April 03, 2014 3:27pm PT by Lacey Rose
A+E Networks Orders 'Married at First Sight' Extreme Social Experiment Series (Exclusive)
A+E Networks is trying its hand at an extreme social experiment.
In a bid to cut through in a crowded unscripted landscape, the company has ordered a new reality series, Married at First Sight, which will center on six brave souls who agree to legally marry the moment they first meet. Production is set to begin immediately on 10 one-hour episodes to air later in 2014. A decision has not been made with regard to which network in the A+E cable portfolio the series will air.
Married, an adaptation of a hit Danish format, will also include four specialists who will create what they believe are three perfect couples based on scientific matchmaking. The first meeting for these couples, each comprised of people who've had no prior luck in the love department, will be as they walk down the aisle.
The episode will follow the classic lifestyle stories of newlyweds -- from the honeymoon to early nesting to other relatable events of married life. After several weeks together, the couples must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to separate?
The series is being produced for A+E Networks by Kinetic Content, with Kinetic's Chris Coelen and Sam Dean along with A+E's Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine attached as executive producers.