'The Bachelor' Is Getting A New Olympics-Themed Spinoff
Bachelor Nation is about to get even bigger. The hit dating show is getting an even more competitive spinoff series themed around the Winter Olympics, which will be called "The Bachelor Winter Games."
Yeah, things are about to get real!
Similar to how MTV spun-off its staple reality show "The Real World" into the successful competition series "The Challenge," ABC will take its crop of homegrown reality stars from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" and make them compete against one another in challenges.
ABC announced the new spinoff at its upfront presentation, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"The Bachelor Winter Games" will air at the same time that NBC is airing the Winter Olympics this coming February.
Though it sounds like it might take on the basic premise of "The Challenge," we still don't know most of the details about the new show.
The network said it's going to bring back rivals and villains from past seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise to "take competitive dating to a chilling new level," so I'd say we can expect to see the likes of controversial personalities like Corinne and Chad again.
But apart from just competing in challenges, it sounds like "The Bachelor Winter Games" is also going to inject some elements of fellow spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise." ABC said that the contestants will all be living in a resort house together and teased that romance between the contestants will be one of the main focuses of the show.
This will be the fifth show "The Bachelor" has spun off in its incredible 15-year run on ABC. Previous spinoffs like "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise" are still going strong, which shows promise for the success of "The Bachelor Winter Games."
Though since the show's premise is so closely tied to the Winter Olympics, it doesn't seem likely that it could continue if its a success.
More likely, the network could tweak the premise and rename it something more generic if they want to continue its run. It's something they've already done when replacing "Bachelor Pad" with "Bachelor in Paradise."
"The Bachelor Winter Games" will premiere on ABC in February 2018.