Joan Vassos the 'Golden Bachelorette' (Courtesy of ABC)

ABC has officially announced Joan Vassos as the “Golden Bachelorette” for their upcoming series, adding a new twist to the beloved franchise.

Vassos, a 61-year-old grandmother and school administrator from Rockland, Maryland, took everyone by surprise with her appearance at Disney’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers.

Following in the footsteps of Gerry Turner as the lead in ABC’s “Golden” franchise, Vassos is the first Golden Bachelorette star, marking a significant moment for the network after the formal pickup of the series earlier this year amidst much speculation.

The “Golden” spinoff has injected new life into “The Bachelor” franchise for ABC and Warner Bros. Television.

After captivating over 43 million viewers during its debut across platforms last fall, “The Golden Bachelor” paves the way for “The Golden Bachelorette,” offering a second chance at love to one radiant woman in her golden years.

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The men vying for her final rose have traversed the highs and lows of love, experiencing moments of joy and heartbreak, and they arrive with anticipation, eager to cultivate a connection that ignites a future filled with limitless possibilities.

Fans can anticipate the series launching in the fall on Wednesdays, bringing a fresh perspective to the world of love and romance.

Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Bennett Graebner, and Andrew Frank are at the helm of the show as executive producers, promising an exciting and unique experience for viewers.

Ehrlich shared insights into the casting process, hinting at something “different” and “interesting” with older contestants vying for love in the Bachelor Mansion.

While the “Golden Bachelor” franchise has been a ratings success, Turner’s journey ended in a short-lived marriage, highlighting the complexities of finding lasting love.

However, this hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm for the series, as Joan Vassos steps into the spotlight with hopes of finding a genuine connection.

Vassos’ journey on the inaugural season of “Golden Bachelor” was cut short due to a medical concern with her daughter.

Now, as a widow with a rich family life, she embarks on a new chapter, seeking love once again.

Her ABC bio paints a picture of a woman finding solace in music, time with family, and the simple joys of life.

The Golden Bachelorette,” produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, promises to deliver heartwarming moments, unexpected twists, and a celebration of love at any age.

Stay tuned as Joan Vassos takes center stage in her quest for love on national television.

I will be seated for this! I really enjoyed “The Golden Bachelor!”

The elders be getting sassy and spicy!

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