The Hollywood Reporter rips into the new show:
For those who don’t think ABC’s The Bachelor escalates fast enough between meeting up and marriage, there now is FYI’s Married at First Sight, on which three couples meet at their weddings, then have four weeks to decide whether they want to stay married. The concept is based on a popular Danish series and apparently a desire to make the idea of marriage as frivolous as possible. And, at a time when the definition and legalities of marriage are at the forefront of national conversations, it also seems particularly callous. Married at First Sight is one of more than six series that will, for better or worse, define the new FYI network. Parent company A&E appears to be throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, calling FYI (formerly known as Biography) a “hyphen network: creating-tasting-designing-loving-life.” The I in FYI also is mutable, standing for “inspiration, imagination, innovation” (basically, I like whatever you like).
The show debuts tonight.
(Tipped by JMG reader Mark)