Married at First Sight is heading to Nashville for season 16.
Lifetime announced the premiere date this week, saying the relationship reality series will return on Jan. 4.
The new season features ten new singles, who marry a complete stranger, go on honeymoons and move in together as husband and wife during an 8-week social experiment. At the end of the eight weeks, the five couples must decide whether to stay together or divorce.
The network also shared a juicy detail about the new season, revealing one bride’s husband makes an “indecent proposal” to another man’s wife.
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Season 16 of Married at First Sight brings back longtime advisors — Pastor Cal and Dr. Pepper. They’re joined by author DeVon Franklin and Dr. Pia Holec, a psychotherapist who specializes in sex and couples therapy.
The new season will be supersized with 23-episodes, including three extra episodes called “Beyond Decision Day,” which follow the couples after their decisions. And Pastor Cal and Dr. Pepper will host a new digital series called MAFS: Relationship Rewind offerering their takes on the “most dramatic scene” of a just-aired episode.
Ahead of the season 16 premiere, Lifetime will air a MAFS: Matchmaking Special hosted by Kevin Frazier. It airs on Dec. 28 at 8/7c.
The following night on Dec. 29 at 8/7c, the MAFS: Kick-Off Special will debut, with Frazier discussing the five newly-matched Nashville couples with a panel of superfans. Additionally, former MAFS favorites will give updates about their relationships.
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Keshia Knight Pulliam is also returning for MAFS: The Afterparty, which airs after each episode.
Married at First Sight is produced by Kinetic Content. Executive producers are Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Montré Burton, Toni Gallagher and Erica Kessler from Kinetic Content and Amy Winter and Cat Rodriguez from Lifetime.
The series premieres Jan. 4 at 8/7c with an hour-long episode on Lifetime. Below are details on the five matched couples for season 16 of Married at First Sight:
Airris (39) – Software Engineer Instructor & Jasmine (32) – Competitive Cheerleading Coach
Airris undeniably knows he wants to have a strong, independent woman by his side. Earlier this year, Airris decided to change careers completely; he moved back to Tennessee, completed a software development boot camp, and now works as a software engineer instructor. He has taken the last few years to really focus on himself and wants to plant roots, start a family and looks forward to finding his wife.
Jasmine is more than ready to settle down and start a family. With a strong desire to find a partner she can cater to and grow old with, Jasmine admits her “picker” is off, and she easily falls in love with “potential.” Jasmine is in a space where she truly feels the only missing piece to her puzzle is her forever person and she hopes that this is her chance to finally find true, long-lasting love.
Christopher (36) – Business Coach & Nicole (32) – Senior Marketing Advisor
Christopher relocated from Chicago to Nashville three years ago for work and with the challenges of COVID, hasn’t had the easiest of times meeting people. Christopher is ready for marriage, excited about the next chapter and hopes the experts can help him find his one true love.
Nicole was a 30-year lifelong resident of New York City and had enough of the toxic energy and even more toxic dating scene, so she picked up and moved to Nashville for a change of pace and perspective. She moved there 4 weeks before a devastating tornado and 6 weeks before the world shut down for a pandemic, so she never really had a chance to enjoy Nashville and the people in her new city. Now she’s ready to focus on dating again and find true love.
Clint (40) – Account Executive and Gina (35) – Salon Owner
Clint is an adventurer at heart and is driven by his many passions and is looking for someone to share these adventures with and co-author their story together. A lifelong learner, Clint believes that to have anything done right, you must learn and listen to experts. He is ready to apply that same thought process to find a wife and put his fate in the matchmakers’ hands. Clint hopes that by blindly trusting them, he’ll meet the one.
After graduating, Gina decided to go back to school for her cosmetology license. She has since been working as a hairstylist for the past nine years and is in the process of expanding her salon business. Gina is well-known throughout the Nashville area and hopes to continue to grow in the beauty industry. After a brutal breakup four years ago, Gina decided to put a pause on dating in order to advance her career and refocus her priorities. Now that she has built a successful business, she is ready to put herself back in the relationship game. She has full faith that the experts can find her a man with whom she can dream, travel, and potentially build a family with.
Mack (34) – Director of Operations & Domynique (25) – Associate Sales Broker
Mack recently moved to Nashville to pursue new career opportunities and found himself with the best opportunity of all, finding a wife. He is ready to settle down and looking to start a family. He has always put his career first, but he is now looking to build a life with his forever partner.
Domynique’s education has afforded her the opportunity to excel in her career choice. Although Domynique hasn’t had many long-term relationships, she is confident she is ready for marriage. When she does date, it is with the intention of settling down and finding something meaningful. Unfortunately, the bar scene and dating apps are not working out for her as she doubts that is where she’ll meet her perfect match so she is excited to find out if her soulmate is out there.
Shaquille (31) – Executive Director & Kirsten (32) – Real Estate Agent
Shaquille feels as though he is ready for marriage because he is in a great spot in his career as well as his personal life. He is open-minded, ready for love, and willing to put his fate in the hands of the experts. Also, family, faith, support, and education is essential to Shaquille. He is ready to give marriage a fair shot.
Kirsten is the total package and is having a difficult time coming in contact with a man that meets her standards. She is not willing to settle for anything less than what she deserves and isn’t afraid to let them know it. Kirsten hopes the experts can find her a godly man who will not be scared of her success and is willing to grow with her. Kirsten hopes this experiment is the first step in making that dream a reality.