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Married at First Sight season 2: two versions, two networks

Married at First Sight season 2: two versions, two networks
The couples that survived season one of Married at First Sight: Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner, Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix. (Photo by FYI)

Well, this is unusual. The hit series Married at First Sight returns next month, and will air on two different networks: its original home, FYI, and its new home, larger sibling network A&E.

That will bring some much-needed reality and authenticity to A&E’s reality TV.

The series was a breakout hit for FYI, and it seems like A+E Networks is trying to have the best of both worlds.

Moving it to a larger platform on A&E helps it reach about 25 million more homes. Having a version on FYI doesn’t quite abandon the new network and leave it without  its signature series. In a statement earlier this month to the New York Post, A+E said:

“Due to the overwhelming response, we are excited to have the opportunity to expose the series to a bigger audience by moving the original series to A&E and creating a unique version for fans on FYI.”

I’ve learned that episodes on FYI will be 15 minutes longer, mostly using additional home video footage from the newly married couples.

The A&E version will include home video footage, too.

Married at First Sight season 2 will debut simultaneously on both networks on March 17 at 9 p.m. ET, with the two versions essentially compete against each other–though same corporate family, et cetera.

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