EXCLUSIVE: Matchmaking is a hot reality genre with such series as Bravo’s veteran Millionaire Matchmaker and NBC’s upcoming Ready For Love executive produced by Eva Longoria. VH1 is joining the trend with Making Mr. Right, which puts a twist on the matchmaking format. On the eight-episode show, which will premiere January 6, three single women pose as “expert matchmakers” to pull a ruse on 14 unsuspecting guys who think they’ve signed up for a show called Match Me If You Can. With the help of 15-year veteran matchmaker April Beyer,  the three women — Brittany Skipper, owner of a private event planning service; Lindsay Osborne, an experienced caterer; and Rachel Seeker, a construction contractor — pretend to work on finding these guys true love, but in reality are there to mold them into their own versions of “Mr. Right.”

Making Mr. Right is described as a real-life romantic comedy, the ultimate show-within-a-show detailing the process to find a perfect match. In it, the “matchmakers” will give the men makeovers and put them through a series of challenges designed to test not only their dating skills but also to reveal their flaws, coaching them and showing them what it takes to be the perfect partner. Romantic feelings between the “matchmakers” and their subjects may develop, and in the finale, the women reveal their true selves and hope their love is requited. Making Mr. Right is produced by High Noon Entertainment, with Pam Healey and Jim Berger executive producing, Fred Birckhead and Elayne Cilic co-executive producing and Dave Kuba as a consulting producer.