For better or for worse, this year was already going to be a big one in the Bachelor universe. Coming up, we have: The Bachelorette, (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, (opens in new tab) Bachelor In Paradise, (opens in new tab) and Bachelor Summer Games (opens in new tab)—and if you hadn't already canceled all your 2020 plans to watch hours upon hours of morally questionable reality television, wait 'til you hear this. A Bachelor promo that aired during this week's Fantasy Suite episode (opens in new tab) called out across the land for "seniors looking for love," and an ABC casting page confirmed that a "golden years" version of The Bachelor is in the works.
What We Know About The "Golden Years" Show
Please allow me to quote:
Now casting Seniors Looking for Love! Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The Producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS for a new exciting dating show!
Here's the promo in question:
THAT’S IT ... I’m nominating my mom #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/63pQDfhMJ3February 25, 2020
If Nick Viall has proven anything, it's that the passing of time nor multiple rejections of marriage proposals need not stop anyone from trying to find love in The Bachelor universe over and over again. I'm picturing some fan favorites—Viall! Ben Higgins! Andi Dorfman!—returning in 30 years, complete with some more wrinkles and many more intros about how their Heart is Still Open to Love.
But in the meantime, I guess we'll have...this show, tentatively titled Golden Years (oh God), per The Hollywood Reporter.
Golden Years has been in the works for a while.
A Bachelor producer also posted this last month:
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People have...a lot of feelings about it.
They just aired a casting call for “The Bachelor but for seniors” so I grabbed my phone to troll my mom and SHE BEAT ME TO IT pic.twitter.com/3MM2Lq6wxGFebruary 25, 2020
Me about to secretly sign my grandpa up for the Bachelor for Seniors #TheBachlor pic.twitter.com/cUMDEluSUuFebruary 25, 2020
The Bachelor is casting for seniors looking for love. And when they mean senior, they mean women over 30 #TheBachelorFebruary 25, 2020
I’m sorry did they just say nominate SENIORS for bachelor casting #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/weKcGj10swFebruary 25, 2020
You know who’s applying for Seniors Bachelor? #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/JNj2rXscjZFebruary 25, 2020
They say that change is the only constant, but year after year, the relentlessly cheesy The Bachelor universe proves to be, in fact, the only constant. Amen.
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