First comes “The Bachelor,” then comes love, then comes “The Bachelor” spinoff, then comes marriage?
“The Bachelor’s” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are getting their own show.
Freeform has greenlit “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” following the ABC reality series’ most-recently engaged couple as they prepare for their wedding. Ben will also explore getting involved in politics as Lauren tries to establish her post-“Bachelor” identity.
Fan favorites from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” will stop by to share their own advice on life after the rose. It’s safe to say current “Bachelorette” JoJo Fletcher, the runner-up for Higgins’ affections, won’t be making an appearance. The series will premiere in October.
“Ben and Lauren are the biggest ‘Bachelor’ couple of the last 10 years,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of programming and development. “Their romance captured everyone’s attention, and we are delighted to continue their story on Freeform.”
Freeform, formerly ABC Family, is part of Disney / ABC Television Group. The show is the cabler’s latest push into unscripted fare.
“Ben and Lauren” will be produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Jason Ehrlich will serve as the executive producers. Jack Mori is co-executive producer.
The series marks the fourth “Bachelor” spinoff following “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor Pad,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and Chris Harrison’s after-show “Bachelor Live.” ABC has also aired wedding specials for former bachelors and bachelorettes Trista Rehn, Jason Mesnick, Ashley Hebert and Sean Lowe.