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TLC sets October premiere for “90 Day Fiance” spin-off “HEA Strikes Back!”

TLC is adding yet another self-shot series to its 90 Day Fiancé franchise with HEA Strikes Back!, in which couples featured on the spin-off series 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? watch episodes ...
September 3, 2020

TLC is adding yet another self-shot series to its 90 Day Fiancé franchise with HEA Strikes Back!, in which couples featured on the spin-off series 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? watch episodes and offer commentary.

The news follows the June premiere of B90 Strikes Back!, in which couples featured on Before the 90 Days addressed the online commentary for each respective episode of the show, as well as the opinions of the Pillow Talk cast.

Similarly, HEA Strikes Back! will give couples the chance to watch and re-experience their journeys in love and marriage, respond to Pillow Talk commentary and offer viewers a look inside their home lives.

Couples will also share behind-the-scenes details missed by cameras and address some of the most outrageous moments of the season.

Each episode of HEA Strikes Back! will follow the events of Happily Ever After? season five in the same respective air order.

HEA Strikes Back! premieres after the current season of Happily Ever After? wraps Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The series is produced by Sharp Entertainment, with Rebecca Bruno, Dan Adler and Matt Sharp executive producing. For TLC, executive producers are Gabriela Tavakoli and John Hein. 

TLC’s president and general manager Howard Lee told listeners at this year’s virtual Edinburgh TV Festival that the network was working on one or two spin-offs of the ratings powerhouse that first premiered in 2014.

Since its debut, the flagship series — which Lee referred to as TLC’s own “Marvel Universe” — has spawned such hits as 90 Day Fiancé: What Now?, 90 Day Fiancé: The Other WayThe Family Chantel, 90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined and Darcey & Stacey, all produced by Sharp Entertainment.

“We always really want to check in with our fans and viewers to ensure that we’re not getting past the tipping point of saturation, and that it’s something they really want to see. We’ve been really fortunate that they’re still finding these projects compelling,” Lee said in the Edinburgh TV Fest session.

Though the 90 Day Fiancé franchise continues to grow, there’s still room on the Discovery-owned lifestyle network’s slate for programs that delve into the complexities of love and relationships.

“We are looking for formats in any area — that could be docuseries, social experiment, it can be long-arced and serialized or possibly self-contained,” Lee added.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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