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ABC reportedly reviving 'Bachelor Pad' as new 'Bachelor in Paradise' TV show


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/24/2014 

Bachelor Pad will not be returning to ABC this summer, but only because the reality dating competition is coming back as something else.

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ABC is planning to revive Bachelor Pad by creating a new version of the show entitled Bachelor in Paradise, which will basically share the same concept as Bachelor Pad but be filmed in an exotic location instead of the usual Los Angeles mansion, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The new The Bachelor-spinoff will once again feature returning The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants, both favorites and villains, looking to get a second chance at finding love. In Bachelor Pad's prior seasons, contestants competed for money and romantic dates while facing weekly eliminations.

Bachelor in Paradise will reportedly feature contestants living together in an "isolated romantic paradise" in addition to a Rose Ceremony, however, it's uncertain whether someone will go home each week over the course of six episodes.

According to the network, "The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears we've come to expect from the Bachelor franchise. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer," EW reported.

Chris Harrison will resume his role as host, and Bachelor in Paradise is reportedly expected to premiere after The Bachelorette's tenth season starring Andi Dorfman concludes this summer.

Bachelor Pad creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss hinted in June 2013 the show would return to ABC after taking last summer off.

"I really wanted to give it a break because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad," Fleiss explained to EW at the time. "I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while -- let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer when it comes back..."

Bachelor Pad's third season concluded in Summer 2012 with Nick Peterson and Rachel Truehart being crowned its winning couple and Peterson claiming the $250,000 prize all for himself much to his partner's shock and dismay.

Fleiss is also behind Bachelor in Paradise, which is being produced by Warner Horizon TV.



(Photo credit ABC)


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