So, why hasn’t ‘The Bachelor’ been renewed yet?

It’s Wednesday and we are already halfway through this week somehow.

And I’m going to assume this momma deer and dog have been buddies for a while:

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As I’ve mentioned, it’s been Upfronts week (though it doesn’t feel like it thanks to the pandemic), and the networks have been announcing new series, canceling underperforming ones, and renewing their old reliables. But what’s interesting this year is that ABC has not yet renewed their most popular series … The Bachelor.

As we’ve been exhaustively covering here, The Bachelor has had a … bumpy year, what with the whole thing where they had to suspend their host of twenty-five seasons for being racially insensitive and having their first Black Bachelorette disassociate herself from the series out of disgust. ANYWAY. At the Upfronts, President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, Craig Erwich, bragged on the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette, the return of Bachelor in Paradise, and possible spinoffs for Hulu, but there was no word about the parent series, The Bachelor, which usually returns in January. HMMM.

Erwich told Deadline that “We’ll have more to share on The Bachelor itself soon enough.” I’m guessing they are trying to work out thorny contract issues with Chris Harrison, that they want to get rid of him as host, but it’s proving more difficult than just firing him. The series will almost certainly not be canceled — I could never be so lucky — but I suspect ABC wants to wait to make any announcements about the new season until everything is decided regarding Harrison. STAY TUNED.

As for the second-most-popular series on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy, which was just renewed for an 18th season, Erwich has said he’ll take it as long as they want to make it. As for The Goldbergs … it’s been renewed for next season, but my gut says this upcoming season will be its last.

Pose‘s Billy Porter revealed he is HIV-positive and has been for 14 years. He writes about his journey, which mirrors his character Pray Tell’s, and why COVID pushed him to finally be open about his status. It’s truly moving.

I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my entire life. So it’s time to let all that go and tell a different story. There’s no more stigma — let’s be done with that. It’s time. I’ve been living it and being in the shame of it for long enough. And I’m sure this will follow me. I’m sure this is going to be the first thing everybody says, “HIV-positive blah, blah, blah.” OK. Whatever. It’s not the only thing I am. I’m so much more than that diagnosis. And if you don’t want to work with me because of my status, you’re not worthy of me.

Yeah, I mean, a bunch of Navy pilots told 60 Minutes about the UFOs they saw, and that’s cool and all, but here’s the former president confirming that aliens UFOs are real. Which kinda seems like big news? Why aren’t we acting like this is big news?

Fox News is asking a judge to throw out Dominion Voting System’s $1.6 billion lawsuit. OK.

Criss “Mindfreak” Angel is opening a restaurant and it has the stupidest possible name. (Still, it’s a restaurant for a good cause, so, you know.)

Feel better soon, Nick Jonas!


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Friends: The Reunion will premiere on HBO Max on May 27.
  • Too Hot to Handle will return on Netflix on June 23.
  • The Ice Road will premiere on Netflix on June 25.
  • Feel Good returns on Netflix on June 4.
  • Black Summer returns on Netflix on June 17.

  • The Fear Street Trilogy will debut on Netflix on July 2.
  • This Is Pop will debut on Netflix on June 22.
  • Elite: Short Stories will premiere on Netflix on June 14.
  • Godzilla Singular Point will debut on Netflix on June 24.
  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will premiere on Netflix on July 8.


Paul Mooney, Comedian, Richard Pryor’s writing partner, writer on Sanford and Son, In Living Color, and Good Times, and regular on Chappelle’s Show


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: I JUST CAUGHT UP WITH RHONY AND NOW THIS? Dammit. Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo

The Goldbergs: Geoff plans to propose. Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC

Home Economics: The family discovers what Tom has been writing about in the season finale. 7:30 p.m., ABC

The Conners: Two proposals are in the works for the Conner family. Season finale. 8 p.m., ABC

Call Your Mother: Jean and David go on a trip to Iowa together in the series finale. 8:30 p.m., ABC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blake Shelton, Horatio Sanz, Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Action Bronson, Brian Frasier-Moore
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Lisa Kudrow, Tamika Mallory
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Eric Bana
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Don Cheadle, Patti Harrison, Lake Street Dive
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Conan: Charles Barkley
  • Watch What Happens Live: Lisa Rinna, Sutton Stracke, Dorit Kemsley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Garcelle Beauvais, Kyle Richards
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Eitan Bernath

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Goldbergs
Home Economics
The Conners
Call Your Mother
A Million Little Things
CBS Kids Say the Darndest Things
CW Kung Fu
Nancy Drew
FOX The Masked Singer
Game of Talents
NBC Chicago Med
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.

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