AceShowbiz - Coronavirus pandemic seemingly gives TLC an idea to create a new spin-off for its popular reality TV series "90 Day Fiance". On Thursday, April 2, the network announced "90 Day Fiance: Self-Quarantined", a limited series that features cast members from across the reality series franchise filming themselves during self-isolation.
"For the couples featured across the '90 Day Fiance' franchise, their relationships have been tested by distance, cultural and religious differences, skeptical families, language barriers and much more. Now, like the rest of the world, their lives and love are facing an unfathomable challenge of the global coronavirus pandemic," TLC said in a press release.
"Over the past six years, TLC has traversed 34 countries around the globe to capture couples as they've battled distance and obstacles along their path to love, but like the rest of us, they've never endured a challenge quite like this," Howard Lee, president and general manager of TLC, said in a statement.
He added, "So many fans have been curious about how their favorite couples and individuals are holding up during the crisis, so we've asked them to self-film and share their lives in quarantine with all of us. Their stories hold a lens to the world, from anxiety and cabin fever to laughter and inspiration. We're humbled and pleased they've opened their hearts and homes to TLC audiences during this unprecedented time."
Lee assured that everyone will still practice social distancing while working. "Our crew is not near them physically at all. They will be helping them remotely," he explained. However, since the footage was filmed by the cast members themselves, Lee noted that this series may 'look very hot-off-the-press. It will look like the paint has not dried. I think our audience is incredibly forgiving right now, and I'm hoping that they accept the way it looks. It will be messy!"
Among the returning couples are Darcey and Jesse, Pedro and Chantel, Colt and Debbie, Corey and Evelin, Tiffany and Ronald, Narkyia and Lowo as well as Brett and Daya. Joining them are Benjamin and Akinyi, Patrick, Elizabeth and Andrei, Anna and Mursel and more.
The five-episode limited series is set to premiere on Monday, April 20 at 9 P.M. on TLC.