90 Day Fiancé has become the winning show of quarantine. While most shows had to stop production due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 90 Day franchise was actually able to put out new content. B90 Strikes Back and 90 Day Fiancé: Self Quarantined were both filmed and released during the pandemic. Now that shows are beginning to resume filming, TLC is slated to produce one or two new 90 Day shows.
How many ’90 Day Fiancé’ shows are there?
90 Day Fiancé first premiered in 2014. Since then, a number of spinoffs have come out of the show. While the original 90 Day Fiancé follows couples after one of the partners receives the K-1 visa, allowing them to move to the U.S., some of the other spinoffs follow the couples at different junctures in their relationships. For instance, Before the 90 Days follows couples before they even apply for the visa. This show usually features the Americans heading over to their partners’ countries. The Other Way is similar except for in this show, the Americans are usually planning to leave America for good. Happily Ever After follows up with couples from past seasons and Pillow Talk features couples from past shows as they watch the seasons currently airing.
Darcey Silva, who appeared on four seasons of Before the 90 Days also has her own spinoff now, Darcey & Stacey and Chantel Jimeno has her own show, The Family Chantel now.
New shows are in the works
During the Edinburgh International TV Festival panel, Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC, revealed that there’s “probably one or two [more shows] that we are actively working on”.
“We always want to check in on our fans to ensure that we’re not getting past the tipping point or saturation and that this is something that they’d want to see and so far we’ve been really fortunate that they’re still finding these projects compelling,” he said, according to Deadline.
What will the new shows be about?
The new shows don’t have concrete concepts yet but they will definitely focus on dating and relationships.
“We’re ok if it’s docu-follow or if it’s social experiment, we’re very much open to that. If it’s just plain old dating, it has to be extraordinary, there has to be a hook,” he said. “We’re open arms for anything like that. The casting, at the end of the day, has to be compelling. We’re looking for real people, they don’t have to be glamorous but they could be, they could be from the East Coast or West Coast or any part of America, physically they could be any size, shape or form, TLC is representative of who our audience looks like.”
No matter what direction the show ends up going in, TLC is dedicated to making sure that the content is something that viewers want to see.
“It’s very important that we don’t just create a spin-off or sequel just for the sake of it,” Lee said. “We want to make sure that we’re not just ripping ourselves off, franchise after franchise.”
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