If you thought The Bachelor franchise switching leads after filming began was crazy, then the premiere date is about to blow your mind.
Bachelor Tuesdays! That’s right, say goodbye to the Monday timeslot as the ABC reality show moves to Tuesday nights.
Clare Crawley will still be the initial bachelorette as the show quickly documents her departure after giving her first impression rose to contestant Dale Moss, whom she is currently engaged to after 14 days of filming. From there, Tayshia Adams will be in the spotlight as the new Bachelorette in the hope of finding her own love story, ABC hinted.
“Follow [Clare’s] passionate, wild ride to find her soulmate and the explosive turn of events that will have all of Bachelor Nation talking,” the description for the season read.
Host Chris Harrison teasingly added to the excitement, writing, “It’s safe to say this season will be twice as good as any other!” on his key heart Instagram post and cheekily tweeting, “I feel like this could be double trouble.”
The key heart picture is also unlike any seen in the past. Not only did the blonde beauty — who is the oldest Bachelorette to date — ditch the sparkles and gown to rock a velvet blazer and jeans as an unidentified man pulled on a sock, but the photo is also a gender-swap replication of the film’s The Graduate poster.
The film, which is about a young boy being lured into an older woman’s charm, is reversed as Crawley poses as an obvious younger unidentified man lures her in.
The ABC series had a rocky start after announcing Crawley as the Bachelorette in March, right before the pandemic hit, causing a halt in production.
Prior to the Bachelorette dramatic switch up, the franchise received backlash when the names and ages of the contestants were revealed. Most of the men were younger than Crawley and some barely above the legal drinking age. Producers took the halted time to recast the contestants to fit the 39-year-old’s age requirements.
Amongst the chaos, former contestant on Crawley’s season Matt James, 27, was upgraded to the next Bachelor lead without ever being seen on the show as a contestant.
While everything seemed to settle down, another twist occurred as the former Bachelorette wanted out of the show two weeks into filming at La Quinta resort in Santa Barbara, California, leaving producers “blindsided” and scrambling to find a solution.
Word quickly spread via Twitter and Reddit that Crawley and contestant Moss, 31, had been seeing one another between production lockdown and the beginning of filming. Previous contestants who were not cast for Crawley’s final line-up were randomly asked to come back after filming already started, causing fans to speculate that there must be a problem.
“Last weekend, producers reached out to backup Bachelorette contestants who had been vetted for Clare’s season but were ultimately not cast to film at La Quinta,” a source explained. “When producers reached back out, out of the blue, it was very apparent that something had happened with production.”
To top off the drama and confusion, former Bachelor contestants Hannah Ann Sluss from Peter Weber’s season, Wells Adams, and Becca Kufrin arrived at La Quinta resort, but don’t worry, they just came to the set as moral support for their good friend Tayshia.
A source told Us Weekly, “Producers continue to reach out to women from the franchise in an attempt to salvage a season that just might be the most dramatic ever.”
To make matters worse, Harrison, 49, decided to leave the bubble and drop his son off at college in Texas amid production, meaning the host would have to quarantine for two weeks before getting back to work in order to keep the cast and crew safe. Cue: JoJo Fletcher!
The season 12 Bachelorette — who is currently engaged to her final rose pick, Jordan Rodgers — was sent in to temporarily replace the television host after he left lockdown. The cast and crew had been quarantining and filming at the resort. However, Harrison has already been spotted filming again for the new season.
Now with Crawley happily in love and host Harrison back in action, fans can focus on Adams, 29. The California native made her first debut on Colton Underwood’s season, who ultimately sent her packing to pursue Cassie Randolph.
After joining Bachelor In Paradise and having a temporary fling with John Paul Jones, the brunette beauty was once again single. Now fans will follow her one of a kind journey with a new group of men to hopefully find her happily ever after.
The official season 16 description, per ABC, states:
“Bachelor Nation, the wait is finally over! Clare Crawley will finally embark on her journey to find true love as The Bachelorette returns for its sizzling 16th season on a new night. Clare had women across America cheering from their living rooms when she famously stood up to controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo during the memorable 18th season finale of The Bachelor. Clare left the season with a new sense of self-worth and a determination to never settle for anything less than the unconditional love and respect that she deserved. Follow her passionate, wild ride to find her soul mate and the explosive turn of events that will have all of Bachelor Nation talking.”
The Bachelorette will premiere Tuesday, October 13, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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