ABC renews "The Bachelor"

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'Bachelor' in swing
Alphabet reups dating skein

ABC is planning another "Bachelor" party.

Alphabet has greenlit production on the 10th installment of producer
Mike Fleiss' durable dating skein. No word yet on scheduling, but
skein could be ready in time for a late spring debut if ABC wants to
bring it back then.

Net is said to be close to finalizing a decision on the new
"Bachelor," with an announcement possible as soon as next week.

Renewal of "The Bachelor" completes a major comeback for the skein,
which as recently as a year ago seemed to be nearing the end of its

Ratings for "The Bachelor" had dropped off sharply, in part because of
a slew of copycats launched by other broadcast and cable nets. ABC
decided to stick by the Next Entertainment/Warner Horizon-produced
skein, however.

With Fleiss, network and studio also opted to tape a cycle of the show
in Paris. Those episodes aired last winter, and ratings perked up
enough that ABC decided to bring the show back again.

Current cycle, taped in Rome, has been the anchor of ABC's first
post-football Monday night lineup. Despite stiff competish from NBC's
"Heroes" and CBS' comedies, "Bachelor" has held up well at 9 p.m.

Skein is averaging a 3.3 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, with
particularly impressive numbers among ABC's core Monday night demo of
younger females. "Bachelor" also has proven to be a compatible lead-in
for 10 p.m. drama "What About Brian."

"The Bachelor: Rome" will airs its season finale later this month.

Fleiss and Lisa Levenson were the exec producers of the most recent
cycle of "The Bachelor," with David Bohnert and Martin Hilton as
co-exec producers. Chris Harrison hosts.

CAA packaged "The Bachelor."
Bwahahaha.  I think the network is doing it just to spite you.

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