Star Clare Crawley and her 31 suitors were quarantined together at a private resort to film season 16.
The upcoming, quarantined season of The Bachelorette is beginning to take shape for viewers.
On Tuesday, ABC revealed that 31 men will be competing for star Clare Crawley’s long-stemmed roses when the franchise returns with season 16 on Oct. 13. The “unprecedented” season, as it is referred to in the network’s press release, was filmed at the private La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California, where the cast and crew were quarantined together under a slew of new on-set safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bachelorette was the first major primetime show to announce a return to filming in the U.S. and resumed production in July.
Back in March and before the show shut down production at the height of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the network had revealed the 32 (which later grew to 42) men who were initially cast for Crawley’s season, and faced criticism over the predominantly younger crop that had been selected for the 39-year-old star. The official batch of suitors now boasts 20 contestants who are aged 30 and up. Only one contestant, however — a banker from Washington, D.C. — is in his 40s.
Franchise host Chris Harrison held a live reveal of the cast Tuesday, during which he thanked the crew for the “herculean effort” that went into making the season happen. Though marketing for the season has alluded to a reported major shakeup during the season (no spoilers here!), Harrison only said of the upcoming, sure-to-be-expected drama: “You may think you know everything, but you don’t. It is a season you have to see to believe.” ABC’s press release offered this teaser about the Oct. 13 premiere: “Bachelor Nation will be rewarded with the first glimpse at the shocking moment that will change the course of this passionate, crazy journey, unlike any other in franchise history.”