via press release:
FYI™ GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “THE SEVEN YEAR SWITCH”
SERIES FOLLOWS MARRIED COUPLES WHO BRAVELY PUT THEIR RELATIONSHIPS TO THE TEST AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN AN
EXPERIMENTAL MARRIAGE WITH A NEW PARTNER
NEW YORK, April 24, 2015 – From the producers of “Married at First Sight,” FYI has greenlit eight one-hour episodes of the new series “The Seven Year Switch,” it was announced today by Gena McCarthy, SVP of Programming and Development, FYI. Production begins immediately and the series is slated to premiere this summer
Seven years marks a point in many marriages when couples find themselves restless and dissatisfied; and some even wonder what it would be like if they had picked a different spouse. In “The Seven Year Switch,” four couples at a crossroads in their relationship will get the chance to live with a stranger for two weeks, in an experimental marriage, to help determine what traits and characteristics in a mate could make their marriage stronger.
The eight episode series will follow four couples who have switched partners, as they put their marriages on the line, and eat, sleep and live with a total stranger. Two relationship experts will help guide the couples through the process, as they adjust to living with their experimental spouse. At the end of the month-long experiment, each of the married couples will reunite and make the decision: to either part ways and divorce, or reaffirm their commitment and renew their vows.
“FYI is continuing to pioneer social experiments with this innovative new series that follows the journey of couples who have hit a breaking point in their marriage,” said Gena McCarthy. “This experiment will allow them to determine whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”
“The Seven Year Switch” is produced by Kinetic Content for FYI. Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe and Cat Rodriguez are executive producers for Kinetic Content. Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine serve as executive producers for FYI.