That tremor you just felt in the ground that shook all the pictures off your wall was not an earthquake—it was the impact of the collective fans of ABC's The Bachelor having a glorious freakout over news that the show is getting a new spinoff.
OK, CALM DOWN FOR A SECOND. The show is going to be called Bachelor in Paradise and will feature a fancy tropical location, according to Entertainment Weekly: (Ohhh, South Burbank, maybe?)
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."
If this reminds you any way of Bachelor Pad it's because you are a crazy reality show-obsessed person who probably needs to stop DVRing so much TV and listen NPR for a change. Also, because this is pretty much a reboot of that show:
"I love Bachelor Pad," [Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss] 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."
Chris Harrison will reportedly host the new show, which should premiere after this summer season of The Bachelorette.
According to Entertainment weekly, ABC says the show "will bring back many of the Bachelor's fan favorites and villains to give them a second chance to find their soul mates." Not since William Butler Yeats penned The Sorrow of Love has there ever been a more beautiful collection of words strung together than that sentence.
By the way, at time I finished writing this article, the results of the poll on Entertainment Weekly's article asking "Will you watch 'Bachelor in Paradise'?" were an astounding 89.95% in favor of yes. Case closed—the show will exist and it will be a huge hit.
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