TLC president and general manager Howard Lee announced that the cable network’s successful reality TV series 90 Day Fiancé has another spinoff, 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way which is in the works. It’s the fourth spinoff series for the franchise.
While the set-up of 90 Day Fiancé follows foreign fiances with K-1 visas who have 90 days to decide whether they’ll marry their U.S. petitioner or leave the U.S., the new spinoff will focus on the U.S. petitioners who actually leave the U.S. to live with their overseas fiance.
Matt Sharp, series EP and CEO of Sharp Entertainment said that they sparked to the idea of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way because “we noticed in the casting process there were Americans who said I’m going to forego my lifestyle, my family, my culture, my country to be with this person. There have been little bits of this in other shows.”
The entire 90 Day Fiancé franchise is on track for 200 programming hours since 2014 and airs in more than 155 countries.
Season of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? is TLC’s No. 1 show for women in Sundays with the finale drawing 2.3M viewers.
The third spinoff in the franchise, 90 Day Fiancé: What Now? was a digital series for TLCgo.
Given the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies, one reporter in the room asked the show’s producers how that’s impacting the show.
Sharp said, “We’re not involved in the immigration process. We find couples for the show that are already in the process. It’s an authentic process: These are couples who are in love and going through this process.”
And for most couples on 90 Day Fiancé, it truly is happy ever after.
Says Sharp, “Our batting average on this show is that out of every 25 couples on 90 Day Fiancé, we’ve only had three divorces. That’s less than 10% and the current U.S. (divorce) rate is over 40%. It’s one of the reasons why people love this show, it’s so unexpected.”
Background checks? How do you make sure you are casting the right couples?
“We don’t put people together. Everyone we feature on the show, they found themselves organically,” says Sharp who finds couples through immigration attorneys.