A new WE tv dating show figured out a way to upstage The Bachelor by offering someone the ABC show can’t – a single black man.
Match Made in Heaven, which premieres Feb. 4, will focus on “millionaire” Shawn Bullard as he searches for a mate with the help of Pastor Ken Johnson, the spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts.
Johnson will help Bullard, who works in real estate, choose from one of 24 women who will live in the same house during the duration of the eight-week show.
Here’s the show’s official description from WE tv: “Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn’s choices, but when his very outspoken mother moves in, she too has a say on who could potentially be her daughter-in-law. While some ladies are sane and sweet, others are downright devilish leading to plenty of drama and bad behavior.”
After 19 seasons on ABC, The Bachelor has yet to cast a black bachelor, though it did feature the first Latino, Juan Pablo Galavis, last year.
In 2012, two African-American men sued The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for a lack of diversity. The suit was dismissed.
Match Made in Heaven premieres Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on WE tv.