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'The Bachelor' to air Sunday night specials throughout January leading up to Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's live wedding


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/25/2013 

The Bachelor's eighteenth season starring Juan Pablo Galavis won't stick to just Monday nights on ABC next year thanks to a new event dubbed "Juan-uary."

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ABC has announced the network will air three hour-long The Bachelor specials on Sunday nights throughout the month of January starting the day before the season's January 6 Monday night premiere at 8PM ET/PT.

The three Sunday night specials will culminate into former The Bachelor star Sean Lowe and fiancee Catherine Giudici's much-anticipated wedding, which will air on Sunday, January 26 from 8-10PM ET and mark the franchise's first-ever live wedding on ABC.

The first special entitled The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo is set to air on Sunday, January 5 at 8PM ET/PT and will feature host Chris Harrison, some behind-the-scenes footage of the casting process, a deeper look into several of the eighteenth-season bachelorettes, and Galavis' everyday life in his hometown of Miami, FL -- including his family and four-year-old daughter Camila.

The Sunday, January 12 broadcast at 8PM ET/PT, titled The Bachelor: Behind the Scenes, will document the show surprising fans at their premiere viewing parties and extended footage of the day following the season's first Rose Ceremony. Galavis' selected bachelorettes will move into the mansion and his eliminated ladies will emotionally speak of their ousters.

In addition, The Bachelor's production team will be shown setting up a "winter wonderland" date in the "behind the scenes" special and viewers will be given an in-depth look at the bachelorette Galavis chose to accompany him on the first date of the season.  

The Sunday, January 19 broadcast at 8PM ET/PT dubbed The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories will catch up with previous fan-favorite The Bachelor and The Bachelorette couples who found lasting love.

Some of the couples who will be showcased in the "love stories" special include Desiree Hartsock and fiance Chris Siegfried, Ashley Hebert and husband J.P. Rosenbaum, Jason Mesnick and wife Molly Malaney, and Trista Rehn and husband Ryan Sutter -- who wed in 2004 and will be celebrating their tenth anniversary via a ceremony in which they'll renew their vows.

Finally, The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding on January 26 will chronicle Lowe and Giudici's journey on the show's seventeenth season and their wedding preparations, all leading up to the big moment when they say, "I do," and get married.

Seventh-season The Bachelorette couple Hebert and Rosenbaum's pre-taped wedding ceremony aired on ABC in December 2012 in a special entitled The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding, following in the footsteps of first-season The Bachelorette couple Rehn and Sutter, whose pre-taped wedding aired as a three-part miniseries entitled Trista & Ryan's Wedding in 2003.

The Bachelor's eighteenth season began production in September. Galavis, a 32-year-old Venezuelan former pro soccer player and single dad, was announced as the next Bachelor in early August.

The reality dating competition and its upcoming specials are being produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and executive produced by Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton.

(Photo credit ABC)


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