‘The Golden Bachelor’ Announces Gerry Turner, 71, as Show’s First Leading Role

Meet Gerry Turner, star of The Golden Bachelor.  (Photo: ABC/Brian Bowen Smith)

Meet Gerry Turner, star of The Golden Bachelor. (Photo: ABC/Brian Bowen Smith)

Bachelor Nation is officially getting bigger again, with the latest addition to the franchise being one of the most anticipated spin-offs since. the bachelorette. It’s called The Golden Bachelor, and now that 71-year-old father-of-two Gerry Turner has been revealed as the show’s leading man, it’s time to watch everything there is to know about the next chapter in what’s been a very successful franchise.

What’s the show?

The Golden Bachelor is a spin-off of The single personthe popular dating show that premiered in 2002 and revolves around a single man looking to find a woman from a pool of potential romantic interests.

And while The single person has generally focused on people in their twenties and early thirties, The Golden Bachelor will focus on an older generation of people looking for love in what ABC calls their “golden years.” The women who were cast are described as having “a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibility”.

Aside from the age groups bringing a different vibe, the structure of the show will remain the same as it was with The single personwith our golden man handing out roses at the end of each episode while sending potential suitors home.

Who is Gerry Turner?

Turner, the first of the franchise Gold Bacheloris a retired restaurateur from Indiana.

“He’s often busy hosting barbecues, playing pickleball, cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams, riding four-wheelers, and hanging out with friends and family at local restaurants and haunts,” reads an ABC bio.

Turner, who is also a grandfather, was introduced on Monday Hello America, where he revealed that he was once married to his high school girlfriend, Toni. They were together 43 years; however, she died in 2017 after falling ill just six weeks after retiring.

“I had a hard time knowing if she would be okay [with me doing the show]”, shared Turner. “But we always said to ourselves, when one of us leaves, we want the other to be happy. She’s up there putting down roots.”

Turner’s daughters encouraged him to enroll.

“It’s never too late to fall in love again,” he added.

When was the idea first introduced?

The Golden Bachelor first came into the public consciousness in 2020 with the first casting call surfacing on Instagram, and more followed on the airing of The single person. But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was put on an indefinite hiatus which turned out to be three years.

When it came time to finally realize it, vanity lounge quoted an ABC source who said she was looking for a “key time slot” and the ability to use Dancing with the stars as an introduction, which returns to ABC this fall after airing exclusively on Disney+ last season.

Who is eligible to apply/participate?

An initial casting call for the show on Instagram was looking for “active, outgoing single men and women” who are in their “golden years”. Casting of calls broadcast during The single person for a time called the “seniors”, which is generally considered to be anyone 65 years of age or older.

Of course, ABC’s social media and marketing teams toyed with the premise, using phrases like “For mature audiences only.”

How does it fit into the constant expansion Bachelor universe?

The Golden Bachelor is another in a long list of spin-offs from The single personwith the bachelorette And Bachelor in Paradise being the most successful and repeated internationally. Other less successful spinoffs include bachelor padwhich was last broadcast in 2012, and The Bachelor: Winter Games from 2018.

No word yet on if The Golden Bachelor will be replicated internationally much like The single person And the bachelorette, but given its more traditional format like the others, it will most likely receive the same treatment, especially if The Golden Bachelor’s success comes anywhere near the amount of anticipation leading up to it.

The franchise’s overall ratings in Bachelor the lands have slowly shrunk over the years, which can be common with long-running network shows like this. But the interest in The Golden Bachelor indicates that this course may soon be corrected.

Should we expect to see more reality shows like this during the strikes?

From The Golden Bachelor falls under the unscripted reality TV genre, they don’t have writers or actors serving as the main pieces of the puzzle, and therefore operate under a different contract. This means that Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes will not affect The Golden Bachelorwhich is part of what The Hollywood Reporter described as “strike-proof” programming for ABC.

Taryn Ryder contributed to this report

The Golden Bachelor this fall on ABC.

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