Just when you thought dating shows couldn’t get any wilder, along comes Labor of Love, a new US dating program that sees 15 men compete to impregnate one woman.
“Skip the dating and go straight to baby-making,” reads the questionable tagline for the show, which is hosted by Sex and the City star Kristin Davis.
Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that direct, but the concept is pretty out there no matter how you go about it.
The show sees 41-year-old divorcee Kristy Katzmann, who is on the hunt for a man to have a baby with, presented with 15 potential baby-daddies who will compete for her attention.
A successful career woman in her own right, Katzmann isn’t necessarily looking to be swept off her feet by a new romantic partner.
Actually, she’s more interested in these guys’ sperm counts, lifestyle choices and parenting potential than whether they’re made out of boyfriend material.
Meanwhile all the blokes — nicknamed “dad-chelors” — must take part in parenting-themed dates and challenges to prove to Katzmann that they’re the ideal dad-to-be for her future kids.
Oh, and they’re all doctors, fire men and other things like that. Because of course they are.
Though the show certainly isn’t unthinkable, given how much dating-themed reality TV exists these days, viewers in the US have been divided by Labor of Love.
Some are hailing it as the latest addition to the wild world of dating TV, while others insist it’s taken things just a step too far.
“I thought the Bachelor was the lowest we could go, but FOX, you have proven we hadn’t hit the bottom of the barrel yet,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“I don’t think this is the best way to bring a baby into this world,” one cautious viewer added.
Others branded the show “terrible”, “disgraceful”, “horrifying” and “appalling”, stirring up even more controversy online as people debate how it even got greenlit.
But according to Kristin Davis, this kind of discussion was the whole point of the show.
She told ET Online that it was meant to “open up this conversation about people waiting in life to have babies and get married”.
Um, if you say so.
So far the programme isn’t set to air in Australia, but several clips have appeared online as fans and critics alike comment on the odd antics of the show.