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WE tv pulls “Sex Box”

The AMC Networks-owned cable net has pulled the controversial sex therapy show (pictured) after five episodes and is working with producers on a potential reformatted version.
April 17, 2015

WE tv has pulled Sex Box (pictured) after five episodes.

In a statement, the AMC Networks-owned cable channel said there is a chance the show will return in a retooled form.

Sex Box was a bold programming swing that broke new ground but did not connect with large numbers of viewers,” the network said. “We are working with our production partners on a potential reformatted version of the show and are thankful for the efforts of everyone involved.”

The couples therapy show, which is based on a UK format that aired on Channel 4, debuted on February 27 to 378,000 total viewers. The network later moved the show out of primetime to a midnight slot. The most recent episode aired on March 27.

Produced by Relativity Television, Sex Box featured couples in troubled relationships who have sex in a camera-free, soundproof box and then emerge to discuss the encounter with a panel of experts in front of a studio audience. WE tv greenlit a nine-episode run last fall.

The Parents Television Council, which launched a national petition against the show in February, claimed victory in the wake of the cancellation.

The series is part of a wave of risqué, social experiment-type reality programming that networks have been trotted out as traditionally popular shiny-floor studio formats and docusoaps lose ground in the ratings.

“I’m sure people are going to go completely nuts because it’s certainly the most outrageous log line of all time,” Relativity’s Tom Forman told realscreen last year. “But it’s rooted in real research and science. People are genuinely more open, honest and forthcoming about their sexual experience if you can talk to them right after they’ve had sex.”

The British version of Sex Box attracted an average audience of 1.2 million viewers when it aired on C4.

Watch the Sex Box trailer below:

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