‘Bachelorette’ Premiere Date Is Later Than Expected

Katie Thurston

ABC/Craig Sjodin Katie Thurston on After the Final Rose.

The premiere date for the new season of The Bachelorette is June 7, 2021. This has been confirmed by ABC. The previous speculated air date was June 1, 2021, which is what had appeared in Google search.

Katie Thurston was announced as the next Bachelorette on After the Final Rose. While she didn’t find love with Matt James on his season of The Bachelor, she is ready to take the helm. According to Reality Steve, Katie has already started filming her season of the show after quarantining at a resort in New Mexico.

Although Reality Steve has not provided any show spoilers just yet, Katie is well on her way to finding love. She is expected to finish filming sometime in early May.

Here’s what you need to know:

‘The Bachelorette’ Was Expected to Premiere in the Summer of 2021

Many fans expected the new season of The Bachelorette to air in May, which is fairly typical for how the franchise has aired its various spinoffs over the years. However, things will be a little different this year — but only by a couple of weeks.

While ABC had previously been fairly mum on what’s going down with the new Bachelorette season, the network did reveal that Katie’s season will premiere in “summer 2021.” Since the first official day of summer is June 20, 2021, the season will be starting just a couple of weeks earlier.

“As the upcoming stars of ABC’s hit romance reality series, they will each step into the spotlight, now blazing a path for their own love stories to unfold. Katie’s journey as ‘The Bachelorette’ is set to premiere summer 2021, and Michelle’s season will air fall 2021,” reads part of ABC’s blurb.

However, with the finale of American Idol slated for May 23, 2021, a June start date for The Bachelorette seems about right.

‘The Bachelorette’ Will Still Air on Monday Nights

The Bachelor franchise will resume its Monday night lineup straight on through the summer. While fans will have to wait a few weeks for Katie’s season to start, the network has chosen to keep the show on its typical night. In the past, the show has occasionally moved to Tuesdays.

Several people associated with the Bachelor franchise have been pretty open-minded about moving forward while the coronavirus pandemic continues to be an issue. Producers have found ways to film that have kept cast and crew safe and healthy, which is why Katie is filming her season all in one location. Matt James’ season of The Bachelor was filmed at Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania, while Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams filmed their joint season of The Bachelorette all in one place as well.

As for what’s next for the franchise, fans have received confirmation that Bachelor in Paradise is happening, and it’s supposed to begin filming in May. On April 7, ABC confirmed that Paradise will return to television on August 16. From there, Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette will take over the weekly time slot, premiering sometime later this fall.

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