Ever since production on Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bachelor Nation fans and ABC execs alike have been eager for their next Bachelor fix. While The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart is currently airing, ABC is reportedly considering another option — a quarantine spinoff of The Bachelor to be filmed and released while we’re still in isolation.
So, a full season of Bachelor alums or influencer hopefuls entertaining us from their living rooms (or parents’ homes)? This will either be the funniest TV event of the year, or a total snoozefest, depending on how they format the interactions (they can always look to Netflix’s The Circle for tips). But ABC alternative boss Rob Mills insisted to Deadline that a quarantine spinoff could be the timely hook this franchise needs.
“The best thing about The Bachelor is its willingness to evolve as a format so if we need to shoot a cycle that reflects these times, that’s what we’re going to look at doing,” Mills said, adding that they’ve been referring to the project as Bachelor in Quarantine. (Fittingly, this spinoff will likely end up replacing a cancelled season of Bachelor in Paradise as well).
It’s unlikely, however, that a quarantine spinoff would replace Clare’s season as The Bachelorette, Mills assured fans. “We’re going to do her a season and it’s going to be fantastic. If she finds a person, then this all means it was all meant to be. We’ll be nimble.”
Without further details, it’s hard to know whether they could really pull this off with even half the drama of a real Bachelor season. But the truth is, we probably won’t be able to resist tuning in either way. ABC knows we want more Bachelor — in quarantine, we may just have to take what we can get.
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