UnReal has found its next suitor.
B.J. Britt of Agents of SHIELD and Being Mary Jane is set to play Darius Hill, a pro football player looking to rehab his image with some televised romance, on the second season of Lifetime’s reality-TV satire.
By featuring a black suitor on Everlasting, the Bachelor-esque show-within-a-show on UnReal, the Lifetime series is going where ABC hasn’t yet dared: There has never been a black bachelor in 20 seasons, nor a black bachelorette in 11 seasons of The Bachelorette.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s press tour last week, the producers of UnReal underlined their interest in exploring issues of race, “the elephant in the room,” in the upcoming season.
“In an era when driving while black is dangerous, there are few things more pressing than this conversation,” said executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who used to work on The Bachelor. “We don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel. We really want to keep talking about stuff that we’re incredibly passionate about and we think is important.”
Days later at TCA, EW’s own James Hibberd asked ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee why there hasn’t been a black bachelor yet.
“Were doing a whole lot of tweaks,” Lee said, adding that he’d be “very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer wasn’t diverse.”
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UnReal is also expected to return in the summer.