Will 'Married At First Sight' Return For Season 4? Watch These Experimental Dating Shows In The Meantime
So the idea for the FYI reality series Married at First Sight is pretty interesting, right? A panel of specialists pair up complete strangers they think will hit it off based on "scientific matchmaking," according to the show's description. The first time those singles meet is when they walk down the aisle to get married, and then they spend the next several weeks getting to know each other on their honeymoon and living together as newlyweds before they ultimately decide whether they want to stay together or get divorced. The show's about to finish up its third season and Married at First Sight could return for Season 4, too.
Actually, make that Married at First Sight will most likely return for Season 4. Though FYI hasn't officially announced the fate of the reality series, the network and production company behind the show are already casting for Season 4, which it looks like began last fall, according to the Married at First Sigh t Casting Facebook page. This time, the show is going to take place in the Miami area, as opposed to Atlanta in Season 3 and New York before that, so expect the drama to heat up as well.
But if you're a reality TV fan like myself, you know that Married at First Sight isn't the first-ever far-out dating show to ever hit the air. And I'm not talking about something with a fairly conventional format like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette either. I mean reality dating series with premises that are so off-the-wall, they just have to be seen to be believed. The following shows should keep you mighty entertained while we wait for a new season of Married at First Sight to begin.
Any self-respecting reality TV fan should know about Joe Millionaire. Back in 2003, it was basically Fox's answer to ABC's The Bachelor, except with this show, the ladies vying for bachelor Evan Marriott's affection were led to believe he was a millionaire when he was really just an average Joe. Joe Millionaire didn't last for long, but its impact on reality TV lasted long after it went off the air (2014's I Wanna Marry Harry , anyone?).
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
Rock of Love wasn't the first reality dating series to feature a D-list celebrity as its bachelor or bachelorette, but it was the most entertaining, in my opinion. But be forewarned: It will often break your feminist heart.
Two words: black light. If watching MTV's Room Raiders, a dating show in which a man or a woman chooses a date based on his or her room, didn't convince you to keep your place nice and tidy at all times, nothing will.
Dating in the Dark
They say love is blind, and that's exactly what Dating in the Dark set out to prove. On this ABC dating series, singles literally dated in the dark, so they never saw what their dates looked like until the big reveal at the end. One episode of Dating in the Dark would instill your faith in humanity again while the next could be soul crushing.
Secrets often come out during the course of a relationship, but what if you just got all of that out of the way before you even decided to date someone? That's exactly what the GSN dating game show Baggage did. In each episode, a bachelor or bachelorette chose which contestant's baggage was manageable enough to go on a date with him or her. Baggage even got a shout out during a past episode of Girls , so you know it's got to be cool.
Putting your emotional baggage out in the open isn't the only way reality dating shows have made contestants feel vulnerable in front of dates. As the name says, VH1's Dating Naked, which has been greenlit for a third season, has singles letting it all hang out as they get to know potential dates. It doesn't get much more outrageous than that.
But still, as many fans of the show are probably feeling as the Season 3 finale of Married at First Sight looms, Season 4 of the show can't come soon enough. There's something inherently dramatic about love and marriage, and it's going to be a while before this show ceases to be entertaining.
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