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FYI sets January date for “First Sight” spin-off

A Married at First Sight spin-off, Married at First Sight: The First Year, is set for its FYI network premiere in the U.S. early in 2015.
December 11, 2014

A Married at First Sight spin-off, Married at First Sight: The First Year, is set for its FYI network premiere in the U.S. early in 2015.

Along with the 8 x 60-minute docuseries Mikie Saves the Date, the 8 x 60-minute Married at First Sight: The First Year will be premiering on Tuesday, January 13 on FYI.

The First Year, which follows couples Jamie and Doug, and Cortney and Jason, at the six-month-mark of their marriages through the March 15 mark of their first anniversary, will debut at 9 p.m. EST, with each pair receiving advice from first season specialists Dr. Logan Levkoff, Dr. Joseph Cilona and Dr. Pepper Schwartz.

Married at First Sight: The First Year is produced for FYI by Kinetic Content, with Christopher Coelen and Brenda Coston serving as exec producers for Kinetic, and Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine fulfilling the same roles for FYI.

Meanwhile, Mikie Saves The Date, which follows the exploits of Long Island wedding planner Mikie Russo, debuts at 10 p.m. Produced by High Noon Entertainment for FYI, Mikie Saves The Date includes Jim Berger and Scott Feeley in the role of executive producers for the production company, and McCarthy and Audra Smith as executive producers for the network.

In related news, Munich-based distributor Red Arrow International has sold the first 13 x 45-minute season of the U.S. version of Married at First Sight to Italy’s Sky Uno, Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s SBS Discovery, Finland’s MTV Oy and Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 sixx.

Created by Snowman Productions for Denmark’s DR3, the FYI season finale of Married at First Sight was the most watched telecast in the history of the channel, including when it was branded as Bio, with the second season of the reality program experiencing the same nightly results on DR3.

“The format has taken everyone by storm and smashed records in the States,” said Axel Böhm, Red Arrow’s senior VP for Europe sales, in a statement.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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