The Bachelorette season 16 would have premiered tonight on ABC with Clare Crawley as it’s leading lady. But the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning around the same time, caused production to cease.
Not only is production still on pause, but they’re also going to have to recast most, if not all of the formerly released contestants. So, the big question is, when will Bachelor Nation get to see Clare’s journey to find love?
The Bachelorette: When Will Clare Crawley’s Season Film?
Although they haven’t gotten the green-light to film yet, Bachelorette production has multiple plans in place. It’s likely that Clare Crawley’s search will love will look a little different than usual. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It actually might be a little refreshing taking a break from the show’s normal format.
Firstly, one of the most popular options that the production team is looking at is renting out an entire private resort for The Bachelorette season 16. That way they can quarantine Clare, the contestants, and crew. Obviously, everyone will have to be tested to ensure no one has the virus. But it would be a much more controlled environment than the Bachelor Mansion in Los Angeles.
Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect the rules. Respect me. @BacheloretteABC ❤️
— Clare Crawley (@Clare_Crawley) April 25, 2020
Clare Will Have New Group of Men
As Peter Weber’s messy season of The Bachelor ended, Clare Crawley’s group of suitors was introduced. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 setback, the entire lineup is going to change. These guys couldn’t put their lives on hold in order to wait for filming to start back up again on The Bachelorette.
So that means that Clare is going to be getting an entirely new batch of handsome gents vying for her attention. This isn’t entirely a bad thing. Bachelor Nation was not happy with the original group’s age demographic. As many of them were almost 10 years younger than Clare.
The Bachelorette: ABC Hopes For Fall Premiere?
Despite not being able to begin filming just yet, ABC is still thinking about season 16’s premiere date. According to executives, it looks like they’re hoping to start filming mid-to-late summer. Filming typically takes about a month so fans could see Clare Crawley on her season sometime in the fall.
But until then, the franchise is introducing another series. It’s called Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever. It’ll look back on the most iconic moments of seasons passed. It premieres on June 8 and will consist of 10 3-hour episodes.
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