‘Bachelor’ Spinoff ‘Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After’ Greenlit by Freeform

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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.

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  1. Jean Owens says:

    Ben and Lauren are two very special people and I am so happy for them. May God continue to bless…

  2. Ruth says:

    They are two great people. It will be fun v to continue their journey with them.

  3. Felicity says:

    I agree. Tanner and Jade are at least actually married and have a story to follow.

  4. Eloise Minn says:

    Does this mean we have to wait until October for a wedding? Awww Man!!!!!

  5. Lydia says:

    Enough of these spinoffs from The Bachelor & some of the former bachelors/bachelorettes dropping by. All these shows do is provide a Free Meal Ticket for them & the learned behavior is to always hold off for HANDOUTS! Recycling all these lazy people over & over gets rather Boring!

  6. Misty says:

    Oh no. This is just what she was looking for. She and Ben are so boring. It’s the only thing she wanted from the very beginning. She wasn’t looking for a husband, she was looking for a show. This is one I surely WILL NOT be watching….ever!

  7. Molly says:

    You want interesting, give Kaitlyn and Shawn a show. This one will be a snoozefest.

  8. Allie says:

    Give Jade and Tanner a show not Lauren and Ben. Lauren is so bland.

    • Felicity says:

      Ya, these two aren’t even married yet. Tanner and Jade are married. Both work and are living a great life in the midwest and are about to build a new house. Much more of a storyline here with these two faves.

    • Hannah Evans says:

      I agree! Lauren is so boring. Tanner & Jade live in my hometown & are so great!

      • Felicity says:

        Tanner and Jade do not get as much media attention but are by far fan faves and at least are really already married. Their love story is goals!

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