WE tv picks up American version of U.K.'s 'Sex Box' on-stage sex reality show
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/25/2014
Reality TV viewers probably suspected the raciest show out there right now is VH1's Dating Naked. Well, think again.
WE tv has announced it's ordered the American version of the U.K.'s controversial reality series Sex Box, an extreme relationship therapy show slated to premiere in 2015.
Sex Box, which debuted in the UK in October and drew a ton of media attention, features couples discussing their relationship issues with a panel of experts and then entering a camera-free, soundproof box on the show's set to have sex.
Once each couple enters the "sex box," the experts will discuss their initial observations, ranging from their thoughts on what might be happening inside the box to whether they believe the relationship will last. Immediately upon exiting the "sex box," each couple will sit down for a heart-to-heart with the expert panelists to discuss their experiences and personal issues in front of a studio audience.
"Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we've ever seen, and we can't wait to bring it to WE tv," network president Marc Juris said in a statement. "Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv."
According to WE tv, "Scientists and researchers cite that people are more trusting and open in the moments immediately after sex due to the body's natural release of oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddle hormone.' As a result, post coital couples therapy is more powerful and effective."
Sex Box's panel of experts will include Dr. Fran Walfish, a leading Beverly Hills relationship psychotherapist who treats celebrity couples through her private practice; Dr. Chris Donaghue, a licensed clinical therapist with his PhD and nationally certified sex therapist; and Florida-based Pastor, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, the founder of "Healed for Real" and Sister Keeper International Ministries Crusade.
Both Dr. Walfish and Dr. Donaghue have also appeared on numerous talk shows and news programs such as CBS' The Doctors as well as ABC and CNN News channels.
In addition to the expert panelists, Sex Box will also feature comedian and podcaster Danielle Stewart, who will add a humorous, more lighthearted perspective to the series through interviews with the couples before they enter the "sex box," backstage commentary and man-on-the-street interviews.
WE tv has ordered nine, one-hour episodes of Sex Box, which is executive produced by Relativity Television's Tom Forman and Brad Bishop and WE tv's Juris and Lauren Gellert.
Juris ordered a pilot of Sex Box in March, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.