A&E to premiere reality series “Surviving Marriage” in March

Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, the social experiment series challenges couples on the verge of divorcing to spend five days alone together on an island in the South Pacific.
February 17, 2015

U.S. cable network A&E will transplant couples in troubled marriages to an island in the South Pacific in a reality series premiering in March.

Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, Surviving Marriage challenges couples on the verge of divorcing to spend five days on an island with no modern conveniences and limited access to food and water.

Each episode in the nine x one-hour series will feature a different couple, guided through a series of physical and emotional exercises by clinical psychologist Dr. Colleen Long and family therapist Dr. Tom Kersting. On the last day the partners will decide if they want to stay together or separate.

Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, George McTeague, Doug DePriest and Johnny Petillo. Shelly Tatro, Drew Tappon and Sean Gottlieb are exec producing for A&E.

Surviving Marriage will begin airing on March 24 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, two days after the network’s reality series about swingers in Ohio, Neighbors With Benefits, makes its debut.

Last fall, A&E aired another social experiment series set on an island. Love Prison followed couples who hooked up online as they met face-to-face for the first time in a house on a deserted island.

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