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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is getting his very own dating show on cable

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. jsleezer@kcstar.com

This could be must-see TV in Kansas City.

Deadline Hollywood reported Thursday that Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will be featured in a “dating competition series” on the E! network. It will be called “Catching Kelce,” will be filmed in Los Angeles and will be on air later this year.

Sounds a lot like “The Bachelor,” only there will be 50 women, one from each state, in “Catching Kelce.”

Deadline Hollywood said there will be a twist:

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While Kelce will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home along the way, the women are able to strategically decide who is attending the all-important group dates. The debate becomes: do you pick your friends and keep those loyalties strong, or choose the “weakest” contenders to make yourself stand out? Lines will be drawn and friendships will be tested as the women pick and choose who gets the extra time with this football superstar.

Melissa Graham, who is the gatekeeper of the Stargazing blog, said “The Bachelor” usually lets the man (or the show) picks who goes on dates.

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“On top of being a well-respected athlete, Travis has a fun-loving, over the top personality that draws people to him, and we are excited to give our viewers an up-close look at his search for love,” Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development for E!, told Deadline Hollywood.

The story says Kelce will rely on “famous friends” to help him decide the right woman.

Kelce’s manager, Aaron Eanes, told The Star that the show will be filed in March and won’t conflict with Kelce’s football-related activities. According to Eanes, Kelce required that the show be shot around his training schedule.

Here is a sampling of the reaction to the news of the show:

The Star’s Terez A. Paylor contributed to this report

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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