ABC announced Tuesday that Matt James’ journey to find love will premiere on Jan. 4.
The historical 25th season, which features James, 28, as the franchise’s first Black male lead, began filming in September at a resort in Pennsylvania. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — and much like the current season of The Bachelorette — the resort in Pennsylvania was completely rented out and the entire cast and crew underwent a two-week quarantine after arriving.
ABC Entertainment’s Rob Mills previously teased James’ season as unpredictable.
“Matt is not on [this] season of The Bachelorette, and the reason why we take leads from a previous season is because you know them so well and we can predict which person he might like or not,” he told Variety. “But we just didn’t know at all, so it was really fun to watch him interact with everyone.”