A new announcement calls it “the greatest televised social experiment of our time,” but that’s according to CMT, which announced today that it is bringing back the show, “Wife Swap.”
CMT says the revival comes “just at the right time, as the country feels more divided than ever. CMT today announced a revival of the hit docuseries, which originally ran on ABC from 2004 through 2010. Two families from different walks of life will switch spouses and slowly learn to embrace their differences to come together and find common ground.”
The announcement adds: “The one-hour, 10-episode series spotlights two families from different geographical and social backgrounds that swap spouses; showcasing hot-button issues like politics, classism, gender and race with the end goal of everyone finding common ground. During each switch, the new spouses must at first adhere to exactly the same rules and lifestyle of the spouses being replaced, only to later establish their own rules. At the end, the two couples meet for the first time, where they discuss what they learned from the swap and what changes and new rules will remain once they return home.”
CMT notes in the announcement that the channel is coming off 15 consecutive months of year-over-year growth, including its highest-rated February in four years.
“Wife Swap” is produced by Banijay Studios North America with David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard as executive producers.