New Zealand version of Married at First Sight coming

Calling all Kiwi singles.
Brides from Married at First Sight

A Kiwi version of reality television hit Married at First Sight has been given the go-ahead, and is set to hit screens later this year.

MediaWorks will produce the local version of the reality matchmaking show that’s already a hit in over 20 countries.

The show’s format follows singles looking for love that are prepared to be matched, under expert guidance, and then marry as soon as they meet their significant other.

The newly-married couples will go on their honeymoon, meet the in-laws and settle down – all while still learning about each other.

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At the end of the ‘experiment’ the couples will decide whether they’re going to genuinely give their marriage a fair run or file for divorce.

News of the Kiwi version of the show comes the same week as the finale of the Australian version goes to air here.

NZME reports the show has been the network’s highest rating international programme this year, reaching an audience of more than 1 million viewers in the 25-54 demographic.

Speaking about the new production, Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks’ chief content officer says the company is proud to be bringing the best locally produced content to New Zealanders.

“Married at First Sight is the show that has been on everyone’s lips for 2017 and we are really excited to be producing New Zealand’s first serious of this hit show.”

The show’s producers have put out a casting call looking for singles “genuinely ready to commit to love” who are over 25, “from any background, ethnicity and sexual orientation”.

Production is expected to run over the coming months and the show will be on air between October and December.

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