As if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been tough enough, most reality TV shows have stopped production. Of course The Bachelor franchise is one of the most popular and is also on hold. Now, ABC exec Robert Mills is sharing some updates about the fate of everyone’s favorite Bachelor shows.
ABC exec shares Bachelor franchise fate
Variety shared details about what is to come for everyone’s favorite Bachelor shows. If things would not have been shut down by the pandemic, The Bachelorette would have been premiering May 18. Now, there is no date set as producers try to figure out how to resume production safely.
While there are no official confirmed dates, ABC exec Robert Mills assures fans Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette will happen. He said, “Clare’s season is happening one hundred percent.” It is looking more and more like Clare’s season will take place at one location. All the contestants would be confined to this quarantine type mansion or resort. Everything from introductions to the final rose ceremony would take place there.
If all goes according to plan and of course depending on government mandated stay-at-home orders, The Bachelorette could start filming this summer. If that happens the premiere would most likely be in the fall.
While The Bachelorette will still film at some point it looks like Bachelor in Paradise will not proceed this year. The Summer Games have already been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Well hello! Talk about most dramatic season ever! In all seriousness, Everyone’s health is the most important priority at this time, and as I’m sure you’ve heard, we are pressing pause for now on filming The Bachelorette. 🌹 We are taking it day by day and even hour by hour as this is so unpredictable. All I know for sure is that my heart is so full from all the love and support this far, and am still so excited for my journey to begin! I’ve waited 38 years for these moments, what’s a little bit longer, right! 😉❤️xoxo
What The Bachelorette might look like
As previously stated, The Bachelorette will most likely shoot within one location. No locations have been secured just yet. If this happens, all contestants will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the house or resort.
Mills said, “We’ve looked at everything — are travel restrictions going to ease up? And it just doesn’t look like anything is changing anytime soon, and what we would rather do is start getting the season underway, sooner rather than later. As of right now, the plan is to get a great location that has a ton of space where everybody could safely be together and we can still have great dates that still feel big and romantic, and we would shoot the entire season there.”
When asked about hometown dates, Mills said that is another aspect that is still being figured out. He did say they would try their best to still have over the top dates even if confined to one location. Since production was halted before the contestants were filmed, casting is still being done for Clare Crawley. With that said, some of the original cast selected may not be appearing.
Chris Harrison weighs in
Chris starts by saying nothing is certain with everything going on in the world. Plans are constantly changing as new mandates are released. He did say they are getting producers back to work. Chris said they can work from home to secure locations, etc.
He said, “It would be crazy for us to say that we know what anything is going to look like — not even television, I’m just talking the world in general. We don’t know when we come out of this, what it’s going to look like as far as getting back to social distancing, can you get 10 people in a control room? Can you get 20 people in a control room? How are we going to shoot this safely?”
They would like to still deliver Bachelor in Paradise, however, a trip to Mexico is unlikely. And, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette remain their priority.
Mills said, “We’re certainly discussing it and how it could work and if it could work, but we want to make sure that the next season of ‘The Bachelor’ stays on track because that’s something that everybody looks forward to at the beginning of the year. The goal is to make sure we absolutely have ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor,’ and then, if there’s a way to do ‘Bachelor In Paradise,’ we would love to do it.”
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.