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BACHELOR, THE
Air Date: Sunday, January 05, 2014
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "Countdown to Juan Pablo"
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THE TWO-PART "BACHELOR" PREMIERE EVENT LAUNCHES WITH "THE BACHELOR: COUNTDOWN TO JUAN PABLO," SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 ON ABC

A Rare Look at the Series' Casting Process Will Be Featured; Join Juan Pablo as He Shares His Private Life at Home; A Moving Tribute to Former Cast Member Gia Allemand Also Will Be Included

Join Chris Harrison in a one-hour special edition of "The Bachelor" entitled "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Viewers will get a more in-depth look at our newest Bachelor, the sexy, single dad, Juan Pablo Galavis. It's an exciting sneak peek into Juan Pablo's everyday life in Miami, his family and his endearing relationship with his four-year-old daughter, Camila.

The special will highlight a day in the life of this sexy former professional soccer player and dedicated father on his home turf. We will also meet his devoted parents, loving siblings and cousins as they share stories from his childhood growing up in Venezuela.

But first, it's a behind-the-scenes look at the casting process of the show. What happens when bachelorettes apply to be on "The Bachelor?" In never-before-seen casting submission tapes, the viewing audience will see the lengths women go to in hopes of landing a spot on the long-running hit reality series. In addition, viewers will get to see casting interviews from the women that applied this season in the hopes of winning Juan Pablo's heart. Plus, cameras will capture show host Chris Harrison as he surprised the lucky bachelorettes with a rose and the good news they are actually going to meet and hopefully fall in love with Juan Pablo. And before they exit their limousines, take an up-close-and-personal look at several women who will make lasting impressions.

Lastly, the show pays tribute and remembers former cast member Gia Allemand in a heartfelt memorial. Former cast members will reflect on how Gia touched their lives.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers. "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo" will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

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BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
Returns in January 2015 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
3/25/02 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2014/2015 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
19 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 19th) on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, August 2014) Millions of single women had mixed emotions when Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette." One of the final three men, Chris was dismissed after he had emotionally confessed his love to Andi, but that meant the handsome bachelor was back on the market. Now, he is ready to put his heartache behind him to search for the one missing piece in his life - true love - when he stars in the 19th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor," which returns to ABC in January 2015. The announcement was made this morning on "Good Morning America." The 32-year-old Midwestern bachelor and self-proclaimed romantic has been engaged once before. Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his fiancée was good, he didn't want to settle for "good." He wanted "great." While the humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427) has found it difficult to date, that hasn't stopped him from having faith that one day he will find the perfect woman for him. His experience on "The Bachelorette" made him realize that love really is out there, and he is confident that he will find it this time on "The Bachelor."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Harrison as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Martin Hilton as EP
· Mike Fleiss as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Next Entertainment
· Warner Horizon Television