ABC Announces Senior Citizen “Bachelor” Spinoff

Nora Toscano, Reporter

ABC announced that it was searching for single elderlies for their new “Bachelor” spinoff, which will include contestants only aged 65 and over.  Following the announcement at the end of the weekly episode of “The Bachelor” on February 24, Robert Mills, ABC’s head of alternative programming, tweeted, “#BachelorNation, give us your Grumpiest Old Men, give us your Goldenest Girls. #TheBachelor.”  In regard to the new addition to the famed love-finding franchise, a producer of posted an ad on Instagram hunting for “seniors looking for love.” It reads, “Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women in their golden for a new exciting dating show!” 

Mills hinted at the series in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying, “You see a lot of people talking about the age of contestant.  I think that’s something we’d probably look at and say, ‘Does it need to be aged up?” 

The idea for this show came shortly after the criticism “The Bachelor” has been getting for having young contestants, which is reasonable, as only one contender is over 30 this season.  Showbiz CheatSheet, an entertainment and celebrity news website, critiqued the show’s current cast, and found that many fans find this season’s leading ladies immature, mean, and even unlikable.  

Hopefully fans will be excited to see lovable seniors trying to find a partner.