ABC is hoping to say “I do” in 2021 to Bachelor in Paradise.
A network exec revealed that they are “very confident” that the show will return this year, after the pandemic forced them to skip the summer spinoff in 2020.
ABC Wants to Return to Paradise
Bachelor Nation fans are already well aware that Bachelor in Paradise was one of many television casualties of 2020. Coronavirus case numbers surged and production was halted across the industry. It meant the fan-favorite beachy dating show just wasn’t able to shoot its 7th season last year.
Case numbers are surging again — which also means that TV shows and film productions are also shutting down again. Non-essential travel is discouraged, if not outright restricted in many places.
That’s not going to stop ABC from returning to Paradise. No, they’re “hell-bent” on bringing back the beachy spinoff. In fact, the network is now “prioritizing the show after shelving it last season,” according to Variety.
“We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make Paradise work,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming at ABC Entertainment. “Unless something horrendous happens, I feel very confident that Paradise is coming back on this summer — how and where it’s going to be, it’s still too early to tell.”
No Plans Set in Stone — Yet
The show typically films in Mexico. As of now, Mills says he has no idea how they’re going to film, or even if they can do the show in Mexico like usual. Even so, they’re making the spinoff a priority and are willing to go the “bubble” route if possible.
“Everything is day-to-day. Right now, unfortunately, we’re at a place, especially in Los Angeles, where all the productions are getting shut down — you know, [Jimmy] Kimmel is back doing his show from home,” Mills noted.
But he points out that “in a couple of months, this could all change.”
He goes on to point out that we’re looking at vaccines rolling out, and there’s no telling what might happen. If enough vaccinations happen, it could “make it easier to travel and shoot places.”
Hey, it could happen by summer, right?
“Obviously, we don’t want producers and cast members to be getting vaccinated early just for the show, but if people can get vaccinated, then maybe we’re back in Mexico. If not, maybe there is a bubble situation in Mexico,” he continued. “We will figure out something. I never know what will happen, but I feel very confident in saying that you will get Bachelor in Paradise next season.”
Filming in a quarantine bubble is how they managed to pull off filming The Bachelorette amid the pandemic. After being tested, the entire cast and crew were sequestered in a bubble. The season was filmed at La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs, CA. The bubble eliminated any travel for safety reasons.
After it went well, they began filming a new season of The Bachelor under the same safety protocols and format behind the scenes.