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'Married at First Sight's sixth season to premiere in January 2018, feature Boston-area couples


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/20/2017 

Married at First Sight's sixth season is coming to Boston, and its premiere date has been announced.

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Lifetime has announced Season 6 of Married at First Sight, which will feature six Boston-area singles marrying a complete stranger in an extreme social experiment, will premiere Tuesday, January 2 at 9PM ET/PT.

The series' new edition will debut immediately after the Married at First Sight: Matchmaking Special at 8PM ET/PT.

Like seasons past, Married at First Sight will chronicle three couples getting married, going on their honeymoons, moving in together, and conquering everyday struggles in life together.

After several weeks of working on their relationships, each pair must decide whether they'd like to stay together after the show or get a divorce.

This season, Dr. Jessica Griffin, a Boston-based psychologist and professor who previously appeared on FYI's Seven Year Switch reality series, will join sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor Pastor Calvin Roberson on Married at First Sight's panel of experts.

Together, the experts match the singles based on their compatibility, desires, values and more. Griffin, Schwartz and Roberson will also be shown counseling and mentoring these Season 6 couples on the show as they embark on married life together after meeting for the first time at the altar.

Although many couples have decided to stay together by the end of the experiment in recent years, Married at First Sight's overall success rate is poor.

The only couples still together to this day are Jamie Otis and husband Doug Hehner -- who just welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in August -- Cortney Hendrix and husband Jason Carrion, and Ashley Petta and husband Anthony D'Amico.

Jamie, Doug, Cortney and Jason all appeared on the show's first season, while Ashley and Anthony just starred on Season 5 of the reality series.

The other two marriages from Season 5, however, recently ended in divorce. Nate Duhon filed for divorce from Sheila Downs in November, according to the Chicago Tribune

And as for Cody Knapek and Danielle DeGroot, they announced their split in late August. 

Lifetime announced earlier this month the network plans to air a Married at First Sight: Holiday Game Night holiday special featuring the three Chicago-area couples from Season 5, but the episode reportedly filmed before the two couples announced their breakups.

The holiday special is scheduled to air on December 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Lifetime.

Married at First Sight moved to Lifetime for Season 5 after airing all of its previous seasons on FYI. Beginning with Season 2, FYI's sister network A&E also aired broadcasts of the show.

Married at First Sight is produced by Kinetic Content and executive produced by Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Sam Dean, Robyn Schnieders, Ally Simpson, and Gena McCarthy.



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