Bachelor Does the franchise need to stay a long-lasting couple in order to keep viewers engaged, or do you think the show is engaging enough ?
Having a long-lasting couple is very important to us. Obviously, this is very difficult. A lot of couples haven’t been together lately, so this is obviously not something you want to do. We have to remember that we have had other successful Bachelorette couples. Serene [Russell], Brandon [Jones] — guys we saw in Bachelor in Paradise — are still doing great. We went into Gabby and Rachel’s season thinking it was twice the Bachelorette, and therefore twice the successful couple. So it’s disappointing that we didn’t live up to their demands.
However, the other thing that comes with the bad acting is that these guys do learn a lot about themselves and find themselves ready to settle down and find themselves people. Matt James and Rachel are still going strong and we hope Zach’s season will be the same . But yeah, absolutely, and for us, at the top of the list are successful couples because the audience is invested in them and you want to make sure they’re still invested. If it looks like a show that’s just drama for drama’s sake, then they’ll lose interest.
first time since ABC talked about doing a golden years Edition of The Bachelor . Any updates on this?
This is the one I get asked the most, which means people really like it the idea. The most important thing to us is that we find the right people, whether it’s The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, everyone wants to see us tell their story, and everyone is invested in seeing them find love. So we’re still casting, we’re looking — but once we find that perfect guy, we’re absolutely going to do it.
After Matt became the first-ever black lead, social media hit Zach The season representing the second straight white star was debated. Why Zach was the right choice?
I think it’s a feeling. We were lucky enough to meet some great people during Gabby and Rachel’s season of the Bachelorette. Zach seemed to be the right guy — the guy who really wanted to find his guy and settle down, and just thought, at this point, he’d be the right guy, and that’s how we do it every season. Obviously, we’ve made great strides in terms of diversity. We need to keep doing more, and we will. But everyone will see that Zach is a great bachelor, just like any other candidate we’ve come across.
One of the talking points of Gabby and Rachel’s season is the resurfaced Erich Schwer’s black Face photo, he proposed to Gabby on the show, and they broke up shortly after. Should the review process continue to evolve?
It’s always in development, so we’re obviously trying to get better. Obviously, your goal is zero problems. As we go season by season, we try to get better and better because we hate these problems. I do think we’re improving, and we’re learning how to refine it as we keep doing that.
It was said earlier that Michael A. might be a good bachelor, and then as we said in a recent As seen in Bachelor in Paradise , he may be 1280927 intends to find love on that show . What do you think of Paradise‘s evolution after its latest season?
For us, it’s really about making sure we focus on the story, and making sure What you really want to see is someone who fell in love all over again. It’s so comforting to see people like Michael A., Serene and Brandon, even failed love stories. You get really invested in these people and they fall in love — that’s the most important thing. As we continue to grow the Bachelor series, at the end of the day it’s still always about love and telling the stories of these people in the best way possible.
Interview edited for length and clarity.
Zach Shallcross’ season of The Bachelor starts Monday at 8pm Premieres on ABC.