Has ABC cancelled the hit dating game show, ‘The Bachelor’?
Over the years, viewers have been receiving their regular dose of drama with everyone’s favourite dating reality show, ‘The Bachelor’. But, has ABC decided to pull the plug on the popular game show after 24 hugely successful seasons?
- Love is always in the air with ‘The Bachelor’!
- The drama never ends!
- Did ABC just cancel ‘The Bachelor’ after 24 seasons?
Love is always in the air with ‘The Bachelor’!
ABC’s drama dating game show, packed with a public display of affection, ‘The Bachelor‘, premiered in 2002. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the show promises the viewers a man’s journey to find true love on national television.
Every season sees an eligible bachelor finding his “soulmate” amongst a group of female contestants through a process of elimination. In the past 18 years, the series has become quite a phenomenon and has been adapted in various countries.
Even popular celebrities have not been able to escape ‘The Bachelor’ fever as Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, John Mayer, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron, Kaley Cuoco, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Radcliffe, Dakota Fanning, and so many others have all gone on record to profess their love for the series.
Creator Mike Fleiss never fails to deliver an emotional rollercoaster of a ride and, therefore, the show has been nothing short of a rating gold. With millions of viewers tuning in every season, the show has played a fundamental role in making American reality television a force to reckon with.
‘The Bachelor’ proved to be such a successful endeavour that it served as a backdoor for several popular spin-offs such as ‘The Bachelorette’, ‘Bachelor in Paradise’, ‘Bachelor Pad’, and more. Despite being a frequent subject of controversy, the show has done exceptionally well and has found an indubitable status in popular culture.
The drama never ends!
‘The Bachelor’ unofficially possesses a dramatic license and never shies away from using it. The series has, throughout its run, shown pretty much every conceivable scenario a dating program can possibly show and yet keeps coming up with more ways to keep the audiences intrigued.
Every season involves travelling to exotic locations, group dates, one-on-one dates, home week, catfights, PDA, and lots and lots and LOTS of roses. The idea is to find the right girl and propose to her at the end of the season, but that doesn’t always happen.
Out of all the bachelors, Jason Mesnick (of season 13 fame) and Sean Lowe (of season 17 fame) are the only ones who actually got married.
The show has received a lot of flack from people for not being authentic and developing a story largely through skilled editing, a fact admitted by Fleiss himself.
Former contestant, Megan Parris revealed in a 2009 interview,
“I don’t think [the producers] showed any real conversation I had with anyone … The viewers fail to realize that editing is what makes the show … You’ll hear someone make one comment and then they’ll show a clip of somebody’s face to make it look like that is their facial reaction to that statement, but really, somebody made that face the day before to something else. It’s just piecing things together to make a story”.
However, even with these occasional hiccups, the series has proven to be widely popular and has often been referred to as “a highly addictive guilty pleasure” by its viewers.
Will there be no season 25 after all?
To the delight of fans around the world, ABC has renewed ‘The Bachelor’ for another season. The last season saw commercial pilot Peter Weber’s unsuccessful stint as he was unable to find himself a partner on the show and was also criticised for his indecisiveness and lack of having much regard for the emotions of the top three contestants. He is currently in a relationship with Kelley Flanagan who came fifth on his season.
ABC is all set to deliver season 25 to fans as it announced in June 2020 that Matt James will be featuring as the first black bachelor ever on the show. ‘The Bachelor’ has always been in news for whitewashing, which is why this is history in the making here.
ABC has expressed the reasoning behind this decision saying,
“We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first black bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him”.
This has boosted the hype surrounding the show by leaps and bounds with fans now excited to see the line up of girls that this bachelor would be choosing from. So, are you excited for season 25 of ‘The Bachelor’?
Do you think the show getting a black bachelor is long overdue? Would you like to see a more diverse line up of girls in the upcoming season? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.