FOX’s hybrid series Murder in Small Town X debuts tonight.

FOX’s hybrid series Murder in Small Town X debuts tonight.
Starting tonight, FOX’s eight-week series Murder in Small Town X will follow a group of 10 (real) people trying to figure out who committed a (fictional) murder in a town full of (fictional and real) people, with suspects played by 15 actors who the contestants apparently can’t tell apart from the town’s actual residents. The winner gets $250,000 and a Jeep Liberty. The show debuts tonight at either 9 ET (according to FOX’s site and TV Guide) or 8:30 ET (according to some reports). Mixed critical reaction and news from around the country:

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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