The Bachelor franchise has been going strong since it first debuted on ABC in 2002, and it is currently comprised of The Bachelor and a number of spinoffs. The various shows have enabled a select few to fall in love with each other, but many contestants don't get a happily-ever-after out of their time in front of the cameras. One man was apparently determined to keep coming back until he got it right, however. Nick Viall just finished his fourth season of a Bachelor series. When asked if he would be willing to ever return, Viall said this:
I'm definitely done with The Bachelor franchise. But I'm very grateful for my time. It's had its ups and downs. It's been a long journey. And I'm ready to say goodbye to it.
The fourth time was the charm for Nick Viall, whose run as the leading man of The Bachelor Season 21 just came to an end with a successful proposal to Vanessa Grimaldi. He made his franchise debut in Season 10 of The Bachelorette, where he made it to the very last round before being shut down by Andi Dorfman. He returned to The Bachelorette for Season 11 and once again made it to the very last round...before having his heart broken by Kaitlyn Bristowe. He didn't get any luckier during his season on Bachelor in Paradise. Viall's reveal to THR that he considers himself done with the Bachelor franchise makes sense, all things considered.
No matter how this season ended, the poor guy had to be getting tired of having his relationships broadcast in primetime. Sure, it was probably great when he was getting along with all the ladies, but the heartbreak clearly wasn't fun, and it would probably get hard for some of us to watch if he kept coming back for more. I'm crossing my fingers that Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi live happily ever after, if only so he doesn't feel compelled to come back and try again.
Of course, he's not done with reality television as a whole. Nick Viall is slated to compete in the next season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, so he'll still be in the spotlight. For his sake, I hope he has better luck this time around. At least he presumably won't be going into this particular competition hoping to find a future wife. We'll have to wait and see if the determination that kept him looking for love in the Bachelor franchise for so long will help him on the dance floor.
The next installment of the Bachelor franchise will come when Season 13 of The Bachelorette kicks off, likely this May. Attorney Rachel Lindsay will be the leading lady this time around. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see all your viewing options while we wait for The Bachelorette, and don't forget to take a look at our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule.