It’s confirmed! As expected, ABC and Warner Bros. Television have officially ordered the inaugural season of The Golden Bachelorette. In what was probably the worst kept secret—especially given the massive success of The Golden Bachelor (followed by The Golden Wedding)—Craig Erwich, president of Disney Television Group, made the announcement during ABC’s executive panel at the 2024 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Of course, the bigger question is who is going to be stepping into the stilettos for the lead role. The not-so-great news is that we don’t know yet (and ABC may not know either). The better news is that because the producers have so many great options (see below for the frontrunners) they’re clearly taking their time to make a decision. (The official word right now is that “additional details surrounding the series, including cast details, will be announced at a later date.”)
Currently, Joey Graziadei’s season of The Bachelor is airing through March (in last Monday’s episode, the ASKN ladies from The Golden Bachelor—April, Susan, Kathy and Nancy—made an appearance at one of Joey’s group dates). The Bachelorette, which has also been renewed, will begin filming after that for a summer premiere. ABC has confirmed that The Golden Bachelorette will air this fall and most likely follow the same timeline (late September through end of November) as The Golden Bachelor did.
Frankly, if it was up to me, we’d also get a Golden Bachelor Villa, in which our favorite ladies live together a la The Golden Girls to date, eat, and do synchronized swimming. (That’s right, ABC, I have not forgotten about that pure as the driven snow moment we got last season in the Bachelor mansion swimming pool).