Bachelor in Paradise is set to return for its fifth season on ABC this summer, and while Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette has yet to premiere, producers are already looking ahead to their annual trip to Mexico. But fans can expect to see a few changes after the successful run of The Bachelor Winter Games this February, according to Robert Mills, the senior vice president of alternative programming at ABC.
“There were a lot of learnings from Winter Games, where it wasn’t a show where you were bringing in people every week,” he said. “There will certainly be the hallmarks of Bachelor in Paradise, but I think we will definitely take into account the stuff from Winter Games, where it definitely seemed to form some really strong couples and at the end of the day that’s the goal.”
At the end of the two-week special event, Winter Games had produced four solid couples—including one surprise engagement—so the format served as a successful launch-pad. (Though one couple has since split.) But another key factor in its success was the introduction of contestants from the international versions of the franchise, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. International relations went so well in Winter that the ABC franchise will be going international with BIP as well.
“I definitely think you’ll see some international faces, but not sure how many or where they are going to come from,” Mills said.
But don’t expect to see too many new foreign faces, as the executive added “we’d want people that you’re familiar with from Winter Games unless there are people that are absolutely fantastic.”
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