New year. New set of single people who have somehow agreed to exchange vows with someone to whom they were introduced mere months prior.
Indeed, Married at First Sight Season 8 premieres on January 1 at 10/9pm on Lifetime and the network has released promotional photos of all four couples at the center of this controversial reality series.
Which will defy the odds and remain together, despite the unusual way in which they met?
And which will go the way of this Season 7 couple and file for divorce shortly after filming ends?
We don't know yet.
But we do know a little bit about each pairing. Let's get to know them a bit better, shall we?
Let's start with Will Guess and Jasmine McGriff:
McGriff, is 29 years old and was was raised in a traditional household with very traditional gender roles.
According to Lifetime, she hails from a tight family; she owns her own home; she and is on the verge of a big work promotion.
Guess is q 37-year old who was raised by his mother.
He thinks marriage is the overall goal for one to achieve in life -- and he's emotionally, financially and mentally prepared to find his partner.
Will is one of the few single friends among his peer group, yet he enjoys spending time with the married twosome because he gains insight into what's ahead for him.
And now for Luke Cuccurullo and Kate Sisk:
Cuccurullo’s parents got divorced when he was just a child.
Although he remains close with his mom, he rarely talks to his dad.
Due to his upbringing, the engineer tells Lifetime he determined to find “The One.”
Oh, and he’s an avid cook and also loves going outside of his comfort zone.
As for Sisk? She comes from a tight-knit family with two brothers -- and her parents divorced just last year.
Still healing from this split, Sisk is pessimistic about love... but remains hopeful that she’ll find the right person for her at some point. Maybe now!
And now for Keith Dewar and Kristine Killingsworth:
Keith was mainly raised mainly by his grandmother and is considered a gentleman who yearns to find a partner that is his equal, someone willing to compromise and support him.
Dewar is a patient-care technician who specializes in kidney dialysis and adores being a rock for his sick patients.
Killingsworth’s parents, meanwhile, have been married for more than 35 years, through many ups and just as many downs.
She's a real estate agent and she hopes to find the “gold standard," just her parents managed to do.
Killingsworth says she's very comfortable in her own skin and can't wait to find a man who is similar.
And this brings us to AJ Vollmoeller and Stephanie Sersen:
Vollmoeller is a New York native and also an only child; his parents recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year after meeting in high school.
He works as the President and CEO of Future Force Talent Connection and has mostly accomplished his professional goals.
However, he's eager to find a partner to share in his success.
An avid foodie and adrenaline junkie, Vollmoeller failed to accomplish this task online and is taking a chance with Married at First Sight after being recommended by a friend.
For her part, Sersen is similarly inspired by her parents’ three-decade-long marriage and wants to find a man like her dad.
At 35 years old, she’s ready to settle down and start a family.
This is someone who loves to travel and hopes she finds a soulmate with whom she can share experiences the globe.
As we promised with last week's 90 Day Fiance sneak peeks, there were some huge fights among a few of the couples.
If you need a reminder of exactly what went down, we have the scoop.
More than one fiancee was reconsidering the idea of getting married at all. ...
First up, there's Kalani and Asuelu.
As we showed you in last week's sneak peek, Asuelu tried to comfort baby Oliver by removing him from his car seat.
Car seats are vital for a baby's safety in any vehicle, and Kalani was understandably upset that Asuelu didn't know this.
On Sunday's new episode, we saw that their spat was followed by an awkwad silence.
They had been driving to their new home in Utah, but ended up stopping at a motel for the night.
Kalani confesses that seeing Asuelu do something stupid and dangerous with the baby, even with good intentions, worried her.
She reveals that she is having second thoughts about the marriage. Her child, correctly, comes first.
In last week's sneak peek, we also showed you that Fernanda and Jonathan had a huge fight.
Fernanda emerged from the club bathroom to find Jonathan dancing with another woman.
She freaked out and ended up storming out to the parking lot, her mind swimming with second thoughts.
Remember, she uprooted her entire life to be with a man 13 years her senior.
Jonathan, who was clearly intoxicated, was unable to calm her, and he told her that he worried that she could get her visa revoked if she gets into trouble for blowing up like that.
Fernanda -- who is 19 years old and understandably emotional -- says that if he would put her in that situation, she'd rather go back home anyway.
Olga and Steven had their baby ... and started fighting before they even left the hospital room.
We have to be honest -- scenes with these two can make you on edge. They seem so hostile with each other.
Steven is overly impatient with Olga, which is incredibly rude, and he demands that she hurry up as they prepare to go home.
(Seriously, who talks like this to another human being, let alone the mother of his child?)
Olga questions Steven about how recently he washed his hands before he holds the baby, which makes him even angrier.
Steven explains to the camera that he comes from an angry family and he doesn't want to be spoken to like Olga was speaking to him.
We hope that, in watching the episode, he realized that Olga wasn't the bad guy in that hospital room. Yikes.
In real life, Larissa was arrested for domestic battery last week. On the show, she's barely arrived in Vegas.
But it's clearly been long enough for Colt to propose, and that he did ... at the top of the Stratosphere, one of the city's tallest buildings.
"I’m deadly afraid from high places," Larissa said to the camera. "I don’t know why Colt had the brilliant idea to bring me to the most highest place in Vegas."
She warns that she may end oup vomiting.
When he actually drops to one knee and proposes, however, Larissa is thrilled.
