The Bachelorette, staring Clare Crawley, is FINALLY heading back into production.
Bachelorette will begin with “heavy duty” safety precautions
ABC hasn’t set a start date yet, reports Variety, but look for the show to begin in the very near future with “heavy duty” safety precautions placed on the production due to coronavirus concerns in the very near future.
The Bachelorette will be the first major TV show to head back into production the US following the industry wide coronavirus shutdown.
According to Variety, the cast will begin traveling to an isolated location for the duration of production for health and safety reasons.
The cast and crew will travel to an isolated location and be quarantined on site
The entire season will be shot in a quarantined location with all cast and crew members living on site. Everyone will be tested before they enter the location, with regular testing and temperature checks. The protocols are reported to be very strict and conservative.
“The cast will start traveling very soon because there has to be a quarantine period,” a Variety source says. Additionally, the season will shoot in a private area in Southern California, but not in Los Angeles county. Negotiations with unions to re-start production are still ongoing.
Safety precautions put in place will be vigorous, considering close physical contact that the Bachelor shows entail.
“We obviously can’t shoot a dating show with people in close quarters where people aren’t cleared and we know everything is safe,” Variety’s insider said. “It will be a super safe paradise for everyone to shoot the show.”
No visitors for the duration of the shoot
No visitors, including members of the press will be invited to the set, keeping the entire production hermetically sealed, so to speak.
“Health and safety of our crew and cast is the number one concern,” the source explained. “There is always robust care for our team, and that will be the case as they isolate and shoot the show. Production is going above-and-beyond the recommendations.”
Production on The Bachelorette was halted just as the cast and crew were set to begin filming. In the meantime, ABC has been re-casting some of the Bachelors, with original contestants removed, and others added.
Case in point: Matt James was originally one of Clare’s men. He’s now set to be ABC’s first ever Black Bachelor. His season will air winter 2021.