For the first time ever, Bachelor in Paradise
will conclude with a live finale to see which couples are still together after the cameras stopped rolling in Mexico. Season four, which will include the highly anticipated wedding of season three couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, will run over the course of six weeks and will notably address the events that resulted to the show temporarily shutting down production.
"One of the things that will be a little different is our time in Paradise
was cut down and compacted, therefore the show will extend back into the real world," host and executive producer Chris Harrison told Entertainment Weekly
. "It's going to be a lot of finding out what's been happening because things have been continuing back in the real world since the show wrapped up in Mexico. It's going to be interesting and I think a lot more fun for all of us. It's going to have a live studio audience."
According to Harrison, the finale, which will include both Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, is different from a "reunion special." Instead, it's going to be like After the Final Rose.
"When I talk to Corinne and DeMario, that's not just going to be part of a sit down like the Women or Men Tell All special where there's 30 people on set. I think people are misunderstanding how that's going to go," Harrison explained. "Those are going to be a lot more in-depth and a lot more intimate and a lot more personal and one-on-one than your 'tell all special.'"
"The live [finale] at the end will be more like After the Final Rose where we're live, the show is wrapping up, and there will be people involved that were on the show because we have to find out where everybody is. I don't think you can put those into usual Bachelor boxes because they're going to be so different," he continued.
Bachelor in Paradise season four will kick off its two-night premiere on Monday, August 14 at 8/7c and continue on Tuesday, August 15 at 8/7c on ABC.
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