After The Bachelor, Mike Fleiss comes up with a second series for finding love, The Proposal
The ABC series takes the whole quest of seeking love to a different level, by keeping the suitor an absolute mystery.
Mike Fleiss, the creator of ABC's 'The Bachelor' series, has come up with a new 10-episode series about finding love on a TV show.
The show, called 'The Proposal', will be premiered on June 18 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT) on The ABC Television Network.
Each one-hour episode will follow the venture of 10 daters as they compete against each other through four rounds, finally earning the suitor's proposal for marriage.
This search for love series will be hosted by former NFL quarterback and Season 5 Bachelor, Jesse Palmer. The contestants will go through four rounds: the first where they will make their first impression, based on which the suitor will select seven contestants about whom he/she want to know more; the next three rounds include physical compatibility where the contestants bare their souls and their bodies, come up with a suitable answer for the suitor's deal-breaking question, and finally win the trust of the suitor's most trusted family member or friend.
All the while, the suitor remains behind the curtain, like a mystery. The number of contestants is narrowed down to four from the initial 10, in the final round. The two remaining dates meet the mystery suitor for the first time and come up with a romantic proposal of their choice.
'The Proposal' is certainly in many ways different from 'The Bachelor'. Both series revolve around a date, who's deemed eligible, and selects a wife/husband from the pool of contestants presented in front of them.
However, unlike 'The Bachelor' where the contestants meet the suitor, 'The Proposal' keeps the suitor a mystery and let the contestants play with the opportunity. In 'The Bachelor', the contestants were given a chance for more personal interactions with the suitor. They could travel to exotic locations, face several conflicts, which were both internal and external, at the same keeping the sexual tension intact.
In 'The Proposal', the contestants will get one round to impress the suitor, with their simple answers and creating impressions without any direct interaction with the suitor. Contestants in the 'The Bachelor' certainly get a chance to know their suitors more intimately and also return for a second chance to plead their case. 'The Proposal' sees nothing like this happening, and everything is determined by fate. The physical connection is what goes missing in 'The Proposal', as it's mostly based on first impressions.
“The Proposal” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich serve as executive producers. It will be the second TV series that the four producers will produce together, in addition to Fox's 'Love Connection'.
Fleiss told The Hollywood Reporter, "I think Bachelor Nation is going to love it. It’s also great to welcome back a member of the Bachelor family, our host, Jesse Palmer."
Jesse Palmer was the first athlete to lead 'The Bachelor' in 2004, for its fifth season. Although Palmer hosts the show where love is left completely in the hands of a few producers, reportedly Palmer never proposed to his finalist, Jessica Bowlin, as she split shortly after leaving the show together.
“The Proposal” is voiced by KOST 103.5 radio personality Ellen K and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.