2020 – with viewership growing with each episode’s release. Just weeks after its premiere, the show was given the green light for a season two, and now, for reality show fans, the wait is over.
“We are very grateful for the support of all viewers,” said “FBoy Island Season 2” co-showrunner Sam Dean.
“At the end of the day, we wouldn’t have a second season if it wasn’t for the viewers who invest their time with us. We’ve worked hard to create a second season that we believe is even better than the first. We hope to honor viewers, give them a reason to come back, and hopefully attract new viewers.
“The fanbase has been building over time, and people seem to be looking forward to season two,” added co-showrunner Bill Dixon.
For those who aren’t in the know, the premise of ‘FBoy Island’ is pretty simple: Can three single women separate the commitment-seeking ‘Nice Guys’ from the money-hungry ‘FBoys’ and ultimately strike up a relationship? enduring romance while winning prize money in the process? That’s the goal of contestants Mia Emani Jones, Tamaris Sepulveda and Louise Barnard over the 10-episode season.
Jones, Sepulveda and Barnard beat 3,000 women who auditioned for a Cabo crush.
“[It was] like a Taylor Swift concert post [of applicants]recalls Dixon.
Among this large number of women, Barnard stands out from the crowd.
“We absolutely fell in love with Louise from the moment we met her during our casting phase,” Dean said. “His dynamism is contagious. She is kind, funny, smart and intelligent. Louise has great inner confidence, knows what she wants and articulates her desires and intentions beautifully.
Originally from the small town of Onekama, Louise Barnard, 25, lives in Miami and works as a model. At 15, Barnard began her modeling journey with River’s Edge Dancewear in Onekama. But, with modeling opportunities and limited resources in the area, it wasn’t until college that she was able to find and join modeling-focused organizations.
Soon after, Barnard began creating YouTube videos focusing on hairstyles, thrift, makeup, and fashion.
Now she maintains a well-followed YouTube channel with nearly 94,000 subscribers, and she also works as a social media influencer, which is how casting directors discovered her.
“I had a few casting directors contact me via Instagram, but I had no idea it was for ‘FBoy Island,'” Barnard said. “I was curious, so I decided to go through the casting process. They ended up really liking me, and we kind of hit it off.
“Louise is special because she’s very smart and very funny, but not in an overbearing way,” Dixon said. “She’s not trying to prove anything to anyone. I think some of the guys on the show made quick judgments based on her looks, and they were wrong.
But when the offer came to do season two, Barnard balked. At the time, she had just started dating a guy who didn’t like the idea of Barnard going on a series of reality encounters.
“We ended up breaking up,” Barnard added, “And I was like, ‘You know what, this is great. So I went all the way, and the next thing I knew I was in Cabo.
After watching the inaugural season before auditioning, Barnard knew the show’s setup and found it super entertaining. Yet it also felt unique to him in the realm of reality shows.
“I had never seen a show that had so much female empowerment, and so that’s what I really liked – it put women in that position of power with guys fighting for women. .”
Even though Barnard enjoyed the reality show and its new premise, she never really harbored any particular aspirations to be on TV — it just happened.
“I love reality TV. I’ve watched a million reality TV shows,” Barnard said. “But I never thought I’d be on one. But it was such an amazing experience and great collaboration with everyone. It was an amazing and life changing adventure, building relationships and having fun.
Billed as a social experiment, “FBoy Island” aims to answer the age-old question of “Do the good guys always finish last?” with the added follow-up question: “Can FBoys really reform?”
“I think most fans of the dating show genre are hyper-aware of cliches and troupes and gimmicks, and we’re leaning into it,” Dixon said. “We try to satirize dating shows while still being a dating show. Despite the silliness and self-awareness, I think there’s a kind of honesty there.
And Barnard, creative and fun, entered the realm of reality TV to break old habits of falling for bad guys and to send a message to viewers.
“I hope I can be a role model for other small-town girls who want to do bigger things in their lives, like breaking into television and modeling.”
Barnard said the show emphasizes her weird and quirky behavior, which she loves.
Her goal was to show her authentic self and show other girls and women that being yourself and working towards what you want and love is the way to go, whether you’re from a big city or a small town. healthy village like Onekama.
Filmed in Cabo San Lucas and hosted by actress and comedian Nikki Glaser, the HBO Max series will air the first three episodes of season two on Thursdays, July 14 and 21, followed by two episodes on Thursdays, July 38 and August 4.
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