‘The Bachelor’ has been running longer than some of its fans have been alive for. After 24 seasons underway, and a lot of controversies along with it, is the popular reality show finally ending?
When ‘The Bachelor’ aired in 2002, it became a global success. 25 woman fighting for the heart of one man somehow made it a top contender for the best reality TV show and it has gone on to live its successful legacy for 24 seasons.
- What is ‘The Bachelor’ all about?
- ‘The Bachelor’ and the mess it has created
- ‘The Bachelor’ might not be coming back
But, recently, the coronavirus pandemic has made things a tad bit difficult for the TV and film industry with major shows getting cancelled or shelved indefinitely. The rumour is that ‘The Bachelor’ is one of the shows that is going off-air.
Has the time to say goodbye to ‘The Bachelor’ finally come?
What is ‘The Bachelor’ all about?
A dating reality series featuring a single man who is presented with an array of women to date for several weeks on television for the world to watch. Each weekend ends with a “rose ceremony”, in which the women who get to continue in the reality show are presented with flowers.
But the women who are left roseless have to leave the show. And, by the season finale, only two women remain, one of who will get the engagement ring and the other one will go home, crying with perfect makeup on.
The creators of the show make sure that the crying doesn’t go wasted and the last women crying could star in the spinoff series, ‘The Bachelorette’.
So, why is a show so popular and 24 seasons old, coming to an end?
‘The Bachelor’ and the mess it has created
A lot of reasons have been cited for the show receiving flack during its long run. With its premiere back in 2002, many viewers who first saw the show found the premise extraordinarily sexist and called the show out for it.
Women were represented as a mere commodity to discard as the show progressed. The look of the women was another point of criticism for the show. All of the contestants were mostly blond, skinny, and not an accurate representation of what women look like but of what they should aspire to be.
And, with that feedback, the show was also called out for its blatant lack of diversity. All the contestants on ‘The Bachelor’ and its spinoff show ‘The Bachelorette’ were white until, 18 years later, Matt James joined the show as the first black star of the show.
So, will the show be back?
‘The Bachelor’ might not be coming back
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, ‘The Bachelorette’ has halted its production indefinitely as confirmed by ABC. The network is instead coming out with a ten-episodes special looking back at 18 years of ‘The Bachelor’.
A lot of people have taken their thoughts online and tweeted, saying that they don’t need ‘The Bachelor’ to come back for another season. That might be the reason the network is investing in a ten-episode that involves footage from the previous seasons to keep the show fresh in the minds of its viewers.
But, even if the show makes a comeback next year following this year’s halted production, it might be time to start preparing our eulogies for the show that once represented what Americans wanted to see on their television screens.
Do you think it is time to start preparing our goodbyes for ‘The Bachelor’? Or is the show too popular to ever end? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!