If you are not familiar with Married at First Sight, it is a reality show about married couples, with the twist is that a man and a woman are paired together to marry, without ever meeting before. Season 1 of the American version of this show appeared on FYI that was a moderate success for the three couples and the audience, and it led to an eventual Season 2 which did not end well at all. Season 2 looked it was going to end with 1 couple separating and the other 2 staying together, but eventually, all couples split up, one with possible assault charges. This has led to the belief that there will not be a Married at First Sight Season 3, and here is the latest news and possible release date.
A recent article on Vine Report says that there is still no word about Season 3 of Married at First Sight from FYI or its sister network A&E. This is not the case for the Australian version of the show, which has been renewed, in spite of one couple staying in the paired relationship. The show is actually a reality series that was originally a Danish program, and it is not been very popular in the UK either.
Vine Report also says that a lack of announcement for season three of Married at First Sight could mean that the show is on verge of cancellation. The way the show has been casted has been called into question.
Executive producer Chris Coelen addressed these issues to People, stated exactly how men and women are paired together on the show. It begins when an "advanced casting team" are sent to a specific geographic area, in search of single people. Coelen says that "the men and the women are treated exactly the same", and "go to bars, mixers, singles events, and church groups". Coelen says that he goes on Facebook to talk to family and friends to make "the pool as big as possible".
Season 1 pulled in 1,000 applicants, with season 2 getting 7,000 applicants. After most of these thousands are thinned out, the potential participants are invited to final callbacks that the producers refer to as "workshops". This is where the show's experts, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Joseph Cilona, Greg Epstein, and Dr. Logan Levkoff, come in as potential participants are given some serious "extensive written evaluations" that "take hours to complete". By the way, these evaluations are only available to licensed therapists or government agencies.
This process takes about six months, with the final casting about 4-6 weeks, and it is "very intense". Then the experts present their matches to both Kinetic Content and A&E, parent network of FYI.
It should be noted on the FYI site, the application form for Married at First Sight links to a message reading: "Casting Call No Longer Available". Is this because the show has been pulled, or is there so many applicants that no more are required?
It also should be noted in the interview with People that Coelen stated that season 3 has pulled in 20,000 applicants. He also stated that Season 3 would be documented in Atlanta. I find it hard to believe that these experts would have done all this work for nothing. Not only that, the fact that Coelen mentions a Season 3 actually reveals that there will be a Season 3. Is Coelen talking about the Australian version of Season 3?
So at this time, I will have to declare that Married At First Sight, Season 3, is on the fence. I will also say that I think that it is currently leaning toward renewal and will probably return sometime in Spring 2016. If it does get cancelled, fans can always try that The Seven Year Switch Show where already married couples switch partners, and have to share the same bed with their new match. Married At First Sight: The First Year plans to have a second season starting in the fall, presumably detailing the lives of the first two couples that stayed together in Season 1.