Freeform has given the green light to a Bachelor reality spinoff series. Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After stars the series’ most recent happily engaged couple, former Bachelor Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell. It’s scheduled to air in October.
Freeform says the new series will follow the couple as they prepare to walk down the aisle and begin their life together while navigating the real world after the fantasy of The Bachelor has ended. Ben will explore getting involved in the political realm and Lauren will try and establish her identity post-Bachelor. During the show some fan favorites from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette” will stop by to visit and share their own advice on life after the show.
“Ben and Lauren are the biggest ‘Bachelor’ couple of the last 10 years,” said by Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform. “Their romance captured everyone’s attention, and we are delighted to continue their story on Freeform.”
Thoughout its run, ABC’s The Bachelor has consistently been a strong draw among key demographics. During its just-completed 20th season, The Bachelor was the No. 1 TV show on Monday night among adults 18-34 and women 18-34, according to the network and Nielsen. Season to date, the veteran unscripted show ranks among TV’s Top 5 broadcast entertainment series with adults 18-34. The Bachelor was up year to year in adults 18-34 to a 3-year high and among teens 12-17 to a 5-year high. During 1Q 2016, The Bachelor also was the most social broadcast TV series with 2.7 million total tweets.
The series 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.