Married at First Sight, produced by Kinetic Content, is returning to Lifetime in the US this summer for its ninth season.

The hit docuseries is heading to the Charlotte area, featuring singles who have agreed to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet, at the altar. A panel of experts – psychotherapist Dr. Viviana Coles, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson – will create what they believe are four compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking, and continue to counsel and mentor each set of newlyweds throughout the experiment. The ninth season of Married At First Sight moves to its new night, Wednesdays, premiering June 12 on Lifetime US.

The series captures each couple’s journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce?

Married at First Sight USA is produced by Kinetic Content, based on a format created by Snowman Productions. Executive producers for Married at First Sight are Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Ally Simpson and Jason Sands from Kinetic Content, and Gena McCarthy from Lifetime.

The Married at First Sight Season 9 Matchmaking Special airs Wednesday June 12 at 8pm, followed by a 2 hour premiere at 9pm et/pt US.

Distributed internationally by Red Arrow Studios International, the Married at First Sight format has sold to over 29 countries worldwide, including long-running seasons in the US (Lifetime), the UK (Channel 4), Germany (SAT.1), Denmark (DR) and Australia (Nine).