Marriage gets ‘Stranger’ on Fox show

Network picks up pilot of matchmaking skein

Fox is plotting to play matchmaker to a couple of marriage-starved strangers.

Net has picked up the pilot “I Married a Stranger,” from A. Smith and Co., the shingle behind “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares.”

Production has already been completed on the pilot, which centers on a woman who is in her late 30s and is eager to get hitched. A group of friends and family are presented with five eligible men, and the group slowly picks off the guys until one is left standing.

As each man is booted out, the bride-to-be gets her first look (“Dating Game” style) at who she won’t be marrying. By the end of the episode, she finally meets the guy she’s going to marry — and the ceremony is held. Each week focuses on another potential coupling.

Fox is no stranger to marriage skeins, having been behind “Married by America” and the special “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire.”

But insiders promise that “Stranger” isn’t as loud as those notorious programs, but instead spends a great deal of time on backstory and learning what brought the bride-to-be to this point.

A. Smith principal Arthur Smith will exec produce, along with the company’s Kent Weed. Scott Jeffress (“A Shot at Love”) will also exec produce.

A. Smith’s other credits include “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” and “Crash Course,” both of which air on ABC this summer, as well as “Pros vs. Joes” and “Trading Spaces.”

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