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Here is What You Need to Know about 'The Bachelor' Franchise's New Show, 'The Bachelor Summer Games'

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By Francesca O'Hern

The months between The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise are usually pretty bleak and dull without the needless drama we're used to. Well, Bachelor Nation need not fear this year, because the franchise is expanding once again with The Bachelor Summer Games. The new competition will accompany this year's Summer Olympics (remember The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018?). It looks like the new show will take on a slightly more lighthearted tone than The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, instead giving us a nice break for the summer.

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Will it Affect Paradise?

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With three shows currently running, and yet another one (The Bachelor: Follow Your Heart) in development, it's a little worrying to think when the new show will air, and whether it's scheduling will overlap with another series-- that would just be too much drama. Thankfully, ABC executive Rob Mills cleared things up for us, explaining, "It'll be Bachelorette, Summer Games—what's nice about Summer Games is when we did Winter Games, Bachelor was still airing, so it was a lot.... this is just Summer Games, and then Paradise will start."

The Format Will be Modeled after the Olympics

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While the show will still focus on romantic connections and hooking up, this is not going to be just like Bachelor in Paradise. The Bachelor Summer Games will be a real athletic competition, featuring alumni of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. Mills confirmed, "it's going to be so fun seeing these people in these great, you know, track and field, swimming... this is a real Olympics." If the new show follows its winter counterpart, it will be a pretty short run, with only four episodes in two weeks.

How Will Dating Factor into the Show?

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On The Bachelor Winter Games, all of the competitors were single, and competed in sporting events for date cards. However, Summer Games may follow a slightly different format: Mills still isn't sure about casting, so there might be some contestants in relationships. He revealed, "there’s certain people that you’d love to see — I mean, I’d love to see Jordan [Rodgers] or Colton [Underwood].” He also mentioned interest in casting Jojo Fletcher, and, although this show seems to be taking a step away from Winter Games, international contestants were included in that one, so we might see some Bachelor alumni from other countries, too.

What Else Do We Need to Know?

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We don't know a ton of details yet about The Bachelor Summer Games, so we are mostly going off of Winter Games and assuming they will have some similarities. Some couples did form from the original Games, but none are still together: Lesley Murphy and Dean Unglert got together, and so did Courtney Dober and Lily McManus. Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt won the Games together, but have since split. We even got an engagement out of the last one, from Canada's Benoît Beauséjour-Savard and Clare Crawley, but they, too, have gone their separate ways since.

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