Less than two months after FYI renewed its breakout series for a second season, the cabler net has ordered a follow-up to Married At First Sight. Here comes Married At First Sight: The First Year, which follows the two couples who stayed together at the end of the original series’ freshman year. Production is set to begin on eight hourlong episodes of The First Year, which are slated to premiere in 2015. The series will follow the couples from the six-month mark of marriage to their one-year anniversary in March. Along the way, they’ll receive advice and guidance from experts.
Married At First Sight is FYI’s highest-rated program since it rebranded from Bio to focus on lifestyle programming. “Married At First Sight has truly captured viewers’ attention by bringing viewers in on our subjects’ authentic quest for true love,” said Gena McCarthy, SVP Programming and Development at FYI. “It was a natural fit to follow-up with the two married couples post-experiment. Viewers will now see them as they embark on one of the most challenging times in married couples’ lives: the first year.” Both series are produced by Kinetic Content, whose Chris Coelen and Sam Dean executive produce along with McCarthy and Liz Fine for FYI.