ABC confirms 'Bachelorette' to return this summer with fourth season
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 01/11/2008
ABC has confirmed it has ordered a new The Bachelorette edition that is currently slated to air this summer.
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss had previously told Entertainment Weekly that ABC was planning to air a new season of The Bachelorette -- the first since the show's third season aired nearly three years ago -- for broadcast next summer back in November, however the network wouldn't confirm Fleiss'comments at the time.
Ten months later, ABC aired a three episode series that detailed the events leading up to their December 2003 wedding ceremony. Over 17 million viewers watched Rehn and Sutter exchange vows on ABC's Trista & Ryan's Wedding finale broadcast. The couple welcomed their first child -- Maxwell Alston Sutter -- late last August.
ABC is keeping mum on The Bachelorette's fourth-season creative details -- including the identity of the season's bachelorette -- according to Daily Variety. However should the show continue its pattern of casting from The Bachelor's pool of previously jilted bachelorettes, Pappas has already made it clear she'd be interested in the role.
"Of course I would," Pappas told Reality TV World after Womack rejected her for a second time during The Bachelor'sAfter The Final Rose broadcast in November. "I believe in the experience and I believe that it can truly happen, and it happened for me. I'm sorry that Brad didn't have the feelings on his end, but I believe it and I think it can happen and I would be honored if they asked me to do it."
Croft reunited with her former live-in boyfriend immediately after The Bachelor's filming. "He picked me up from the airport when I got back home from the show," she told KZZP-FM in late November. "I am in a happy relationship now and it couldn't be better."
Chris Harrison will return as The Bachelorette's host, a show spokesperson confirmed to Reality TV World on Friday.