'The Bachelorette' reportedly looking at filming Clare Crawley's entire season at one resort this summer
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/13/2020
The Bachelorette's sixteenth season starring with Clare Crawley remains in limbo amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but ABC and the show's producers are reportedly brainstorming creative ideas on how to make the season's production still happen.
"They're scoping out multiple different resorts to see if it's possible to film the entire season in one location," an insider toldUs Weekly.
"Though a resort has not been decided on, if one is found, the show has discussed filming the season without the usual travel," the insider continued.
In previous The Bachelorette editions, the show begins filming at the famed Bachelor mansion in Malibu, CA, and then the cast travels to a destination or two in the United States before moving on to international visits to multiple countries.
However, nothing is "set in stone," according to the source, and there would need to be a change in the pandemic and strict regulations on self-quarantining for the season to commence.
The Bachelorette's sixteenth season had originally been scheduled to begin production on March 13 and premiere on ABC on May 18, but production was delayed only a few days before it was set to start due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, a full month has gone by and there are still no concrete plans to tape the show.
Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone reported in a recent blog posting thatThe Bachelorette is looking to film July and August this summer for five weeks with the intention of premiering the show in September.
Harrison recently admitted to People that coronavirus may, in fact, affect Clare's final lineup of bachelors.
Some of the previously-announced men may be sick or unable to take more time off from work and participate, and so new bachelors may be added to the cast.
"If you use your common sense, you have to think, 'Okay, out of all these people, are they all going to be healthy?' You pray to God that they all are, but what happens if some of these people are infected? What happens if some of them get severely sick?" Harrison reasoned.
"I mean, [Colton Underwood] went down, so once the smoke clears and this virus subsides and we think, 'Okay, let's get back to work.' It's going to be a brave new world and we're all going to have to reassess everything."
Since production of The Bachelorette's next season has been pushed back so drastically, postponement of Bachelor in Paradise also seems inevitable, and it now appears the annual summer spinoff may be in jeopardy of not being produced at all this year.
"Things are not changing by the day; they are changing by the hour. But I was consulted about this. It was not only the right thing to do; it was the only thing to do," Harrison had said in an Instagram video.
But Harrison insisted in the video the decision to push off filming was still "hard to make."
"This is massive. Jobs will be lost, paychecks will be lost, and there's just no way to avoid that, and that doesn't avoid the fact that this was still the right thing to do and the only thing to do," Harrison had explained.
Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company that produces The Bachelor and its various spinoffs, also issued a statement to Us on March 13 announcing production of The Bachelorette was going to be pushed back "out of an abundance of caution."
"There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based," said the production company.