BILLINGSWOOD, NSW — — “The Bachelor” stars Anna Kendrick and Joe Manganiello return to the big screen for a first-time episode on Sunday.
The show, produced by ABC Television, is returning to television for the fourth time in nine years after being cancelled by ABC after three seasons.
The ABC declined to comment on whether a second season would be added to the show’s nine-year run.ABC entertainment chief, Michelle Forbes, told The Hollywood Reporter that she was looking forward to seeing how the show would resonate with viewers, but declined to discuss whether a sequel would be coming.
“I don’t want to make any decisions about what we may do,” she said.
“There is a big focus on this particular show.
I don’t know if it will be as popular as last season, but we are very excited about it.”
The show was originally scheduled to return on ABC, but was postponed.
It will return on CBS, which also has ABC Studios.
ABC Television will release the first three episodes of the third season in 2019.
The Bachelor franchise, which is based on the reality show “The Bachelor,” has seen the likes of Brad Pitt, Josh Duggar, Josh Jacobs, and others return.
ABC Entertainment President of Original Programming John Lee Hancock, who has been an executive producer of the show, is in Australia on a business trip and said the franchise is looking forward and optimistic.
It’s a great time for our business and our brand, Hancock said.
We’re looking forward.
I’m confident in the quality of our talent and I know we’re going to have a fantastic season, and we’re very excited to bring it back to ABC.
In the meantime, the show has had to find a new home, following the cancellation of its ABC renewal.ABC Entertainment Networks said it will continue to air “The Bachelor” on ABC.ABC Television will air the new episodes on Monday, Feb. 22.