The producers of the The Bachelor are casting for singles for a new spinoff. Imagine Facebook as a dating site and I think we’ve got a good picture of what the “golden years” Bachelor might look like. According to The Hollywood Reporter, last night ABC aired a casting call during a commercial break looking for “outgoing single men and women in their golden years” for a yet unnamed new dating show. To be specific, ABC is looking for seniors 65 or older, which would disqualify all of the Golden Girls save Sophia from participating. Dorothy was only supposed to be 55 years old!
Here’s the casting call. I don’t know if they’re trying to troll us with this graphic. If so, well played.
The number of people responding in the comments that they’d like to participate but can’t get the link to work is just, chef’s kiss. THR reports:
During a commercial break on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, the network flashed a casting call for “seniors looking for love.” There’s no title for the project, but the ABC casting page offered a few more details: “Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The Producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women in their golden years for a new exciting dating show.”
“Golden years,” per a tweet from ABC reality chief Rob Mills, is strictly 65 years of age and older. Representatives from the network did not immediately respond to a request for further information, but this is not the first time this subject has been floated. In January, a Bachelor producer posted similar language in an Instagram call for a senior dating show.
Anything is better than original recipe Bachelor so why the hell not. Senior citizens can still pass around chlamydia, just like the rest of us. And racism and misogyny knows no age, so no change there either. In fact, there are plenty of pros to consider. For one, the producers won’t have to worry about problematic tweets (or photo shoots) resurfacing. Instead it will be problematic news reel footage from the civil rights era! Another plus, fewer virgins. The hot tub will still probably get a lot of use, but the Bengay/sex juice ratio of the scum on top may change. Best of all, the baby boomer generation is well known to let some wild shit fly from their mouths without a care in the world, something I’m sure the producers are banking on. Still, if they are looking for drama, they should have gone with a mid-life crisis dating show with a tattoo artist in residence.