CBS picks up arranged-marriage series


The network has ordered a new series from Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves that places desperate singles into arranged marriages. The show introduces four adults 25-45 range who are anxious to get married but have so far had no luck in their search for a spouse. Friends and family select that spouse for them, and the newly paired couple exchange marital vows. The series revolves around their marriages.

The early working title is reportedly and simply, "Arranged Marriage."

Lipsitz and Cutforth also launched "Project Runway" on Bravo and produce "Top Chef."

It’s the second series greenlighted by CBS SVP/Reality Programming Jennifer Bresnan, after "Block Party."