Amid rumours of a one-location filming for the new season of The Bachelorette, here’s what will happen of The Bachelor Season 25, starring Matt James, as the pandemic puts the show’s production to a halt.
Earlier last month, ABC announced that The Bachelor Season 25 would have the first ever bachelor of colour, a news that was received by fans of Bachelor Nation with a lot of excitement, and “finally!” The franchise has received backlash through the years for the lack of diversity in their shows, and there has been no effort from the show-runners to change that. But that is not the case anymore!
- Casa Bachelor won’t be seeing visitors this year
- Why this could be a hard season for Matt James
- Is The Bachelor season 25 premiering on the first Monday of 2021?
Unlike most bachelors, Matt James wasn’t selected from the contestants on the previous seasons of The Bachelorette, a rule the series has always followed. Matt was also originally cast as a suitor for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette but was soon recast and given his own show.
Fans were super excited to see Matt as the star in The Bachelor season 25, but with the pandemic pausing television productions across the world, including ABC’s The Bachelorette, The Bachelor series too has found itself in a pre-production limbo. Let’s see what this means for the future of the franchise.
Casa Bachelor won’t be seeing visitors this year
The Bachelor and Bachelorette series have been well-known for their extravagant dates, international travel surprises and of course, hometown dates where the bachelor or bachelorette visit their suitors family! Each date is designed to suit or challenge the contestants, and towards the last few weeks, there’s a lot of travel involved.
But unfortunately, the pandemic has ensured that the Bachelor Mansion doesn’t meet its visitors at all this year. Blogger Stephen Carbone, who runs the website “RealitySteve.com”, and is famously known for his accurate Bachelor Nation news, reported that the franchise aims at adopting a new, one-location filming format and will film at the luxurious La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, in mid-July, after the cast is quarantined in Palm Spring for a week.
The resort is supposed to be 100% exclusive for the show, which means that all cocktail parties, rose ceremonies and dates will happen in one single location.
Bachelors In Paradise is also filmed in a single location but the dates have always been outdoors! If The Bachelorette does go ahead with the one-filming location format, The Bachelor is sure to follow in the same footsteps.
Why this could be a pressurising season for Matt James
Eighteen years later, the franchise has finally cast their first ever bachelor of colour. While this decision is monumental and calls for an applause (better late than never), the show-runners will have to work twice as hard to make sure that season 25 is a successful one, especially now, when they’re in a tougher spot and will most likely have to resort to a one-location filming schedule. There’s no helicopter date to save the day this time, either!
Fans are excited to see Matt James as the bachelor, but the network must make sure that the season is fun — after two consecutively boring and disappointing seasons that starred Colton Underwood and Peter Weber aka Pilot Pete.
Another factor that has been concerning fans, is that Matt is the roommate, friend and business partner of Tyler Cameron, a contestant who rose to fame on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. The show-runners should know better than to bank on his fame, and not let anyone steal the show, because this is Matt’s chance to find love, after all.
Is The Bachelor season 25 premiering on the first Monday of 2021?
There’s no solid schedule yet, as production for most shows have been postponed during the pandemic. Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is on a hold for now, but filming her season when the shutdown ends is the franchise’s top priority, according to host Chris Harrison. In fact, the show is so late on schedule that the new contestants for Clare’s season were finally revealed yesterday.
Click here to know more on the schedule and what’ll happen to the show during the pandemic!
Some good news for Bachelor Nation came in when ABC’s programming executive Robb Mills finally declared that the schedule for The Bachelor will remain unchanged.
“We’re hoping to start on time which will be the end of September and we’ll see where the world is,” Rob added. “Hopefully that’s when we would be at The Bachelor mansion. Maybe there’s some travel. Maybe it’s just domestic. Maybe it’s by bus, but we’ll see.”
While January 2021 is in the distant future, maybe, just maybe, we have something to look forward to until then. We just hope that it is worth the wait.
Would you rather wait until later next year to watch the show at the Bachelor Mansion or are you excited to see their new format with The Bachelorette? Let us know in the comments!