The Golden Bachelor is an American dating reality television series that premiered on September 28, 2023 on ABC.[1] It is a spin-off of The Bachelor featuring a cast of senior citizens as the contestants and single man.

The Golden Bachelor
GenreDating game show
Presented byJesse Palmer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (including 1 special)
Production
Production companies
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 28, 2023 (2023-09-28) –
present (present)
Related
The Bachelor franchise

The series starred 72-year-old Gerry Turner, a retired restaurateur and widower from Hudson, Indiana.[2] It concluded on November 30, 2023, with Turner choosing to propose to 70-year-old Theresa Nist. ABC aired the wedding as a live special, The Golden Wedding, on January 4, 2024.[3] In February 2024, ABC announced that it had ordered an equivalent spin-off for The Bachelorette, The Golden Bachelorette, for its fall lineup in 2024.[4]

Production edit

Filming and development edit

In January 2020, a casting call was issued for men and women aged 65 and older, for an edition of The Bachelor starring senior citizens.[5] The series was initially set to air in the fall of 2020 as a part of the 2020–21 TV schedule, however, the series was delayed until 2023 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was replaced by the sixteenth season of The Bachelorette which was also delayed.[6][7]

On May 16, 2023, ABC officially commissioned the first season of The Golden Bachelor.[8] On July 17, 2023, Turner was announced as the inaugural lead of the series.[2]

As a result of the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, the series airs on Thursday nights followed by the ninth season of Bachelor in Paradise instead of on its originally intended Monday night air date, to fill the timeslots left vacant by scripted shows.[1]

Filming began in August 2023 in Los Angeles, and concluded in Costa Rica.[9]

Former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Trista Sutter, and then-incoming season 28 Bachelor Joey Graziadei all made guest appearances this season.[10][11]

Casting and contestants edit

Notable contestants include Patty James, mother of season 25 Bachelor Matt James, Renee Halverson-Wright, author and former Chicago Honey Bears cheerleader, and Susan Noles, ex-wife of retired baseball player Dickie Noles.[12][13][14]

Contestants edit

The 22 contestants were announced on August 30, 2023.[15]

Name Age Hometown Occupation Outcome Place Ref
Theresa Nist[16] 70 Shrewsbury, New Jersey Financial Services Professional Winner 1 [17]
Leslie Fhima[18] 64 Golden Valley, Minnesota Fitness Instructor Runner-Up 2
Faith Martin[19] 61 Benton City, Washington High School Teacher Week 6 3 [20]
Ellen Goltzer[21] 71 Delray Beach, Florida Retired Teacher Week 5 4–6 [22]
Sandra Mason[23] 75 Doraville, Georgia Retired Executive Assistant
Susan Noles[14] 66 Aston, Pennsylvania Wedding Officiant
April Kirkwood[21] 65 Port St. Lucie, Florida Therapist Week 4 7–8 [11]
Kathy Swarts[24] 70 Austin, Texas Retired Educational Consultant
Nancy Hulkower[25] 60 Alexandria, Virginia Retired Interior Designer 9
Christina Kempton[26] 73 Sierra Madre, California Retired Purchasing Manager Week 3 10–11 [27]
Edith Aguirre[28] 60 Downey, California Retired Realtor
Joan Vassos[29] 60 Rockville, Maryland Private School Administrator 12 (quit)
Jeanie Howard[30] 65 Estill Springs, Tennessee Retired Project Manager Week 2 13–15 [31]
Natascha Hardee[16] 60 New York City, New York Pro-Aging Coach & Midlife Speaker
Peggy Dercole[32] 69 East Haven, Connecticut Dental Hygienist
Marina Perera[33] 60 Los Angeles, California Educator 16 (quit)
Anna Zalk[16] 61 Summit, New Jersey Retired Nutritionist Week 1 17–22 [34]
Maria Trice[16] 60 Teaneck, New Jersey Health & Wellness Director
Pamela Burns[26] 75 Aurora, Illinois Retired Salon Owner
Patty James[12] 70 Raleigh, North Carolina Retired Real Estate Professional
Renee Halverson-Wright[13] 67 Middleton, Wisconsin Author
Sylvia Robledo[26] 64 Los Angeles, California Public Affairs Consultant

Call-out order edit

Order Bachelorettes Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7/8
1 Edith Faith Theresa Ellen Sandra Faith Leslie Theresa
2 Ellen Ellen Nancy Kathy Leslie Leslie Theresa Leslie
3 Sandra Theresa Leslie Faith Ellen Theresa Faith
4 Leslie Joan Joan Sandra Faith Ellen
Sandra
Susan
5 Marina Natascha Edith Leslie Susan
6 Christina Leslie Ellen Nancy Theresa
7 Joan Christina Sandra Susan April
Kathy
8 Natascha Edith Susan April
9 Peggy Nancy Christina Theresa Nancy
10 Pamela April Faith Christina
Edith
11 Kathy Sandra April
12 Nancy Jeanie Kathy Joan
13 Theresa Kathy Jeanie
Natascha
Peggy
14 April Marina
15 Renee Peggy
16 Maria Susan Marina
17 Anna Anna
Maria
Pamela
Patty
Renee
Sylvia
18 Susan
19 Patty
20 Sylvia
21 Jeanie
22 Faith
  The contestant received the first impression rose
  The contestant received a rose during a date
  The contestant received a rose outside of a rose ceremony or date
  The contestant was eliminated
  The contestant was eliminated during a date
  The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony
  The contestant received a rose during a date but quit the competition
  The contestant quit the competition
  The contestant won the competition

Reception edit

The season premiere of The Golden Bachelor was the highest-rated debut for an unscripted ABC series in nearly two years.[35][36] The two hour-plus finale reached 6.1 million viewers and was the most-watched episode of the Bachelor franchise since the March 2021 finale of The Bachelor season 25 featuring Matt James.[37]

The day before the finale aired, an exposé was published by the The Hollywood Reporter claiming that Turner was in a long-term, live-in relationship after the death of his wife, contrasting with the persona he presented on the show. Additionally, there were discrepancies regarding his employment.[38]

Episodes edit

No.TitleOriginal air date [39]Prod.
code [39]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
Rating
(18–49)
1"Week 1"September 28, 2023 (2023-09-28)1014.36[40]0.6[40]
2"Week 2"October 5, 2023 (2023-10-05)1024.27[41]0.6[41]
3"Week 3"October 12, 2023 (2023-10-12)1033.93[42]0.5[42]
4"Week 4"October 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)1044.09[43]0.5[43]
5"Week 5"October 26, 2023 (2023-10-26)1054.42[44]0.5[44]
6"Week 6"November 2, 2023 (2023-11-02)1064.77[45]0.6[45]
7"The Women Tell All"November 9, 2023 (2023-11-09)N/A4.89[46]0.5[46]
8"Week 7"November 16, 2023 (2023-11-16)1075.26[47]0.7[47]
9"Week 8: Finale and After the Final Rose"November 30, 2023 (2023-11-30)1086.09[48]0.8[48]

Special edit

No.TitleOriginal air date [39]Prod.
code [39]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
Rating
(18–49)
10"The Golden Wedding"January 4, 2024 (2024-01-04)N/A5.21[49]0.6[49]

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