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Series follows marital bliss, busts

How will nine newlywed American couples survive through the years?

British director Michael Apted is reinventing his 7-Up documentary
style for an A&E Network series following nine diverse couples through the course of
their marriages.

In 7-Up, Apted tracked 14 British youths from age seven to adulthood.

For his latest project, Married in America, Apted picked American
couples who reflect demographic trends -including a biracial couple, a Southern
couple, a homosexual couple and a bireligious couple.

The first two-hour Married in America special, premiering on A&E
in the spring, will document the couples' weddings. Future specials will track
the couples' progress on biannual or annual visits.