TLC’s hit show 90 Day Fiancé has been going strong for many years now. It’s documented successful couples, and couples who haven’t quite been able to make it work. And while the current season hasn’t been receiving as much fan adulation as past ones, it’s still getting its viewers. However, Peacock Productions, the NBC News company behind 90 Day Fiancé’s tell-all episodes, is facing a shutdown.
NBC News’ Peacock Productions to be shut down
Peacock Productions, the NBC News in-house production company, is slated to be shuttered. Peacock Productions has helped NBC make inroads into a variety of unscripted and documentary-style areas. Most recently, it was tied to Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact.
However, Peacock Productions has been credited with a variety of other works as well. The company has had a hand in American Swamp, Phelps vs. Shark, and even Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walk across the Chicago skyline. Peacock Productions also helped produce 90 Day Fiancé’s couples tell-all episodes.
As reported by Variety, Peacock Productions has been deemed no longer viable in the ever-changing media landscape. NBC News informed Variety, “NBC News is shuttering Peacock Productions, effective March 2. NBC News is shifting its documentary strategy to an entirely new model, consistent with industry trends, and unfortunately the existing operation is no longer viable. We are working with affected employees to help find positions around NBC Universal.”
A source informed Variety that the main issue for Peacock Productions has been the shift to streaming platforms. The viewer shift to on-demand viewing has meant fewer requests for non-fiction series by cable networks, which was the company’s main source of revenue.
Shuttering the company will affect 32 employees, who will hopefully find other positions with NBC’s various platforms and programs.
How will this affect ‘90 Day Fiancé’?
Luckily, it seems unlikely that shuttering Peacock Productions will have a major negative impact on 90 Day Fiancé. It seems as if the company was mainly responsible for producing the tell-all episodes, rather than the main bulk of each season’s episodes.
It seems likely that Sharp outsourced certain specials, like the tell-all episodes, to Peacock. Some fans have expressed hope that this means changes for the tell-alls.
One Reddit user wrote, “Wait, are you saying they contracted out the Tell Alls??? Maybe a new company would produce a better tell all!!!”
Another added, “Could start with finding a new host!”
The next season is on its way
Just in case you were still worried, rest assured that the next season of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days is still on the way.
Season 4 of the show is slated to premiere on February 23 at 8 p.m., EST. The trailer reveals that the new season will boast the first-ever same-sex couple on the show. Additionally, fans will see the return of Darcey Silva — who by now has become something of a mainstay in the series.
It seems as if Silva has unfinished business with Tom Brookes, though based on the trailer, it’s far from anything romantic. Fans will have to tune in and see what goes down.