"I think that was amazing. I did not expect that Colt would do something like that,” Larissa gushed.
“I feel really happy that Colt give to me a beautiful surprise," she says.
Jay had a couple of rude awakenings, though Ashley did not cause them.
See, Ashley lives in a community that is a whopping 80% white. Jay has been noticing the stares.
"Why do white people always think a black person is bad?” Jay asked Ashley. “It makes no sense."
And obviously 90 Day Fiance did not have time for anyone to explain the centuries of propaganda, from minstrel shows to jarring news reports, that keep people ignorant and hateful.
Jay stopped by a barbershop to get his hair cut, hoping to make some new friends.
Upon learning that he was 20 years old and preparing to get married, they (understandably) warned him that he's too young to tie the knot.
"I love Ashley and there isn’t a part of me at this moment that is thinking that I’m giving up a lot," Jay confessed.
He then admitted: "I could come to the U.S. and live with her, I wouldn’t be marrying her."
Remember how much Leida hates Eric's apartment?
Well, Leida's family feels the exact same way.
Not only do they believe that she and Eric should upgrade, but her dad is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
He offered to pay for the first few months of rent at a new, larger apartment, but Eric turned him down.
As Leida explains, Eric wants to show her family that he's not just looking for a handout.
Eric wants to provide for Leida and for Alessandro, but he wants to do it himself.
That said, Leida has her doubts.
"Eric failed me," she admits. "And I don’t think that I’m ready to get married with Eric."
In case you somehow had not heard, Tristan Thompson is a total pumpkin eater.
The guy has cheated a lot, is what we're saying.
And Sunday night's new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians focused on the fallout from the basketball player's unethical actions.
“This is crazy,” said Khloe to Tristan upon seeing him in person for what appeared to be the first time since his infidelity scandal broke.
And by broke, we mean it went crazy viral and the entire world found out he had been sleeping with woman behind Khloe's back.
While was pregnant.
The interactions between Khloe and Tristan continue to get crazier and more awkward on this installment once Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner arrived.
Inside the hospital room -- because Khloe discovered Tristan was a cheater TWO DAYS BEFORE GOING INTO LABOR -- tensions were clearly high.
Everyone tried very hard not to mention the fact that they had seen literal video evidence of Thompson kissing other women.
At one point, Kim was standing behind Tristan and menacingly sliced her finger across her neck, as you can see in the clip below.
Yes, she and her loved ones played nice in front of their sister, who wanted a peaceful delivery, but it was often a challenge not to basically attack Thompson.
"This is something I've been waiting for my entire life," Khloe told the camera of having a child, adding:
"I don't want to take away anything from this moment, and I have always been a believer of 'Don't make permanent decisions off temporary emotions.'
"I want to experience this magical moment, and I want this for me and my daughter and for him at the end of the day."
Eventually, with her strong mother pushing through the pain, True Thompson was born.
We got to witness her first few moments of life, along with a quick kiss between her parents.
Khloe commented on her amicable attitude toward her cheating boyfriend in a testimonial saying:
“With Tristan, my focus is not whether we’re going to be together or not. My focus is on my daughter and … seeing him be a really great father to her.”
Which is not to say there wasn't a lot of anger on her part.
While still in the hospital, Khloe vented to her sisters at one point as follows:
“It’s a lot harder to filter through this stuff when it’s so public and when I gave birth the following day.
"Everyone is giving you their opinions and their input and their own unsolicited advice.”
She commented that she felt the “doctors and nurses” knew what was going on and called the whole phenomenon “humiliating.”
We seriously can only imagine.
A few days after the birth, Kim, Kourtney and Kris had a serious off-camera family discussion with Thompson.
“He was very remorseful," Kris claimed of her quasi son-in-law, but Kim wasn't so certain.
"I think he’s more embarrassed that he looks stupid," she said, while both sides wondered how many more women would be revealed as Thompson mistresses.
We were also taken back to Kim's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, during which she referred to Tristan’s affair as “so f–ked up."
She then made a point to call Khloe (something we did not previously know) and give her a heads-up about her statement.
Khloe replied: “I mean, it is f-cked up and he’s a complete piece of sh-t."
Finally, while speaking with Kourtney, Kim vented that Tristan had called her “an instigator” for going on Ellen.
He really did have that kind of nerve!
“I unfollowed him on Instagram. … I’m like done. Done with him. Over it," she said.
The episode concluded up with Kourtney showing sympathy for her sister’s turmoil, commenting that she’d “been there” with Scott Disick.
Kind of. Sort of. We never thought we'd say this, but:
Tristan Thompson makes Scott Disick look like a responsible saint.
The new CBS television show Star Trek: Discovery has already been renewed for a second season. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the hit science fiction show.
Even prior to knowing anything about the show, I knew that we were well in need of a new Star Trek series. My only question was why they put it out there on the internet through CBS All Access instead of going through a network channel. Having said that, after watching one of the latest episodes, there was no question. The new Star Trek series allows dropping of the F-bomb, which has never happened in the history of the network televised show. So there we have it – another mystery solved.
With regard to the new series, President of CBS Interactive, Marc DeBevoise said, “In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise. This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy.”
Have you been keeping up with the new Star Trek series? What are your thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery? Do you love it or hate it? Tell us why! Hit the comments below with your thoughts on the plot, cast, and characters involved in Star Trek: Discovery.
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