The producers of “The Bachelor” are trying out a brand-new dating show. The twist? It’s only for contestants over 65!
With “The Bachelor” franchise still going strong and Netflix’s “Love Is Blind” topping their list of top-ten streaming programs, it’s clear that our appetite for reality romance is insatiable.
All of these shows turn love and marriage into a “Hunger Games” style competition between conventionally attractive young people, with additional obstacles thrown in to keep the format fresh.
“Love Is Blind,” for example, begins by only allowing the contestants to speak with each other. No looking, no touching. The viral hit seems to have as many fans hate-watching it as legitimately enjoying the show–but in the end, ratings are ratings.
Producers hope that their seniors-only dating show will be the next big ratings his. To that end, they’ve sent out a casting call for people over 65 who are single and ready to mingle on TV.
During last night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” Chris Harrison announced that they were now casting “eligible seniors who want their shot at love.”
“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 age 65 and up for a new exciting dating show,” the follow-up announcement on Instagram reads.
ABC’s head of reality programming Rob Mills chimed in with, “#Bachelornation give us your Grumpiest Old Men, give us your Goldenest Girls.”
This could be a respectful, interesting project that highlights a population often left out of romantic narratives. Seniors have stories to tell; they’ve got decades of experience, and many will likely be divorced or widowed.
Compared to the twenty-something wannabe starlets so often cast by reality dating shows, a bunch of retirees hanging out at the Bachelor Mansion could be amazing.
However, producers could end up deciding to treat the show–and the contestants–like a joke. I can already hear the gently mocking music as producers send a senior couple to the Fantasy Suite.
If you’re interested in auditioning–or encouraging a senior family member to try out for the show–you can find the application here.