With the success of Married at First Sight, (the show’s success in the ratings, that is, not in the number of successful marriages it has produced), the Lifetime network is moving forward with two new ‘MAFS’ spin-offs that will premiere this fall.
On ‘Honeymoon Island,’ viewers will watch as former ‘Married at First Sight’ participants get a second chance at making a reality show romance work.
“A group of 20 participants – fan favorites and unmatched candidates from previous seasons as well as other new singles – will be invited to an island for the opportunity to make connections with each other and work on falling in love,” Deadline reports.
As the name suggests, the show will be filmed on an island, where the singles will attempt to connect/not embarrass themselves too much and ultimately decide whether they want to leave alone or get hitched to another castaway.
The second spin-off coming to Lifetime is Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After, which will follow former ‘Married at First Sight’ couples that are still together. (It sounds like Lifetime may be “borrowing” the premise of the popular 90 Day Fiance spin-off, in addition to its “Happily Ever After” name!)
“’Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After’ follows three couples from past seasons who have decided to stay married beyond the experiment, chronicling the daily milestones of married life – the good, the bad, and the ugly,” Deadline reports.
One of the couples set to appear on the new show is Season 6’s Shawniece Jackson and Jephte Pierre, who are currently preparing for the birth of their first child. Lifetime hasn’t announced who the other two couples will be, though fans can probably make a good guess considering there are so few couples from the show who are still married.
Other than Shawniece and Jephte, the only couples from the show who are still together are Season 1’s Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion; Season 1’s Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner; and Season 5’s Ashley Petta and Anthony D’Amico.
They said it’d never work.??♀️ That we were crazy. Why would anyone do this? On my wedding day I worried they were all right.??♀️? …But four years and a couple of babies later we are happy to prove them all wrong.???????? It did work.? This is us season one of #marriedatfirstsight. Three more couples were just married.? I hope they find their own #happilyeverafter!? And I can’t wait to host a new season of Married At First Sight: UNFILTERED again!?? Join me and the new couples to hear what’s happening with their marriages when cameras aren’t rolling as I interview them on #unfiltered every Tuesday night on @lifetimetv ? • • • #mafs #thisisus #weddingday #vowrenewal #herewegoagain #letthefunbegin #hubby #wifey #mylittlefamily? #fambam #reality #tv #atitsbest #tvhost #westilldo #andalwayswill
Given the announcement of the new spin-offs as well as the show being renewed for an eighth season, it seems the reported 22.22 percent success rate of ‘Married at First Sight’ unions doesn’t deter viewers from tuning in.
‘Married At First Sight: Honeymoon Island’ and ‘Married At First Sight: Happily Ever After’ will premiere sometime this fall, but no exact premiere date has been set. Each show will air in eight, one-hour episodes.
‘Married At First Sight’ Season 7 is currently airing on Lifetime.
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