Bachelor in Paradise fans were devastated when the pandemic forced the show to cancel its 2020 season. Now, there is good news for 2021. Hope is renewed that Bachelor alums will head to the beach or at least somewhere that appears to be paradise. And, there’s nobody better to give the good news than one of the ABC execs, Robert Mills. He is actually the senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late-night programming at ABC Entertainment. Here’s what he had to say.
Robert Mills has high hopes Bachelor in Paradise will return summer 2021
Variety caught up with Robert Mills to get the scoop on the probability of Paradise making a summer comeback. ABC is determined to get Paradise back on track while many shows continue to shut down due to the coronavirus numbers increasing once again.
Mills said, “We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make Paradise work.” He continued, “Unless something horrendous happens, I feel very confident that ‘Paradise’ is coming back on this summer — how and where it’s going to be, it’s still to early to tell.”
The network can’t promise the show will film on the beaches of Mexico as it has for the past six seasons. However, they will do everything possible to create a romantic location for the guests. They are even considering another bubble where crew and cast live on site and quarantine. It worked for The Bachelorette and The Bachelor so it can definitely work for Bachelor in Paradise too.
Plans for Bachelor in Paradise
Mills pointed out the point of the show is for fan favorites to have a second chance at love. So, it may look a little different, but the overall feel will still be the same. Mills also said that the network takes pride in everyone loving The Bachelor franchise and now the goal is definitely to make Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 a reality.
He also said nobody officially has been asked to star on the upcoming season. Without a set location and timeframe they feel they can’t ask people to put their jobs and life on hold just yet. However, he did say there are few people he would love to see on Paradise. Some of those names are Peter Weber, Bennett Jordan and Ben Smith. Mills did point out there are so many contestants to choose from. The pool is overflowing with potential.
Since there are so many options for cast members, Mills says they will take a lot of consideration from fans. They want to know via Twitter, etc., who fans want to see try and find love once again.
The Bachelor for seniors
Fans remain ecstatic The Bachelorette and The Bachelor made it back to television. Now, they also have Bachelor in Paradise to look forward to. However, that’s not all! Mills also dished that ABC is also working hard to put the senior version of The Bachelor back on the table.
Mills said, “In addition to Paradise, the other thing we want to get serious about revisiting is the older Bachelor spinoff. We’re actively working on making it happen.” He also added every time they discuss this new show there is massive response for it.
If they can figure things out and the pandemic doesn’t mess with plans, fans could be seeing the new spin-off as soon as fall. It would likely take place between Paradise and The Bachelor.
So much to look forward to in Bachelor Nation. Everyone can’t wait to see host Chris Harrison greeting contestants at some hopefully tropical location. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Bachelor in Paradise without Wells Adams serving up drinks and listening to the drama.
Stay tuned for more updates.