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The series revolves around a bachelor who chooses a potential wife from among 25 women. The show follows the bachelor as he goes on a series of dates with the women, some of them group dates, some one-on-one dates. On each episode women are eliminated, generally during the rose ceremony at the end of the episode, but sometimes on the dates (during what are called "elimination d more
...ates"). The process culminates towards the end of the season with a few of the women going on overnight dates, and meetings between the bachelor, the women, and their respective families. At the end of the show, the bachelor chooses one woman with whom he would like to continue a relationship. Sometimes he proposes marriage, sometimes other levels of commitment. The runner-up from the first season, Trista Rehn, later starred in The Bachelorette, a spin-off program in which the format is gender-reversed.
 
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'The Bachelor' Senior Citizen Spinoff Still in the Works at ABC (Exclusive)

“The Bachelor” franchise has had 40 seasons of its two flagship dating shows and spawned a number of spinoffs from “Bachelor in Paradise” to the raunchier “Bachelor Pad” to a romantic singing competition show and even a Winter Olympics-inspired series. All of those shows have one thing in common, which is the cast members are typically in their 20s. But that could all change with a new spinoff that Variety hears is a hot idea at the network: a senior c... more Comments

'The Bachelorette' Set to Resume Production (Exclusive)

“The Bachelorette” is heading back into production, Variety has learned exclusively. While no exact start date set, the ABC reality dating show will be revving up imminently — with heavy-duty safety precautions placed on the production, due to concerns surrounding coronavirus. “The Bachelorette” will mark the first major show to head back into production in the United States, following the industry-wide shutdown due to the pandemic. ... more Comments

Rachel Lindsay Urges 'Bachelor' Franchise to Address Its 'Systemic Racism' in Personal Blog Post

Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is speaking directly to the “Bachelor” franchise about “acknowledging their systemic racism” in a heartfelt essay posted to her blog Monday. The message, which was published to her website RachelLindsayOfficial.com under the blog section “Honestly Rach,” elaborates on statements Lindsay made last week during a virtual interview for “AfterBuzz” in which she vowed to quit the “Bach... more Comments

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart Premiere: Did the New Music-Themed Spinoff Hit All the Right Notes?

A new spinoff of The Bachelor puts a musical twist on the familiar dating show formula, with aspiring musicians competing to find love and achieve stardom… but is it all just a little too “Shallow”? Yes, the spirit of A Star Is Born looms large over The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, with the contestants all looking to find that Jackson-and-Ally chemistry with someone special. (But they know that mov... more Comments

TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Spinoff 'Listen to Your Heart' Off to Slow Start

The Latest “Bachelor” spinoff “Listen to Your Heart” got off to a relatively slow start on Monday night, up against stiff competition like “The Voice” on NBC and “9-1-1” and a “Tiger King” special on Fox. “Listen to Your Heart” debuted to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and just under 3 million total viewers. For comparison, the most recent season of “The Bachelor” averaged a 1.8 rating and 6.4 million Liv... more Comments

'The Bachelor' Star Colton Underwood on Coronavirus, His Sexuality & Peter's Dramatic Season

Nearly two weeks after revealing he tested positive for Covid-19, “The Bachelor” star Colton Underwood is well on the road to recovery. “I feel so much better,” Underwood said Tuesday on “Variety Live” on Instagram. “I was very lucky and fortunate that the medicine worked for me and all of my symptoms were manageable from home. It got scary for a few days, but overall, I’m very lucky and very fortunate that I’ve... more Comments

Bachelor Breakup: Peter Weber and Madison Prewett Call It Quits Just Days After Live Finale - Read Statement

Yet another of Pilot Pete’s relationships has nosedived. Just days after the live Bachelor finale, during which Peter Weber revealed he still had feelings for runner-up Madison Prewett, the two have announced that they’re going their separate ways. “I want to start by acknowledging the incredible group of women that I had the privilege of getting to know this season,” Weber wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday night. “... more Comments

Bachelor Finale Recap: Which Girl Is Peter's Mom Begging Him to Choose?

The Bachelor kicked off a two-part finale on Monday night with Peter still deciding between Hannah Ann and Madison… and his mom clearly has a favorite. Fresh off dumping Victoria F. last week — poor girl got dumped during the “Women Tell All” reunion! — Peter still can’t make up his mind between his final two ladies (of course), so he zips off to the Australian outback and checks in with his family. He actually... more Comments

'The Bachelorette': ABC's New Leading Lady Revealed With Groundbreaking Pick

The finale for the current season of “The Bachelor” is still one week away, but the new star of “The Bachelorette” has already been revealed. Clare Crawley, a 38-year-old hair stylist from Sacramento, Calif., will lead “The Bachelorette” franchise during its 16th season. Crawley, announcing the... more Comments

TV Ratings: 'Little Big Shots' Returns to Series Low Viewership, 'The Bachelor' Wins Monday

Melissa McCarthy kicked off her “Little Big Shots” hosting gig on Monday night, after replacing Steve Harvey who served as MC for the first three seasons. However, the season 4 premiere drew the show’s smallest ever viewership. Behind the season 18 premiere of “The Voice,” “Little Big Shots” came in at a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 4.9 milli... more Comments

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