TEN hands a rose to The Bachelor Australia

By David Knox on May 9, 2013 / Filed Under News 36

2013-05-09_0028TEN has commissioned an Australian version of The Bachelor.

Shine Australia will produce the dating series which has chalked up 18 seasons in the US. The American series currently airs in Australia on GO!

Network TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “The Bachelor is one of the longest-running and most successful television franchises in the world, with productions in 24 countries.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shine to take this iconic show and create a uniquely Australian entertainment event.”

Shine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fennessy, said: “There are few marquee brands which have
enjoyed the same connection with audiences worldwide as The Bachelor. We’re delighted to bring this brilliant series to Australian viewers and look forward to introducing our very own Prince Charming”

Dating / Reality shows have had mixed success in Australia from the short-lived Yasmin’s Getting Married and Australia’s Perfect Couple to the long-running success of The Farmer Wants a Wife.

Auditions are now open via http://dating.castasugar.com/

Production will start shortly and the series will air on TEN later this year.

TEN is also poised to reveal its cast for Secrets and Lies: The Track shortly.


  1. Maverick May 10, 2013 at 9:34 am -

    Should’ve brought back Temptation Island instead.

  2. bender May 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm -

    If they follow the american format and have interesting contestants I think this will be a winner for ten. A lot of people I know find The Bachelor on Go a guilty pleasure and we have always wondered why there was never an Australian version. Will be watching!

  3. wintermute May 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm -

    Shine will undoubtedly find a way to mess this up, quite likely by hiring the same uninspired producing team from Biggest Loser/Beauty & The Geek.

  4. randwick May 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm -

    Questions I would like to see ten answer ….

    1) There is so much bad feedback about this already, why don’t they scrap this horrible idea before they do their cash ….

    2) when they do make a huge loss on this bad move, will they reimburse the shareholders for wasting their cash?

    I would appreciate an honest answer from the ten publicity department ……

  5. solitaire May 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm -

    Take over the Celebrity Splash pool and you’ve got the Man O Man set half ready to go.

  6. ryan May 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm -

    Ewwww. How could ten get this after saying they want to seek a broader audience?? This show is for girls only

  7. Tony Bee May 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm -

    I’d rather they show “Burning Love”, Ben Stiller’s hilarious send-up of the whole Bachelor concept.

  8. mintox May 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm -

    Murdoch hands a rose to Murdoch – again!

  9. Secret Squirrel May 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm -

    I won’t be watching but I think this might still do ok. Ok for Ten that is but they’ve got to start somewhere – they’re close enough to being third that they can smell ABC’s bum (that’s a dog racing ref btw).

  10. deedeedragons May 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm -

    Bahahahahaha! Ten’s so desperate they have sunk to this huh?

  11. jezza the first original one May 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm -

    If this is successful it will be a miracle. Miracles do happen, but they are rare.

    It is a lousy, lazy decision. Is that really the best they can come up with?

  12. AEDDIE May 9, 2013 at 11:42 am -

    I haven’t seen the American version, but if this show involves good looking blokes getting their shirts off, I am so there.

  13. muscledude_oz May 9, 2013 at 11:33 am -

    Is that Paul Clitheroe – the syndicated finance journalist – who is the host? I guess if Kochie can host Sunrise, Clitheroe can host The Bachelor Australia.

  14. Darcey09 May 9, 2013 at 10:55 am -

    Could this be a 6.30pm show offering an alternative to the mindless tabloid programs on 9 & 7?

  15. mj May 9, 2013 at 10:54 am -

    I can’t wait to see this on Ten – this show is compelling for all the wrong reasons and is very entertaining.

  16. alex May 9, 2013 at 10:46 am -

    2 months in the job and this is what the new CEO comes up with?

  17. Bella May 9, 2013 at 10:42 am -

    Ugh no thank you.

  18. Pertinax May 9, 2013 at 10:37 am -

    Ten’s attempts at their own competition and celebrity stalking shows last year were major flops. The Bachelor is still delivering good ratings in the US and is available.

    Nine showed the US version here, then dumped it to Go!. We have also had local Please Marry My Boy, Beauty and The Geek and that terrible holiday adultary one that my mind is blocking out.

    Dance shows are out of favour, mocking fat people isn’t working anymore, there are plenty of cooking, renovation and singing competitions. So it is back to dating shows.

    As US Idol demonstrates there isn’t much point in chasing younger viewers late in the week. Ten needs stuff that can compete with Seven and Nine early in the week if it is get back to being the 3rd placed network.

  19. Jason May 9, 2013 at 10:31 am -

    Will Dexter the Robot get a gig? Dusted off from Perfect Match – or did they leave him behind in the move from North Ryde?
    “Our audience responds well to new shows”. Um, say that again.

  20. HardcorePrawn May 9, 2013 at 10:12 am -

    How long do we give this I wonder? 3 weeks? 4?

  21. vitieddie May 9, 2013 at 9:58 am -

    This could be a winner for Ten. Better than their recent efforts anyway.

  22. Dodge May 9, 2013 at 9:37 am -

    And here I was thinking TEN were serious about getting back to form. But in any case, good luck to them. At least they’re not taking another network’s show (AGT, Big Brother)

  23. nevothirty May 9, 2013 at 9:36 am -

    didn’t nine or seven already try this? it will flop.

  24. Daniel May 9, 2013 at 9:33 am -

    It can’t rate any worse than I Will Survive, The Shire, Don’t Tell The Bride, etc. Good pick up.

    Now Ten need to poach The Amazing Race Australia from Seven, and steal the cricket from Nine.

    And launch their new morning lineup quick smart!

  25. glennc May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am -

    Ten need more early evening, PG friendly programming. I see no reason why this can’t be a Thu/Fri/Sat hit.

  26. Ruddeger May 9, 2013 at 9:13 am -

    Perhaps they can invite Yasmin on to be one of the desperate chicks.They owe her a bloke.

  27. poss May 9, 2013 at 9:06 am -

    OH, good grief why?…..lets at least call it what it really is, more reality crap!

  28. smit0847 May 9, 2013 at 9:01 am -

    Hmmm….. interesting idea. Certainly could/should have been done at least 5 years ago, but FWAW etc do okay so this might.

    Casting will be critical – it would be interesting if they could get a minor celebrity as the Bachelor (in that Mark Phillippousis style).

  29. s5000 May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am -

    I can see this dying on Eleven.

  30. Guy May 9, 2013 at 8:38 am -

    After the recent flop of a new dating show in the US they think that this show will be their answer? That makes me laugh so much. Its an old old format. Then again Beauty and the Geek happened and is a success so who knows it might surprise but i see this as another flop for the network.

  31. JoshS May 9, 2013 at 8:04 am -

    Wow, 10 year old ideas, and it’s yet more reality rubbish?

    Way to go TEN, way to go.

  32. J Bar May 9, 2013 at 7:41 am -

    About ten years too late for this idea. Would have been better off going for Gina Rinehart’s idea of The Miner Wants A Wife. :P

  33. james23 May 9, 2013 at 6:37 am -

    Brilliant commission by Ten. The Bachelor has been a powerhouse in the US and around the world for years.

    I can’t wait!!!

  34. trustno1 May 9, 2013 at 6:24 am -

    I’m actually a little bit surprised that Ten have picked this up. I thought that, because they show the American series on GO!, Nine would pick it up.

  35. Sammee May 9, 2013 at 5:46 am -


  36. steviem May 9, 2013 at 5:45 am -

    not a horrible idea! i likw thwy are thinking!!

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