And so they're hopeful that by coming on the show [...] maybe we can facilitate some kind of amicable exchange, that they can be heard, explain themselves in a more objective and non-judgmental way. Executive producer Tom Forman stresses that the TV version won't just tell "stories of deception. We found people who are exactly who they say they are. We find people who are willing to get past an initial deception and really do make a connection at the end — in person and in real life. So I think, when we set out, we really don't know how it's going to end: good, bad, or in the middle somewhere". Nursing student Sunny met and fell in love with model "Jamison" or "RJ" while chatting on Facebook, but they had never met in the eight months they had talked.So [the producers] orchestrate very delicately, and staying out of it as much as possible, a scenario by which [...] the hopeful reaches out to me [...]. [The hopeful has] no idea of course that the other person's already expressed interest in meeting. In January 2016, MTV began casting a proposed UK version of the show through online ads that do specifically target the catfish, not the hopeful: "Tired of keeping secrets from your online love? When Nev finally introduces Sunny to "Jamison", he turns out to be a girl named Chelsea, who originally created the profile for revenge on a former friend.Kim had been talking to Matt for over 10 years when she contacted Nev for help to meet him.She is in a relationship with a man named Scott, who knows about Matt.Nev and Max contact the other person to arrange a first-ever meeting between the two virtual lovers, then documents how both people are impacted.Whether or not two people are totally lying to each other and it turns out to be a huge disaster, that's only the first part of the story.
Some couples have been communicating for a few months—others, for years.Some of the show's casting calls do solicit stories from hopefuls, explained that despite the broadcast show being structured as a search by the hopeful for true identity of the catfish, it is usually the catfish who make the first contact with MTV.Producers then proceed to gather information about the deception from the catfish and contact the hopeful afterwards.Exotic dancer Shawnise aka Trina, met fellow exotic dancer Lee aka "Scorpio" on My Space and had been talking for over a year and never met.When Nev does some online investigating, he finds that the pictures of "Scorpio" belong to Larry Drummer, a model from Atlanta.