Bachelor Premiere Will Be Telecast Live

ABC must really be in love with its new Bachelor.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the The Bachelor‘s latest cycle — premiering Monday Jan. 5 and starring Bachelorette reject Chris Soules — will be three hours long.

It’ll also be telecast live.

According to a source, the super-sized opener will feature recorded elements (such as the traditional limo drop-off), but large chunks of the episode will be broadcast live. (Similar to the After the Final Rose specials, the premiere will find host Chris Harrison holding court in front of a studio audience; past Bachelor and Bachelorette couples and/or singles will also be on hand to lend their commentary).

The Bachelor is coming off its most-watched cycle in three years.

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  1. Tran says:

    100x boring than Juan Pablo. :-(

  2. Jan says:

    Can’t believe this show is still “going strong.” Tackiness level off the charts!

  3. BrittBrat says:

    I just don’t see what all the hype is about! He’s like plain white rice. Too bland for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t like too many of the guys on Andi’s season since most were annoying or boring.

  4. Cyn says:

    He looks like James Van Der Beek in that pose.

  5. Rook says:

    Three hours! Three hours!!! Even with a show that I love that’s just to much.

  6. gameon says:

    Wow the first gay bachelor, this should be interesting.

  7. Brandy says:

    I just hope they’re doing this for the right reasons.