‘90 Day Fiancé’ Has Better Record Than National Divorce Rate, Producers Say – Contenders TV: Docs + Unscripted

TV shows that try to create romance don’t have the best success rates (here’s looking at you, the Bachelor) but it is different for those who appear 90 day fiancée, TLC,s The wildly successful reality show which is currently in its ninth season.

“Unfortunately the divorce rate in the United States is about 50% – 50% of couples don’t make it. We are well above that,” said Mark Sharp, CEO of Sharp Entertainment, which produces the show. He joined Brooklyn BagwellSharp’s senior director of casting, and season 9 freshmen Bilal and Shaida for a panel at Deadline’s Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted awards-season event.

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90 day fiancé follows couples who meet online, and one of whom uses the government’s “90-day fiancé” visa to travel to the US from abroad to either marry or return home.

“Our pairs are up 75%,” Sharp continued. “There are a lot of people who sometimes watch the show and say, ‘Oh my god, this is so hard.’ And, you know, ‘They’re going offbeat here and they’re not going to understand each other.’ That’s one of the really amazing things about this show. The show is incredibly diverse. There are people who come from all different backgrounds who are finding these connections… who are on these incredible love journeys. And so, yes, I am very happy to see that most of our couples are living together.”

Added Bagwell: “You know, honestly I think on the joints 90 days more likely to live together. They have already done a lot. Why breakup now? They have gone through a lot to be together.”

Check back on Monday for the panel video.