ABC is officially launching “The Golden Bachelor” in fall 2023, a total rebrand of the hit-dating series, which has suffered for years under the uselessness of young Americans in love.
Right as almost all creative television shows come to a screeching halt thanks to the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes, ABC has thrown its hat in the ring to launch the biggest rebrand of a beloved reality show this decade: “The Golden Bachelor.” Instead of recruiting glorified teenagers with deep emotional problems and nothing better to do for six weeks but pretend to fall in love, ABC is pivoting to embrace a more mature approach to “Bachelor Nation,” according to Deadline.
America’s first-ever “Golden” bachelor is Gerry Turner, a 71-year-old grandfather from Indiana. He’s the first legitimate silver fox (though he doesn’t actually look like he has any grey hairs) to ever take part in a “Bachelor” season, of which there have been 60 since the show’s launch in 2002.
‘The Golden Bachelor’ senior citizen star revealed as 71-year-old grandpa Gerry Turner.
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Turner is retired from the restaurant business and enjoys all the things your traditional grandpa loves: barbecues, pickleball, his family … and being on the biggest reality TV show in the country. (RELATED: Saddle Up Ladies, ‘Farmer Wants A Wife’ Is Set To Be 2023’s Hottest New Dating Show)
We all know that “The Golden Bachelor” won’t actually be good, because Chris Harrison won’t be hosting it, but it could still be somewhat entertaining. Or, it could totally backfire and make older American women look just as bad as their 20-year-old counterparts.
Either way, I am here for the drama … as this might actually be one of the most dramatic seasons ever.
The spin-off is set to launch on Mondays at 10 p.m. throughout the fall season. It has been described as, a “whole new kind of love story — one for the golden years.” The trailer for the season is pretty funny, but also quite sweet.