ABC is 'hell-bent' on bringing Bachelor in Paradise back this summer

ABC was forced to skip a new season of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while the pandemic numbers are still surging in places, the network is ‘hell-bent’ on bringing the show back as early as this summer.

While the show typically films in Mexico, a new report from Varietysays there’s no word yet on where Season 7 will be filmed, but the show has become a priority at the network.

‘We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make Paradise work,’ said Rob Mills, senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late-night programming, ABC Entertainment.

Return to Paradise:ABC was forced to skip a new season of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while the pandemic numbers are still surging in places, the network is 'hell-bent' on bringing the show back as early as this summer

Return to Paradise:ABC was forced to skip a new season of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while the pandemic numbers are still surging in places, the network is ‘hell-bent’ on bringing the show back as early as this summer

Hell-bent:'We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make Paradise work,' said Rob Mills, senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late-night programming, ABC Entertainment

Hell-bent:’We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make Paradise work,’ said Rob Mills, senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late-night programming, ABC Entertainment

‘Unless something horrendous happens, I feel very confident that Paradise is coming back on this summer how and where its going to be, its still to early to tell,’ he added.

While filming in Mexico may not be possible due to the ongoing pandemic, the network is exploring the possibility of filming in a ‘bubble.’

ABC filmed both the last season of The Bachelorette and the current season of The Bachelor in resorts where the entire cast and crew lived and quarantined throughout the production.

Mexico:While filming in Mexico may not be possible due to the ongoing pandemic, the network is exploring the possibility of filming in a 'bubble'

Mexico:While filming in Mexico may not be possible due to the ongoing pandemic, the network is exploring the possibility of filming in a ‘bubble’

Mills said they are looking at, ‘different permutations and scenarios,’ adding if vaccinations are available, they might go back to Mexico.

‘Obviously, we dont want producers and cast members to be getting vaccinated early just for the show, but if people can get vaccinated, then maybe were back in Mexico. If not, maybe there is a bubble situation in Mexico,’ he said.

While Bachelor in Paradise remains a priority, the network is also looking forward to exploring their new senior citizen-themed spin-off.

Different:Mills said they are looking at, 'different permutations and scenarios,' adding if vaccinations are available, they might go back to Mexico

Different:Mills said they are looking at, ‘different permutations and scenarios,’ adding if vaccinations are available, they might go back to Mexico

The network put out a casting call shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the entire industry, through a promo that aired on ABC.

‘In addition to Paradise, the other thing we want to get serious about revisiting is the older Bachelor spinoff. Were actively working on making it happen,’ Mills said.

While production plans were halted by the shutdown, ABC insisted the project is still moving forward, though there will be one big change from typical Bachelor Nation shows: the ‘hometown’ portion will introduce the suitors to their kids, not their parents.

Casting call:The network put out a casting call shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the entire industry, through a promo that aired on ABC

Casting call:The network put out a casting call shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the entire industry, through a promo that aired on ABC

‘Its everything you love about The Bachelor, but everybody loves senior citizens because they have different love stories to talk about, Mills says.

‘It was really fascinating, so I have no doubt it will happen some day,’ he clarified back in July.

Mills added that they hope the film the senior citizen spin-off this fall, between the cycles of Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor.

Spin-off:Mills added that they hope the film the senior citizen spin-off this fall, between the cycles of Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor

Spin-off:Mills added that they hope the film the senior citizen spin-off this fall, between the cycles of Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor

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