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Report: Fox developing 'I Married a Stranger' arranged marriage series

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/08/2009 

Fox is giving women who are eager to wed the opportunity to do so with a complete stranger.

The network is developing I Married a Stranger, a new reality series that will follow women who don't meet their husbands until they're at the altar, The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday.

Each episode of I Married a Stranger will follow a different woman who has abandoned the dating scene and is willing to marry a man she's never met, according to The Reporter. 

The bride-to-be's potential partner will be selected by friends and family members -- who will choose a spouse from a group of six bachelors picked by producers.

The men are ousted until only two suitors remain, and both will be sent down the aisle before the bride ultimately decides which one she wants to try and spend the rest of her life with.

"She never meets him until the actual moment when they say 'I do,'" a source close to the project told The Reporter. "It's like the big scene that comes after an entire season of The Bachelor, only this is in every episode."

Each episode will conclude with footage from the newlywed's honeymoon and a brief segment filmed a couple of months later updating viewers on the relationship.

I Married a Stranger is produced by A. Smith & Co., with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott Jeffress serving as executive producers.

Fox has already filmed a pilot, according to The Reporter, which added the series is "in strong contention" for a series order.  While the pilot featured a woman's family selecting a male, The Reporter added that the show might eventually alternate genders.

I Married a Stranger follows a similar format to Arranged Marriage, which CBS began developing in February and officially ordered in May.

Unlike I Married a Stranger -- which will follow a different woman in each episode -- Arranged Marriage will follow three adults over the course of the season.

In addition, friends and family members will also select their loved one's spouse in Arranged Marriage -- while in I Married a Stranger friends and family members play an active role, but the bride-to-be is the one who gets the final say. 

Arranged Marriage is being produced by former Project Runway producers Jane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth and their Magical Elves production company.

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