90 Day Fiance: The Other Way has been winding to a close with some epic crossover drama with another franchise star.
Now, the show is coming out with yet another spinoff series.
90 Day Fiance already has six spinoffs, for a total of seven shows. This will make series number eight.
After the almost comical ratings successes of both 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way and The Family Chantel, we expected an announcement like this.
But we have to say that we had not predicted the "twist" for this series.
We've been waiting for news like this
If you've followed our coverage of 90 Day Fiance and its growing legion of spinoffs, you know that we've suggested spinoffs before -- in particular, the idea of a series where established stars continue to try to find love.
Plenty of stars would take the gig
Not everyone ends up with their soulmate on these shows, but some stars are more willing than others to continue trying on televison -- for one very good reason: Money.
Some are just thirsty for fame
Not naming any names, but SOME people have already appeared with more than one partner in order to stay on the show.
There are already a bunch of spinoffs
And by the way, it's less than a month until the new season of "original recipe" 90 Day Fiance. Season 7 begins on November 3!
Happily Ever After?
This spinoff follows couples from the first show who DO get married. As viewers have seen, not all couples who make it to the altar stay together.
Before The 90 Days
This show follows couples in their courtships before the K-1 visa process begins. Usually, this includes the American traveling overseas to be with their significant other, but only as a temporary measure as they prepare to move to the US.
90 Day Fiance: What Now? follows alums of the series who aren't quite dramatic enough to remain stars on a show like Happily Ever After? ... but whose lives are interesting enough to fans that TLC gives out the occassional update on how they're doing.
This beloved fan-favorite features couples (and other stars) commenting on the other shows after they air. It's a great way for stars to remain part of the franchise without their lives drowning in turmoil.
The Other Way
This spinoff's first season was a smash hit, and follows Americans moving to other countries instead of the other way around.
The Family Chantel
With every member of Chantel and Pedro's families being dramatic, extra, and willing to air their nonsense on camera, they made perfect sense for a spinoff.
And oh by the way ...
Like The Other Way, The Family Chantel absolutely smashed viewership records from the very first episode.
So what kind of show is this?
According to Starcasm's report, the new show will be called 90 Day Fiance: College Edition. That's the tentative title, at least.
No, it's not about Anfisa
Yes, Anfisa Arkhipchenko Nava is currently a college student, but she's still married to Jorge ... who remains behind bars.
This show will feature brand new stars
Apparently, TLC and the production company are looking to cast college student couples who will soon graduate. One should be a US citizen while the other should be an international student.
The age range isn't TOO strict
Reportedly, producers are casting between the ages of 18 and 32. Some people get a late start on education, or have to go back and redo things.
The casting site states that producers specifically want "an international student graduation around December 2019 or a former international student whose OPT is expiring."
That will be a huge change in one major way
Don't get us wrong, 32 and 18 make a hefty age gap (though of course everyone in that range is an adult), but some of the 90 Day Fiance age differences have been a little extreme.
No more May-December romances
Not on "College Edition" or whatever they end up calling it, anyway. That doesn't mean that no one will be creepy, but for viewers uncomfortable with massive age gaps, it should bring a sigh of relief.
It still looks like they're seeking some desperate folks
Most people don't get married at college age. That's a great time for dating or just boning at will. But two college students in a serious relationship who worry that graduation means never seeing each other again? That could drive people to marriage.
Things could be even more desperate than that
Some wonder if this show may end up with a couple or two who are only doing this process so that one doesn't have to leave, not as a romance but as friends. That's not the intended use of marital visas, but some college students may be so hard up for cash that they agree to do the show even if they risk exposure. Could be interesting to watch.
Will this alienate some viewers?
Some 90 Day Fiance viewers are older and may not be interested in the love lives of younger Millennials or elder Gen Z. If they wanted to see that, they'd watch The CW.
But this has a lot of potential
After all, 90 Day Fiance is a huge hit. This show could even draw in new viewers.
And remember, people doubted The Other Way
Who was going to watch a show about people LEAVING the US? Well, everyone, it turns out. The show started off with good ratings and that viewership actually GREW during the season. If you're familiar with how television works, there is almost always a dropoff after the pilot.
This spinoff sounds really smart
It could snare a new demographic (one that gets better advertisers) and, when the cast will all be new stars, they can probably continue to pay shockingly little per episode. With returning stars who've been in the franchise for years, that is harder to do.