Finally, some relief for fans who never forgave ABC for yanking Bachelor Pad from its summer lineup last year.
ABC is expected to launch a new franchise called Bachelor in Paradise, which shares some similarities to Pad but comes with a much nicer locale — a tropical port of call! Bachelor guru Mike Fleiss and Warner Horizon TV are the masterminds behind this latest iteration, which ABC says will bring back many of the Bachelor‘s fan favorites and villains to give them a second chance to find their soul mates.
Participants will live together in an “isolated romantic paradise” and over the course of six episodes, and then will get busy finding love… or at the very least a tropical hook-up. (Think Temptation Island meets Paradise Hotel.) Like the mothership, Bachelor in Paradise will feature a rose ceremony but ABC won’t say if someone will go home each week. Here’s what the network would say, via an official logline: “The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears we’ve come to expect from the Bachelor franchise. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer.”
Naturally, Chris Harrison will host. The show is expected to bow after the summer run of The Bachelorette.
Last year, Fleiss told Dalton Ross that he wanted to bring back Bachelor Pad to ABC’s summer lineup. “I love Bachelor Pad,” he told EW at the time. “I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while — let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer when it comes back… I have a good feeling it will be back next summer. I really wanted to give it a break because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the Pad.”