FYI shuffles spouses in “Seven Year Switch”

Restless spouses will have the chance to live with a stranger for two weeks in U.S. net FYI's forthcoming "experimental marriage" series The Seven Year Switch.
April 24, 2015

Restless spouses will have the chance to live with a stranger for two weeks in U.S. net FYI’s forthcoming experimental marriage series The Seven Year Switch.

According to a release from the network, the show will trade on the idea of the “seven year itch”, defined as the point in marriages when some couples are thought to become restless with their relationships and wonder how their lives would be with different spouses.

In the Kinetic Content-produced 8 x 60-minute series, four such couples are to live with strangers for two weeks in “experimental marriages,” with the goal of determining the characteristics in a partner that might improve their real marriages.

Throughout the experiment, couples will be guided by relationship experts who will help them adjust to living with their “new” spouse. At the end of the month-long experiment, each couple is to reunite and decide whether to stay together and renew their vows or part ways and divorce.

The Seven Year Switch is currently in production and will debut this summer.

“FYI is continuing to pioneer social experiments with this innovative new series that follows the journey of couples who have hit a breaking point in their marriage,” said Gena McCarthy, senior VP of programming and development at FYI, in a statement. “This experiment will allow them to determine whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”

Christopher Coelen, Karrie Wolfe and Cat Rodriguez are exec producing for Kinetic Content, while Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine are serving as executive producers for FYI.

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