Having already played matchmaker for every 20-something marketing specialist in the country, ABC is moving on to the 65-and-up crowd.
The network has officially ordered to series The Golden Bachelor, an offshoot of its long-running dating franchise that will aim to find love for older contestants. Tuesday’s announcement came as ABC unveiled its unscripted-only (!) fall schedule; view the full lineup here.
“After more than 20 years of fostering young love on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, The Golden Bachelor showcases a whole new kind of love story — one for the golden years,” reads the official logline. “On this all-new unscripted series, one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibilities. In the end, will our Golden man turn the page to start a new chapter with the woman of his dreams?”
A senior-focused Bachelor iteration was first hinted at way back in 2020, when ABC first aired a casting announcement seeking “seniors looking for love.” An ABC exec later clarified that ideal applicants would be over the age of 65, though the exact age of the “Golden man” who was cast has yet to be confirmed.
The Golden Bachelor will air Mondays at 10/9c this fall, following two-hour broadcasts of Dancing With the Stars — which, in case you missed it, is heading back to its original home for Season 32. As for the rest of the Bachelor franchise, the mothership and Bachelor in Paradise were both renewed on Tuesday (for Season 28 and Season 9, respectively), while The Bachelorette returns for Season 20 (starring Charity Lawson) on Monday, June 26 at 9 pm.
Will you give The Golden Bachelor a shot? Tell us below!
With Martha Stewart hosting?!
Are they kidding?? They pass up the opportunity to grab a quality show like East New York and put more garbage on schedule!
It doesn’t seem as though anyone is lining up to pick up East New York. Maybe it will happen, but it hasn’t happened yet. You must think more of the series than the decision makers at the networks and streaming services. If TPTB thought it was a no-brainer to pick up, they would have picked it up by now.
Don’t kid yourself about this. They are doing this only because of the writer’s strike. Without the strike, I seriously doubt they would have given this a shot. If the ratings are good, maybe they’ll continue it.
This was announced a while ago. (ETA: 3+ years ago)
Doesn’t mean it isn’t related to the writer’s strike. Even a year ago, they knew a strike was possible this year. If there wasn’t a strike they could have still aired it on their streaming service. Networks try to plan ahead.
Let’s squeeze everything we can out of this franchise
They’ve had more lasting marriages come from Big Brother and Married at First Sight than this bogus franchise.
This might be quite entertaining, lol.
One hundred percent – as you put it in my “golden years” ugh! I’m over 50 & in the best years of my life 😉Being a widow has given me a new perspective – and with time – a new sense of longing for a partner.
So, what’s your sign? LOL!
Who will be the first cast member to have appeared on both the Bachelor/Bachelorette and the new Golden version of those shows?
Oh heck no I’m passing on this one! So uninterested!
I am not ready for this jelly
As a 77 year old widow I might find this interesting but not if the contestants are the usual impossibly beautiful people that are featured on these shows. How about picking them based on their interesting lives instead, ABC?
Will the fantasy suite come with his and hers oxygen tanks??
Ewww!!! Who wants to watch old geezers getting it on? Worst show idea ever! Imagine the diseases being passed around during those “dates” and sleepovers! Totally gross, ABC!
Not that old folks can’t or shouldn’t find love, but not on this tacky Bachelorette/Bachelor stage! Yuck!
Lol. I should apply. I hold the record for appearances on The Dating Game—6 times! Funny. I never won. Producers kept bringing me back because I was funny and played it as a game. The women wanted something more serious, I think.
I have no desire to watch because I never watched any of this stuff and do not intend to start now
I will watch the Golden Bachelor.
I am a 62 yr. old woman, divorced for 32 years and I think having The Golden Bachelor is a wonderful idea. I just wished I new about it before now, so I could have applied for it myself. Thank you, I can’t wait to watch it!! God Bless you for thinking about us “Golden Age” folks, lol
As this is my age group, I’ll probably, might, watch it.
As I am in my golden years, and I am single, I look forward to watching the new Golden Bachelor series.
How do you sign up to the golden to be on the golden bachelor’s show Richard Maughs age 69
I will definitely watch it. I wish I knew about it I would have applied
Golden age contestants that have lived exciting and successful lives could be more interesting than young shallow contestants trying to find a mate as pretty as they are!
For those of us navigating the senior’s dating scene this will be both entertaining and enlightening. I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am sure it will be a true reflection of romance in today’s complicated world. Unfortunately it starts at 10 when most of us will be in bed, thank God for taping.