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‘The Golden Bachelor’ Revealed for ABC Franchise’s Senior Spinoff – The Hollywood Reporter



ABC has named its inaugural golden years-era Bachelor.

Gerry Turner, a 71-year-old from Indiana, will lead the senior actuality courting sequence The Golden Bachelor, which is a by-product of ABC’s long-running hit franchise The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise).

The format can be just like that of the flagship courting present besides this time, Turner can be on the lookout for love amongst a gaggle of eligible girls 65 years and older. “It’s never too late to fall in love…again,” reads the present’s tagline.

A retired restaurateur, Turner lives on a lake in Indiana. He was married 43 years to his highschool sweetheart, Toni, who all of a sudden fell sick and died in 2017. He’s the daddy to 2 daughters and grandfather to 2 granddaughters. ABC describes him as a “charming 71-year-old patriarch.”

Gerry Turner as ABC’s Golden Bachelor

ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

The Golden Bachelor concept has been long-gestating, with the community first releasing a casting name for senior residents on the lookout for love in early 2020. The spinoff sequence was then delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, when it airs Mondays at 10 p.m., will probably be amongst ABC’s strike-proof, all-unscripted fall schedule, making its debut after Dancing With the Stars. (A premiere date has but to be introduced.)

The twentieth season of The Bachelorette is presently airing, with the ninth season of Bachelor in Paradise additionally anticipated within the fall. The Bachelor has additionally been renewed for its forthcoming twenty seventh season.

When requested in regards to the golden-years spinoff earlier this 12 months, Walt Disney Tv govt vp unscripted and various Rob Mills advised The Hollywood Reporter the holdup was over discovering the proper lead. “It’s the one I get asked about the most, which means people really love this idea,” he mentioned. “For us, the most important thing is that we get the exact right person, whether it’s a Bachelor or Bachelorette, and it’s somebody that everyone wants to see us tell their story and that everyone gets invested in seeing them find love. So we’re still casting, we’re looking — but once we find that perfect person, absolutely it’s one we’re going to do.”

The official description for The Golden Bachelor reads: “After more than 20 years of fostering young love on The BachelorThe Bachelorette and Bachelor in ParadiseThe Golden Bachelor showcases a whole new kind of love story — one for the golden years. On this all-new unscripted series, one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibilities. In the end, will our Golden man turn the page to start a new chapter with the woman of his dreams?”

The Golden Bachelor is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Tv in affiliation with Warner Horizon. Watch Tuner make his debut on Good Morning America beneath.

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