'The Golden Bachelorette' is on the way, and its star may have already been cast

Leslie Fhima holds hands with Bachelor Gerry Turner on "The Golden Bachelor."
Leslie Fhima holds hands with Bachelor Gerry Turner on "The Golden Bachelor."ABC/Craig Sjodin
  • After the success of "The Golden Bachelor," a "Golden Bachelorette" spinoff is in the works.

  • Season one of "The Golden Bachelorette" premieres on ABC this fall.

  • Here's what we know about the potential cast and release date.

Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner won hearts across the country with his genuine and kindhearted approach to finding love, and fans of "The Golden Bachelor" will watch a woman in her golden years embark on the same experience.

Following the success of "The Golden Bachelor," a spin-off series called "The Golden Bachelorette" is officially in the works. The news was announced at Disney's Television Critics Association Press Tour in February.

This wasn't a huge surprise for fans in the know. In recent months, numerous figures close to "The Golden Bachelor" — including franchise host Jesse Palmer and Gerry himself — have expressed support for "The Golden Bachelorette."

Here's what we know about the inaugural season of "The Golden Bachelorette," so far.

The star and cast of 'The Golden Bachelorette' haven't been announced yet

The women of "The Golden Bachelor" sit on the stage during the "Women Tell All" special smiling and clapping.
The women of Gerry Turner's season of "The Golden Bachelor."Disney/John Fleenor

During the TCA panel, Craig Erwich, the president of Disney Television Group, said that casting was "well underway."

Season 28 of "The Bachelor" was stuffed with ads encouraging senior men to apply for "The Golden Bachelorette" and a live casting event was recently held in Palm Springs, California.

While most leads of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are cast from previous seasons' contestants, it's unclear whether "The Golden Bachelorette" will follow the same pattern. In a recent interview with On The Red Carpet, casting director Jacqui Pitman implied that the star has already been chosen.

"I can tell you nothing! But she's amazing," Pitman said.

Regardless, some of the women from Gerry's season told Business Insider during interviews after the Golden Bachelor's "Women Tell All" taping that they'd be interested in starring on "The Golden Bachelorette."

"I think all of us would like that job," fan favorite (and meatball queen) Susan Noles said.

Noles, April Kirkwood, Kathy Swarts, and Nancy Hulkower — collectively known as the ASKN ladies — also popped up on season 28 of "The Bachelor" to help Joey Graziadei narrow down his search for Mrs. Right during a pageant show group date in week three.

Noles returned later in the season with fellow "Golden Bachelor" contestants Leslie Fhima and Sandra Mason to share advice with Joey's final three ladies, Kelsey Anderson, Daisy Kent, and Rachel Nance.

'The Golden Bachelorette' premieres on ABC this fall

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Susan on "The Golden Bachelor," not wearing a Randi Rahm dress.Craig Sjodin/ABC

Longtime Bachelor Nation blogger Reality Steve reported that filming begins in June.

ABC has already confirmed that "The Golden Bachelorette" premieres in the fall, but the exact date hasn't been announced yet.

Libby Torres contributed to a previous version of this article.

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