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Bachelor in Paradise

Bachelor in Paradise

Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    August 4, 2014
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Featuring contestants from the franchise The Bachelor 
  • Subject Matter: Relationship
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Chris Harrison, BACHELOR IN PARADISE features a group of former contestants from THE BACHELOR and THE BACHELORETTE, who live together in a small town in Mexico -- Tulum (Season 1), Sayulita (Season 2) and Vallarta-Nayarit (Season 3) -- while exploring new relationships, falling madly in love, and suffering unexpected heartbreak. They all left THE BACHELOR or THE BACHELORETTE with broken hearts, but now they have a second chance to find their soul mates. Season 1 opened with 14 cast members -- eight women and six men -- entering the beach house mansion. At the first rose ceremony, the six men are given a rose to each give to a woman they'd like to spend more time getting to know in paradise. The two women left without roses are immediately sent home. Just as potential couples start to pair up, everything changes in the next episode when two new men arrive to paradise. For seven weeks, each episode alternates between two new men or two women joining the cast, forcing two people who don't receive a rose to leave paradise. In the season finale -- which premiered on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC -- Chris returned to give the remaining cast a shocking ultimatum: if they cannot see their relationship transitioning into their lives back home, they must leave paradise immediately. The next day, the remaining couples returned from their overnight dates. One excited bachelorette announces that her man is officially her boyfriend! While two of the women boast about how passionate their night was, one bachelorette is devastated by the lack of intimacy with her man. Chris visits the final two couples and addresses the difficulty of taking their relationships into their lives back home. When everyone gathers for a final rose ceremony, one bachelorette and her loyal man exchange roses and profess their love for one another. But then, to everyone's surprise, one nervous bachelor steals his lady away, leaving everyone wondering what will happen next? BACHELOR IN PARADISE returned for its second season on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT, as 16 former BACHELOR and BACHELORETTE cast members travel to paradise in search of a second chance at love when they arrive one by one to their own private Paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. Welcomed by Chris Harrison, the cast quickly gets acquainted at a Bachelor-style cocktail party on the shores of Playa Escondida. The mood changes quickly when the Mystery Woman enters Paradise, and the cast is shocked to learn who she is. Breaking the tension, Chris Harrison interrupts to explain the rules of Paradise and one shocking twist. This week, the men will hand out a rose to someone they'd like to spend more time getting to know and the women who do not receive roses will have to leave Paradise forever. Then, he informs the group he has one more surprise in store. Throughout the episode, date cards arrive for two lucky women who get a chance to ask out a man they'd like to spend alone time with, though it's not without causing drama. The first of many love triangles is quickly formed between a fixated Ashley I., her crush Jared, and sought-after Jade. When Ashley I. receives the first date card, she is overjoyed and asks out Jared. Despite his reluctance, the two head off on an adventurous date, riding an ATV through the jungle to a private beach where they both open up about their feelings and ultimately form a connection. After returning to Playa Escondida, Ashley I. soon discovers that Jade has also received a date card and fears that she may encroach on her claimed man. Jade decides to ask out Tanner, hoping to build on their chemistry and they enjoy a romantic dinner and dip in the pool. The two-night season premiere continued the next day -- Monday, August 3 -- from 8-10pm ET/PT. Season 3 of BACHELOR IN PARADISE premiered on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC. Looking for a second chance at love, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from THE BACHELOR franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships are put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise. After being welcomed by host Chris Harrison, the hopeful lovers get acquainted at their first informal cocktail party on the beach, with drinks served by Paradise's own bartender and unofficial therapist, Jorge. It's a mix of former contestants and a few returning PARADISE favorites ready for another chance at love. But no one is more highly anticipated than villainous Chad, hot off the heels of his dramatic exit from JoJo's season. The divisive hunk is the last to arrive, but he makes a big splash, garnering the attention of friends, curious women and former foes. Later, Chris Harrison interrupts the party to explain the rules of Paradise, including several shocking details. For the first week, the men will hand out a rose and one woman will be going home! As the cast begins to explore their new home, it's clear that this romantic seaside retreat will be the perfect place to find love! Brooklyn-born "mamma's boy" Vinny and blue-eyed sweetheart Izzy find themselves sharing their first kiss amongst the waves, marking a quick start in Paradise! Wild bachelorette Lace wastes no time in making connections of her own, jumping quickly from chiseled firefighter Grant to contentious hunk Chad, marking the start of Paradise's most intense and chaotic relationship ever. Later, the first date in Paradise goes to gorgeous and sweet ex-military bachelorette Jubilee. She takes her crush Jared on a visually stunning date, sharing an intimate dinner and taking a swing at love in a sea of brightly colored pinatas. Back at the house, things are getting wild! All eyes are on one out of control couple whose constant (and simultaneous) flirting, fighting, and use of inappropriate language rubs some the wrong way. An erratic bachelorette breaks things off when the unhinged hunk refuses to calm down. Ignoring the advice of his few friends, he escalates his unacceptable behavior, offending everyone in Paradise, including the staff. By the end of the night, the house has seen enough of this very highly anticipated Paradise arrival, and the hunk's night ends in an embarrassing mess. ABC premiered the fourth season of BACHELOR IN PARADISE on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 8-10pm, with host Chris Harrison. Over the course of six weeks, fan favorites from THE BACHELOR franchise get a second chance at love while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. Viewers will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. Plus, America will have a front seat at the highly anticipated wedding of BACHELOR IN PARADISE Season 3 lovebirds, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass.
On Monday, September 11, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 4 finale of BACHELOR IN PARADISE. The only thing the couples know is that this is their last day in Paradise...unless, as host Chris Harrison explains, they decide, after some tough conversations, that the potential for love in their relationship is real enough that they want one more date in Paradise. That date would end with a fantasy suite card and the opportunity to spend the night alone together behind closed doors. Their other choices are either to leave together and explore their relationship outside of Paradise, or to just go their separate ways.

