Sep
07
‘Bachelor’ Producers Reteam for ABC Dating Series ‘The Proposal’ | THR News


Bachelor Nation: get ready for more romance, drama and TV proposals. The minds behind ABC’s hit Bachelor franchise are launching a new dating series titled The Proposal. The 10-episode reality competition from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss will feature 10 eligible daters competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor (or suitress) in hopes that they say yes to their proposal. The series will be hosted by a familiar face to viewers of the franchise: former Bachelor and NFL star Jesse Palmer. The Proposal will premiere this summer on ABC, but a date has yet to be announced. So, how does it work? Well, each one-hour episode of The Proposal will follow the male or female daters as they attempt to woo the secret suitor in first impression and beachwear rounds, answer pressing romantic questions, and then strive to receive a seal of approval from the suitor’s most-trusted family member as the final test. After each of those four rounds, the daters who fail to connect are eliminated, until only two are left. The final two will then meet their mystery guy or gal and propose. ABC’s description of the series asks: Will there be a marriage proposal that can’t be refused? As for the show’s host… Palmer, now a sports broadcaster and TV personality, was the first athlete to lead The Bachelor during its fifth season in 2004. Ironically, Palmer did not propose to his finalist, Jessica Bowlin. They did leave the show together, but split shortly after. Now, as I’m sure you recall, the most recent season of The Bachelor, with racecar driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., saw the star jilt his winner, Becca Kufrin, to instead propose for a second time to his current fiancee Lauren Burnham. And it sparked a whole lot of discussion about the need for a proposal at the end of the show. Luyendyk Jr. himself told THR in the aftermath of the shocking finale that he regretted proposing to Kufrin, saying, “I feel like there needs to be more flexibility if that person needs more time. That’s what I needed.” The Bachelorette, with Kufrin as the lead, premieres May 28 on ABC. For more on this story, head to THR.com. And Bachelor Nation, let me know if you’ll be tuning in to The Proposal in the comments. Until next time, for The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Tiffany Taylor.