ABC extends 'Bachelor' party with hour special

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"Bachelor" fans, get ready for more drama.

With the relationship series blazing in the ratings for ABC this season, the network has ordered a one-hour special to air the day after the finale.

The events in the show's regular three-hour conclusion are dramatic enough to warrant another hour, creator Mike Fleiss said.

"It's going to be shocking," he said. "The end of this series is the best we've ever had."

"The Bachelor" normally airs a one-hour reunion special titled "After the Final Rose." Last year, the reunion drew a bigger rating than the finale.

On March 3, ABC will air the tentatively titled "After the Final Rose: Part 2," including additional interviews with bachelor Jason Mesnick, the woman he chose and the woman he didn't pick.

In its 13th edition, "Bachelor" is defying ratings gravity by growing its numbers nearly every episode. Fans have responded to Mesnick and his young son, and having a single dad as the bachelor has brought new elements to the show's narrative. Although not officially renewed, Fleiss is confident "Bachelor" will return and is working on next year.

"I can't think of more than a handful of shows that have reversed a downward ratings trend like we have," he said. (partialdiff)
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