Ten-year-old dating format The Bachelor is something of a perennial, as Warner Bros secures deals for six new international versions.
Warner Bros International Television Production (WBITVP) has confirmed the new versions will be produced this year, bringing the total number of local productions in 2012 to 10.
In France, TMC will launch a season of eight episodes in the fall, produced by TF1 Productions, while Chilean channel TVN will air its first season early next year, produced in-house.
In the Netherlands, meanwhile, SBS-owned female-skewing channel Net5 will air nine episodes at the end of the year, produced by Blue Circle, around the same time Swiss network 3 Plus launches eight episodes, from Eyeworks.
These deals come off the back of the format being picked up in the UK and Germany. The UK’s Channel 5 began airing 10 episodes earlier this month and RTL in Germany will launch a second season of eight episodes early next year, produced by ITV Studios.
The format was devised for a 2002 debut in the US by Mike Fleiss and produced stateside by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television for the ABC.
The Bachelor will enter its 17th season on ABC in the US early next year, while spin-off The Bachelorette recently finished its eighth season and Bachelor Pad premiered its third this week in the US.
“The Bachelor is such a successful international show because at its heart it is a real-life fairytale of romance and love. Beautiful and entertaining, it is television for anyone in love or looking for love,” said Andrew Zein, senior VP, creative, format development and sales at WBITVP.