Chi-town, here they come! FYI announced on Tuesday, October 25, that its wildly popular social experiment, Married at First Sight, is returning for a fifth season—and this time, the participants will be based in Chicago.
Production for the latest installment of the docu-series has already started in the Windy City, and the new season will air in 2017. All three experts from season 4, including long-running sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, communication expert Rachel DeAlto, and marriage counselor Pastor Calvin Roberson, will provide guidance into the new season.
According to FYI’s release to The Knot, over 40,000 candidates across the country have applied to be featured on the series. Married at First Sight provides an interesting twist for viewers and its participants. After couples are matched, the singles meet on their wedding days — without any prior contact — and subsequently live together for the next six weeks as newlyweds.
After those six weeks are up, each couple announces whether they want to remain together–legally bound in marriage—or they decide to divorce.
The first three seasons documented participants from New York, Atlanta and Miami. According to FYI, Married at First Sight has consistently pulled in an impressive average of 550,000 total viewers per episode. The show, which is produced by Kinetic Content, consistently remains the top-rated program within the network’s portfolio.
The season 4 finale of Married at First Sight airs on FYI on Tuesday, October 25, at 8 p.m. ET.