Delays. That’s really the name of the game with the vast majority of primetime television these days. America’s Got Talent is really the only major network primetime show to have resumed production, and that was for a one-off Judge Cuts special that utilized a unique social-distancing format. Daytime dramas are working to get going (and one already is), but that’s about it.
Yet, we know that everything is in the works right now for The Bachelorette. Evidence points to the cast being in the midst of a quarantine process already, and if they’re not, they will be soon. Filming is taking place outside of Los Angeles County, and it will all be done within a bubble. The crew is staying in the same location as the cast, testing will be frequent, and it actually seems like the production has a pretty decent plan to make this work.
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Will the season be entertaining under these circumstances. It’s hard to say, given that so much of this show is based on unpredictability. It’s going to be hard to bring about that in a contained and planned-out setting where everything needs to be done with as much care possible.
Despite our concerns with the finished product for Clare Crawley’s season, there is a timeline in place here that could at least make a September premiere possible. We’ve seen with standard Bachelorette season schedules that they can turn episodes around rather fast, and filming in one location should mitigate somewhat the delays caused by the health crisis. There is no specific premiere date as of yet, but we don’t need to tell you right now how important this show is to ABC. Other than The Good Doctor and A Million Little Things, none of their other shows have start dates yet for production, and we’re incredibly skeptical that Dancing with the Stars can happen in this current crisis. They will need The Bachelorette to lift their fall if some worst-case scenarios happen, so we’re going to play close attention to how filming plays out.
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