Who Knows If Bachelor Ben Is Going into Politics, But He's Definitely Returning to Reality TV

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Freeform announced Wednesday that former Bachelor Ben Higgins and his chosen Lauren Bushnell will be returning to the small screen, in a series they’re ominously titling Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After (at least Britney and Kevin: Chaotic was honest) chronicling the couple’s life now that they’re settled in Colorado.

As Freeform describes it:

The new reality series will follow the happy couple as they prepare to walk down the aisle and begin their brand-new life together while navigating the real world after the splendor of “The Bachelor”’s exotic dates and fantasy suites has ended.


Ah yes, the “real world,” as captured by a camera crew that arrives every day at a designated hour.

The pair further extrapolated on what we should expect to see on their show to Us Weekly:

“After you walk away from The Bachelor, it’s not like your life becomes private. People still find out what you’re doing, so it’s not changing our life to be public,” Higgins explains exclusively to Us Weekly about their decision to do the show.

Bushnell agrees. “We’re already used to sharing our lives with everyone else,” she says, “so we thought, Why not? It’s a fun way to share life after The Bachelor.”

Why not?!?!?!?! God, the list of reasons is so long: Nick and Jessica, Bethenny and Jason, Jon and Kate...you get it.

Higgins didn’t address whether or not he is indeed going to run for office, but he did say the show would cover their wedding planning, which has been “a whirlwind.”


It’s interesting to see this on Freeform, a channel currently attempting a rebrand (the name “ABC Family” didn’t quite fit with their content anymore). It’s obvious that a show about snoozemuffins Ben and Lauren wouldn’t have a place on ABC proper (both channels are under the Disney-ABC Television Group umbrella), but whether it’ll reach an audience that’s interested in watching them plan a wedding and Ben potentially run for local office remains doubtful. On a broader note, I for one find the increasingly blurry line between reality television and the political world both fitting and comforting.


Image via ABC.

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I love myself some Bachelor/Bachelor in Paradise and watch a disgusting amount of Freeform for a grown ass 29 year old, and even I won't be able to watch this. Lauren B literally has the personality of a brick wall. Every conversation they had on the show together consisted solely of them repeatedly telling each other how incredible it is to be around one another and how amazing and special each other was. We get it. Have a human conversation with some substance, I know it's the bachelor so I shouldn't expect much but they were torturous.