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BACHELOR, THE
Air Date: Sunday, January 01, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "COUNTDOWN TO NICK"
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'THE BACHELOR: COUNTDOWN TO NICK' LAUNCHES THE ICONIC SERIES' 21ST SEASON ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, ON ABC

Get the Lowdown on New Bachelor Nick Viall and the Women Who Will Pursue Him; Bachelor Nation Will Catch Up With Their Favorite Couples and Look Back at Big Moments From Past Premiere Nights

Join Chris Harrison for a one-hour special edition of "The Bachelor" entitled "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST). Viewers will get a more in-depth look at our newest Bachelor, the controversial fan-favorite Nick Viall. Bachelor Nation weighs in on Nick's latest attempt to find love. Get an up-close and personal look at a few of the 30 amazing bachelorettes, who will be trying to capture the final rose will be featured, as well as some of the most memorable "Night One" arrivals in Bachelor history and delightful introductions of adorable babies by their proud Bachelor parents.

"The Bachelor" premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Nick is no stranger to the millions of people who watch the hit romance reality franchise, having been the runner-up on two consecutive editions of "The Bachelorette" and appearing on "Bachelor in Paradise," only to see his dreams of love fall short. Do fans really think Nick can finally find the woman of his dreams this time? Chris Harrison hits the streets to get fan reaction to the handsome Bachelor getting another chance to find love.

A trip down memory lane will feature a number of the most unforgettable, shocking and funny "Night One" arrivals in Bachelor history. Viewers also will get a closer look at some of the accomplished and beautiful bachelorettes, who will be arriving that first night to try to win Nick's heart.

New parents Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum and Desiree and Chris Siegfried will introduce their precious additions to their families. Sean and Catherine Lowe, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, and newest "Bachelor in Paradise" couples Amanda Stanton and Josh Murray and Carly Waddell and Evan Bass will offer updates on their lives after their love stories played out very publicly in front of millions of viewers.

Then, finally, the wait is over! Viewers will get a sneak peek at the upcoming new season of "The Bachelor" with Nick, which premieres Monday, January 2.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers. "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound. A parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
Returns in January 2018 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
3/25/02 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2017/2018 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
22 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's 23rd) on 5/12/17
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, September 2017) Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," returning to ABC in January 2018. The surprising announcement was made on "Good Morning America" this morning. After a tearful exit on Emily's season of ABC's "The Bachelorette,"Arie has stepped away from the spotlight and focused on his new career in real estate, which has brought him tremendous success. Even though he has been gone from Bachelor Nation, America hasn't forgotten Arie's rugged good looks and charm. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again. Born in the Netherlands, Arie, 35, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was just three years old. Son of famed Formula One racer, Arie Luyendyk Sr., a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Arie Jr. followed in his father's footsteps. He made a name for himself, speeding his own way into the Indy 500. After a career as a respected Formula 1 racer, he shifted gears and is now a successful real estate broker in Scottsdale, Arizona. After mending his broken heart, Arie is finally ready to start his own journey for love.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Harrison as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Bennett Graebner as EP
· Elan Gale as EP
· Martin Hilton as EP
· Mike Fleiss as EP
· Nicole Woods as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Next Entertainment
· Warner Horizon Unscripted Television