It was announced that Matt James and Clare Crawley were chosen to be the next leads of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette respectively, but members of Bachelor Nation have been left wondering when and how filming will resume after it was put on hold due to coronavirus concerns. Thankfully, executives at ABC have assured fans that production will move forward, although some adjustments have been made to ensure safety amid the pandemic.
As reported by Cosmopolitan, ABC's Vice President of Alternative Programming Rob Mills spoke with Ryan Seacrest to dispel any rumors about upcoming seasons. “Here’s what we're going to do," Mills began. "For Clare’s season, which is going to come first, that’s going to shoot in about a month. Everybody is going to be at one location. Everybody is going to be tested a week before; everybody comes back negative; we shoot; and they’re inside that bubble.”
However, despite long-standing tradition, Clare's season will not be filmed at The Bachelor Mansion. “They won’t be at The Bachelor mansion. They’ll be at some sort of resort and we’ve scouted several of them and all of them have been scouted for good date locations. We had incredible travel planned for Clare’s season. We were going to Italy — all these places that were going to be great — but there will be plenty of different date locations that will feel hopefully as close to The Bachelorette as possible,” Mills revealed.
Apparently, plans for Matt's season are more up in the air considering people won't know how the future of the pandemic will play out. Hopefully, his season will be taking place at The Bachelor Mansion. “We’re hoping to start on time which will be the end of September and we’ll see where the world is,” Rob said. “Hopefully that’s when we would be at The Bachelor mansion. Maybe there’s some travel. Maybe it’s just domestic. Maybe it’s by bus, but we’ll see. If not, if things aren’t that safe, we’ll shoot it the same way [as Clare’s] where everybody is safe; they’re tested; they’re quarantined; and then you can have kissing, arguing and everything else.”
There you have it! Even though some adjustments are being made to the show, perhaps it will lead to a more interesting viewing experience when the seasons finally air!