The Future of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7 Is Uncertain

The summer of 2020 is approaching and Bachelor Nation fans are wondering when Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 will start. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the future of the summer spinoff is still up in the air. Now ABC executive Rob Mills and host Chris Harrison have an update on the situation. And for the time being, it seems Bachelor in Paradise may be put on the backburner for The Bachelorette and The Bachelor.

Rob Mills says ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ will only happen in 2020 if there’s time

The 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 6 cast
The ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 6 cast | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

Bachelor in Paradise typically begins filming in the summer and starts airing in early August. However, The Bachelor franchise must shift its priorities as the coronavirus pandemic continues. When speaking with Variety on April 29, Mills opened up about the next step, noting the focus remains on The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. But if there’s time, they will do Bachelor in Paradise

“We’re certainly discussing it and how it could work and if it could work,” Mills said. “But we want to make sure that the next season of The Bachelor stays on track because that’s something that everybody looks forward to at the beginning of the year.”

He continued: “The goal is to make sure we absolutely have Bachelorette and Bachelor, and then if there’s a way to do Bachelor in Paradise, we would love to do it.”

Meanwhile, Harrison hinted there could also be a location change if the cast and crew are able to do Bachelor in Paradise this year. “It does seem extremely unlikely, as far as going to Mexico,” Harrison said.

When will ‘The Bachelor’ team resume production?

Now, this may not come as much of a surprise. On April 9, Harrison opened up about the reality of the situation in an interview with Glamour. He stated the team is constantly discussing ways to keep the summer spinoffs — The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise — alive. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to fit everything in their schedule.

“Obviously the longer this goes, the tougher it’s going to be, logistics-wise and calendar and all that,” Harrison said. “First and foremost, when we get back, we have to safely figure out how can we produce The Bachelorette.”

He continued: “When can we start shooting? It’s not like there’s going to be a day, say May 1, if the governor and president decide that we can all [resume work], and then boom, we have a television show. That’s not how it works. That just means we can go to work and start producing a television show.”

Harrison also added “months” will go by before The Bachelor franchise airs new content. But ultimately, nothing will happen until it’s safe enough to do so. “Unless it’s safe and unless we can do it right, there’s no chance we’re doing it at all,” Harrison said. 

‘The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable—Ever!’ will start this summer

We may not get The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise this summer. But ABC has something else planned to fill the void. On June 8, the network will debut The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable—Ever! The new show will be a 10-episode event to explore the “best of” moments within the franchise, including Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor featuring the next bachelorette Clare Crawley. Each episode will also be 3-hours long. 

According to Variety, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement:

The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! is a love letter to our fans who have been with us through some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking and unexpected moments throughout Bachelor history. We can’t wait for Bachelor Nation to fall in love all over again as we take this wild journey down memory lane.

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