New Bachelor Spinoff in the Works

Entertainment Jan. 12, 2010 AT 1:52PM
New Bachelor Spinoff in the Works Credit: ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

If the drama on this season of The Bachelor isn't enough, the franchise is adding a spinoff to the mix.

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ABC has ordered seven episodes of Bachelor Pad, a spinoff that will bring back 20 former contestants -- from the past 13 seasons of The Bachelor and five seasons of The Bachelorette -- and have the "all-stars" live together in a Big Brother-style house, has confirmed.

The concept of the new series was inspired by the real-life relationships that have continued among former Bachelor casts, executive producer Martin Hilton told The Hollywood Reporter.

"All these people have been friends, been enemies, they date each other and bring all this great backstory to the show," Hilton said. "It seemed like there was an opportunity to combine that world with a new competitive reality show."

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With Bachelor host Chris Harrison on board for the spinoff, the show will focus on competitions -- some inspired by incidents from past seasons -- among the contestants. Each episode will end with evictions from the residence.

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Although the cast has not yet been officially selected, Hilton says that top players, including former winners, are on board.

Bachelor Pad is slated to premiere late this summer, after the finale of The Bachelorette, on ABC.

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