New Series Alert: The Bachelor Winter Games!
Love is definitely a contact sport and nobody does on screen reality love like Chris Harrison. His famed series “The Bachelor” has been a phenomenon since it started nearly two decades ago. Chris is putting a new spin on love with The Bachelor Winter Games and I got to sit down with him to get the inside scoop.
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Before we get into the scoop a bit more background on what The Bachelor Winter Games is all about is in order. The Bachelor Winter Games is definitely a way to bring together the franchise after it’s world domination. Chris was excited to share that not everyone stateside realizes how popular The Bachelor is around the world. The Bachelor is not just a craze in the United States, he shared that the series is an international success as well. Love has no boundaries right?
In The Bachelor Winter Games, 26 of the most eligible singles from around the globe gather at the luxurious Vermont winter resort The Hermitage Club to participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge. Romantic dates will test the competitors’ perseverance in making relationships work despite language barriers and cultural differences. The four-episode series also features appearances by Bachelor Nation alumni Ryan and Trista Sutter, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Rachel Lindsay and JoJo Fletcher, plus ESPN’s Hannah Storm and figure skating champs Nancy Kerrigan, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner.
The Bachelor Winter Games is serious about this game of love. They even have their own anthem for the series!
I was able to see a preview of the first episode of The Bachelor Winter Games and I can tell you, you will be tuning in to see every rose ceremony!
Here’s what Chris had to say about the new series.
“The Bachelor Winter Games may be some of my favorite television we have ever produced.”
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Chris went on to share more about launching the new series.
“Let’s make this Global Celebration of Love. The Bachelor is a phenomenon here obviously in the United States and it’s one of the biggest franchises in the history of TV, and it has been for almost 2 decades. It’s actually huge around the world from Japan, China, Finland, Sweden, from Russia, the UK, and Australia and New Zealand and Canada.”
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And so, we have all these franchises around the world. And so we thought how do we kind of open the door to that? And how do you kind of take advantage of this huge phenomenon, not just in the States but around the world so we thought, let’s bring out our Stars a la Bachelor’s Paradise. But then let’s get Stars from around the world. And so that’s what we did. We kind of decided it would be this pseudo Olympic Village where we’re gonna get the biggest Stars from around the world join the biggest Stars from our Show, bring them together, let them live in one house, let the mayhem ensue. And then for some reason, let’s put these people on Skis cause most of them have never skied.
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So now that you’ve done The Bachelor for so long and you have the Winter Games, can you say what you prefer?
Chris: I mean, I hate to say this out loud to people that are only gonna write this but Bachelor Winter Games may be some of my favorite television we have ever produced. It’s that good. And I don’t know if anyone’s gonna see it. It’s on against the Olympics. It’s on against some tough competition. It’s only a 2 week run. But it’s one of those things, I would love to have good ratings. I’m not even necessarily caring at this point because it’s so damn good, it’s so good. And you guy saw a little bit, a taste of it but it’s phenomenal how well it turned out and it was exciting. It was fun for us to be just really producing on the fly, coming up with great ideas and you see this stuff work and the concept worked.
And so it was phenomenal and so I’m excited. Hey look The Bachelor and Bachelorette always gonna be my baby. It’s changed my life on many levels so that’ll always be my favorite but this was really fun and I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.
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I wanted to know if he kept up with some of the previous cast members.
“I do, a lot of them are my friends, Tristan and Ryan are dear friends of mine, and Andrew Firestone is one of my closest friends. Bob Ginny, and even now Ben Higgins and I talk all the time. One of the weirdest things about this job is I’ve had 16 years of these people that have come into my life and that I’ve taken care of. I’ve married some of them and watched them have babies and created these families with them and on the off-camera side, we’ve had deaths and divorces and love affairs and marriages. We’ve kind of done it all and that’s not even the Television Show. And so yeah, we’re kind of a traveling band of Gypsies in this family that’s kind of stuck together, which is pretty special. It’s neat. I have some really good friends because of this Show.”
Brad is one of those cast members that just stays with you. Here’s what Chris had to say about keeping in touch with him.
“Brad’s one of my favorite people too. And I’m so sorry I didn’t mention him. He’s a good friend of mine, lives in Austin, Texas and yeah, any time I’m in Austin, not only do I see him but usually he makes me stay at his place. He may be the most generous and wonderful giver we’ve ever had on the Show, just a great, great man. One of my biggest disappointments was not finding him love because he’s a big lover.”
The first rose ceremony is going to be brutual!
Make sure to tune into The Bachelor Winter Games! Specials on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST) and THURSDAY, FEB. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST) .
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