8:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Orders 'Bachelor' and 'Dancing With the Stars' Spinoffs
ABC is looking to two of its most dependable unscripted franchises to bolster its midseason lineup.
Ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers, ABC on Tuesday unveiled its 2017-18 schedule, announcing spinoffs from both The Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars.
Set to bow in February, The Bachelor Winter Games will air opposite NBC's Winter Olympics coverage. The series will see participants from previous seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, from archrivals to villains, "take competitive dating to a chilling new level." Here's how ABC describes the dating competition series: It "will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all: love."
The series hails from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and Next Entertainment, with Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton on board to executive produce.
Meanwhile, Dancing With the Stars Junior becomes the latest kids-focused take on unscripted following the breakout success of NBC's Little Big Shots, Fox's MasterChef Junior and other franchises featuring children, including Lip Sync Battle Junior, which is also in the works. The series will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines. They will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, who will be announced later.
The series, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, will launch in the spring.
Dancing With the Stars Junior and Bachelor Winter Games come as the unscripted genre has struggled to find new formats. ABC has found success rebooting classic game shows like Match Game and more. Both series join an ABC unscripted roster that now includes American Idol, The $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, Shark Tank and To Tell the Truth as well as the upcoming Gong Show revival.