Why ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 4 Is Unlikely to Air

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With Warner Bros. continuing its investigation into alleged misconduct on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise,” ABC personnel has been tight-lipped about the show’s future. But, engulfed in controversy, the reality series appears all but certain not to air this summer.

Warner Bros. Television confirmed Sunday that production on season four of “Bachelor in Paradise” had been shut down in the wake of “allegations of misconduct” on set. Multiple media reports have alleged the instigating incident involved an inappropriate sexual encounter between two contestants on the reality dating show, though neither the studio nor network have confirmed those stories.

ABC is waiting for the Warner Bros. investigation to draw to a close before it will give official word on the show’s fate — but considering production and scheduling realities, the writing is on the wall.

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Both ABC and Warner Bros. have denied that the show has been canceled.

“I don’t think there’s even a question of, is this the end of ‘Bachelor in Paradise?’ But as for the franchise — who knows how bad is it? What is the truth?” says a top unscripted producer who works on numerous reality dating series.

“ABC is owned by Disney. There is no way that company is going to get anywhere near this situation,” the producer says, in light of allegations of non-consensual sex published yesterday by TMZ. “We do not know the extent of this situation.”

Aside from the bad press, another potentially insurmountable hurdle for getting the show back on the air this summer is the fact that the cast has been effectively disbanded. A fan of the show on Sunday posted on Instagram a photo of most of the new season’s cast members in the airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. By the following day, multiple cast members were tweeting from their hometowns in the United States. On Monday, People magazine quoted one anonymous cast member saying, “People had planned their lives around this. Contestants quit their jobs for this. We all had to step away from our real lives for three weeks.”

Even if cast members could be regathered at the original location or a new one, the slated Aug. 4 premiere date presents a daunting target. At the very least, ABC, which has declined to comment on scheduling for the show, deferring to Warner Bros., would have to push the premiere date on a new season.

It also appears unlikely that Warner Bros. would be able cobble together a significant number of episodes from what has already been shot, given that the production was still in very early shooting stages — according to reports, the alleged incident that sparked the production suspension occurred just on the first day of shooting.

While this season’s cancellation appears to be imminent, the investigation is still underway — and that could potentially lead to even more problems.

“There is no way that Warner Bros. would be shutting down production on that show unless something happened that they could not possibly defend,” the same reality producer suggests. “You’re talking about a franchise that is worth millions of dollars to ABC. For them to shut the whole thing down and send everybody home and walk away, something happened that was not right.”

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  1. Julius says:

    You cannot drop your pants as you do on reality shows like this and expect nothing to happen. By participating in a public spectacle you are solely responsible for the consequences. These shows are all about craving attention and this poor girl has now got it, and is clearly going to make someone pay. This is what happens when “staged reality” gets out of hand.

  2. jean says:

    Have another drink Corrine!!!!!!!!! Sloppy is NOT sexy!!!

  3. raphaelheals says:

    Bachelor in Paradise should be taken off the air. It has always been a degrading excuse for hooking up and is pornographic. It simply sheds a light on how low this culture has fallen.

  4. Carole Miller says:

    Just sad that things like that happened. The producers should not allow open bar, c mom we do not want to see them tripping all over themselves and apparently “others”. Sad sad. Liquor and open bars do not mix. Remember that p!ease.

  5. IT--II--IT says:

    – – – Those SLAVE tattoos !

    SSSSMART

  6. Heather Clark says:

    If this did happen and I don’t know if it did or not but what do people think is going to come of supplying alcohol in a paradise setting to horny adults was going to happen? Seriously? That is what these people are there for. To get wasted every day and hook up. SMH this ultimately lies on the creators and producers and directors. I hope this didn’t happen but if it did it’s hard to feel bad for anyone associated with the show.

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    Since ABC/Disney contracted Warner Bros to produce and deliver this production for their all important late summer schedule leading into the even more important new Fall schedule, what financial responsibility, if any, does WB owe ABC for failing to deliver this production. Somehow, I doubt the franchise will disappear forever since Paradise is related to both the highly successful ratings juggernauts, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

    Another option would have been to air this as planned while including a serious look at date rape or the dangerous mix of alcohol and random sex while dating, addressing whatever happened on set in a realistic, serious and honest way as a sort of public service announcement / teachable moment.

  8. heyitsron says:

    We repeatedly saw this out of control drinking nonstop on The Surreal Life. Hey, the liquor’s free and the cameras, they are rollin.’ In fact Joanie is dead now. So is “whatcha talkin ’bout Willis” Gary. Guess no one cared. Believe Vern might still be kickin.’ While Rob has his own TV show and is busy making money. But that show, The Surreal Life is long gone.

  9. 1Ronald says:

    A ship with no captain will run aground quicker than you can say SCAT. And get sued. With a cast of multiples this can become very ugly. Where was Chris?

  10. Lauren says:

    Trash in paradise

  11. Jufrida says:

    When the network plies the contestants with an unending supply of alcohol, I hardly think this is much of a shock that things can get out of hand. The question becomes, “Who is liable?”

  12. Dunstan says:

    How many more social mutants from reality TV have to commit illegal acts before all these shows collapse of their own weight?

  13. loco73 says:

    What misconduct…an orgy?!

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