A show from ‘Bachelor’ producers to help seniors find love is in the works

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If you think ABC’s longest-running TV dating show “The Bachelor” (currently on season 24) is just for 20- and 30-somethings, well … you’re probably right. Season 6 star Byron Velvick was 40 — and he was definitely the exception, not the rule.

We don’t expect to see any 40-plus contestants on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” any time soon, but that’s less of a bugbear now that the network has announced an exciting new dating show premise. During the Feb. 24 episode of “The Bachelor,” a casting call went out over Twitter for people age 65 and over.

ABC producer Lindsay Liles gave more information on Instagram, sharing a post that asked, “Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance?”

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The post confirmed that the producers of “The Bachelor” are looking for “active and outgoing single men and women age 65 and up for a new exciting dating show!”

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It’s great news, primarily because the TV world needs to acknowledge what the rest of the world already knows — many people are looking for love and age has nothing to do with it. But, as several Instagram users pointed out, there’s still a huge gap in representation here.

“55 and over would be much better,” wrote @klpeterson2016, while @moodiegloria commented, “I love this idea, but I wish the age was 60 and over.”

ABC reality show head Rob Mills stressed on Twitter that the lower age limit is strict. “To be clear, this is 65+,” he wrote. He also gave an indication of the types of people they’re looking for: “give us your Grumpiest Old Men, give us your Goldenest Girls.”

Again, many expressed disappointment over the age limit. “Us Gen Xers are left out again…” wrote @VickiCain. And @DeviSafir said, “There are many 40-60 who would give adventure and depth to a show.”

Hopefully, producers will pay attention and add another show to the #BachelorNation family to fill the gap. In the meantime, interested people aged 65 plus who are in the mood for love and genuinely seeking a committed relationship can apply for the show by filling out a 69-question form at seniordatingshow.castingcrane.com. Additional ABC casting info is here.

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Would you or someone you know be perfect for this opportunity? Now’s your chance!

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