One wannabe bride, whose Paradise experience has done a complete turnaround, wants another date with the gent who came to her rescue. When he tells her that he's not through with her yet, she couldn't be happier. But does he want to spend a lifetime with her, or just one night?

Things don't go quite as smoothly for one lovesick lad, who wants what this season's "shining couple on a hill" seems to have. But when he proposes to his marriageable maiden that they, out of respect for her virginity, forgo the fantasy suite in favor of walking out of Paradise hand in hand, she freaks. Since she sees them more as acquaintances than as a couple, not only are they not on the same page, but they may not even be in the same book.

Two others, who can't quite call themselves a couple, also decide to turn the page on their relationship. But the decision to leave Paradise is more difficult for one tempted tourist when the apple of her eye wants to get to know her better in the fantasy suite. She doesn't want to ruin what they have by spending the night with him too soon, but she also doesn't want to ruin it by not spending the night with him, either. What will she do?

Meanwhile, a tortured two-timer, who caused one girlfriend to leave in tears, tells his other girlfriend that he now realizes the mistake he made. She leaves heartbroken, while he leaves seeking a second chance with the love he lost.

Another fool for love may also end up regretting his decision when he breaks up with one interested woman in order to pursue another more interesting one, who, it turns out, is not at all interested in pursuing a relationship with him. But no one is more devastated than the poor unfortunate soul who thought he was going to be this season's Evan, having worked so hard to finally make a breakthrough with his new love. But unlike Evan, who returned to Paradise earlier this season to exchange wedding vows with Carly, Robby is told by the bachelorette that their lives might be just too different for her to see a future together.

So three couples still survive when Chris Harrison returns to send them on their overnight dates. What will they find? Will forever love be in the cards for these final couples? Then the three couples return to tell viewers in front of a studio audience what happened that night, and the morning after. Will Paradise end with a proposal for one -- or more -- of the couples? What other surprises do the couples have in store for each other?

Passions run high when the cast reunites in the studio to confront each other about what happened -- and didn't happen -- in Paradise. And what of Corinne and DeMario? Well, they will see each other for the first time since production was halted. What will they have to say to each other?


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Next Entertainment
  • In association with Warner Horizon Television


  • (Season 1) - Tulum Mexico
  • (Seasons 2 & 4) - Sayulita Mexico
  • (Season 3) - Vallarta-Nayarit Mexico