’90 Day Fiancé’: How TLC Chooses Couples to Cast

by Jeremy Spirogis
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90 Day Fiancé is thought for having one of many extra various actuality TV casts. People from throughout, with a lot of completely different backgrounds, are featured on the present. In reality, the present wasn’t initially going to be referred to as 90 Day Fiancé. It was going to be referred to as “one thing like International Love,” government producer Matt Sharp advised Kate Casey on her podcast, Reality Life.

Matt Sharp of '90 Day Fiance' franchise, Molly Hopkins, Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield of '90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?'
Matt Sharp of ’90 Day Fiance’ franchise, Molly Hopkins, Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield of ’90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?’ | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery, Inc.

But after purchasing the present round to a number of completely different networks and getting no bites, the title and premise of the present modified. Eventually, the staff landed on 90 Day Fiancé and specializing in {couples} who had been coping with the Okay-1 visa course of.

How TLC finds ’90 Day Fiancé’ {couples}

There’s one main rule for casting 90 Day Fiancé {couples}: They should be “very much in the queue for a visa already,” in keeping with Sharp.

At the 2018 TCA press tour, he echoed the identical sentiment.

“We’re not involved in the immigration process. We find couples for the show that are already in the process,” he mentioned. “It’s an authentic process. These are couples who are in love and going through this process. We don’t put people together. Everyone we feature on the show, they found themselves organically.”

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When casting 90 Day Fiancé {couples}, TLC appeared to Teen Mom for inspiration. They needed to create a present that’s “super authentic.”

“We all the time needed this to be a brilliant genuine, warts and all, take a look at love on this superb world, very uncooked, the producers we introduced in… loads of them got here from the Teen Mom world,” Sharp mentioned on the podcast. “There’s an authenticity to that show, too.”

Sharp mentioned he needed 90 Day Fiancé to spark discussions amongst folks following alongside at dwelling.

“We wanted to do something that didn’t just show one side of love. We wanted to do a show where it’s not black and white. There’s actually a debate on the couches of America. We’re not looking for villains or heroes; We’re looking for real people with interesting backgrounds and stories and potentially interesting situations,” he mentioned.

Many ’90 Day Fiancé’ {couples} are nonetheless collectively

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While 90 Day Fiancé is known for its dramatics, the {couples} even have a fairly excessive success charge.

“Our batting common on this present is that out of each 25 {couples} on 90 Day Fiancé, we’ve solely had three divorces,” Sharp mentioned at TCA in 2018. “That’s less than 10% and the current U.S. (divorce) rate is over 40%. It’s one of the reasons why people love this show, it’s so unexpected.”

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