His tearful proposal capped the last season of The Bachelor, but fans couldn't get enough of Ben Higgins and his fiance, Lauren Bushnell. Now, the pair are returning to TV in a new reality show that reveals what life is like after the final rose. So when does Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After premiere?
The show will launch this October on Freeform. It will follow the couple as they plan their wedding and move in together in Ben's Denver home.
Ben and Lauren are the biggest Bachelor couple of the last 10 years,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of programming and development. “Their romance captured everyone’s attention, and we are delighted to continue their story on Freeform.”
The Bachelor is one of ABC's most popular franchises. Happily Ever After is the show's fourth spinoff. Former bachelors and bachelorettes are also expected to appear in the show, popping in to share advice on life after The Bachelor.
They'll need all the advice they can get. Only five couples in 20 seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette have made it to the altar. "Starting a life together is never going to be this supersmooth transition," says Higgins. "It’s going to have rocky edges at times, but I love coming home to her at the end of the day."
The show is part of a push by the Disney-owned network, formally known as ABC Family, to shift to programming for young adults. It is also expected to chronicle Higgins' foray into politics. The 28-year-old sales representative is considering running to be a state senator in Colorado. He is currently involved with a nonprofit called Humanity & Hope United that aids struggling towns.
"People reach out to me about community development and planning and how to counsel places that need help. At its core, that’s politics — dealing with issues we face as a community," Higgins told Us Weekly.
The series will focus on the couple "navigating the real world after the splendor of The Bachelor's exotic dates and fantasy suites has ended," according to a press release issued by Freeform.
It sounds like there will be much to navigate. The couple is already bickering about furniture. "He’s like, 'Why do we need a new couch? We have a couch!' So that’s been a point of contention," says Bushnell.
Regardless of which couch they choose, devoted fans should be sure to tune in!