'The Bachelor' season one comes to ABC's streaming app


After 20 seasons, The Bachelor still draws big audiences for ABC. Now the broadcast network is hoping old episodes of the dating reality series will draw viewers to its live streaming app.

ABC is making the first season of The Bachelor and spinoff The Bachelorette available to audiences via its ABC app for desktop, mobile and set-top boxes. This means fans of Ben Higgins' season this year will be able to watch how it all began when Alex Michel looked for love. The next year, Michel's runner up, Trisa Rehn, starred in The Bachelorette. Her televised wedding special to contestant Ryan Sutter will also be available on the app.

In addition, ABC's digital branch, ABCd, is releasing several new projects. Two new comedies are coming to ABCd, including Broken from Jennifer Bartels and Mike Stills, about a pair of best friends who end up on the fast track to marriage after a one-night stand, and Serious Music starring Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino as struggling comedians who make it big after they become songwriters for a pop superstar.

See photos of the next "Bachelor," Nick Viall:

21 PHOTOS
Nick Viall, the new 'Bachelor,' out and about
See Gallery
Nick Viall, the new 'Bachelor,' out and about
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Nick Viall visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 8, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 05: Television personality Nick Viall poses backstage at the ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier on August 5, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Television personalities Emily Ferguson, Chris Soules, Becca Tilley, Nick Viall, Haley Ferguson and Dan Cox pose backstage at the ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier on August 5, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA STANTON, NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) GRANT KEMP, LACE MORRIS, NICK VIALL, AMANDA STANTON, EMILY FERGUSON
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 302A' - It's only the second day of paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, Mexico, and things start off with a bang on the next episode of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' on MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) LEAH BLOCK, NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 301' - Looking for a second chance at love on the season premiere of the highly anticipated 'Bachelor in Paradise,' beginning TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., EDT) on the ABC Television Network, the cast arrive one by one to their own private paradise in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, located in Vallarta-Nayarit, Mexico. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from 'The Bachelor' franchise live together along the shores of Paradise beach, share exotic dates, and explore new romances, all for another chance to find love. Each week, relationships will be put to the test as new contestants are introduced into the mix. At the end of each week, a rose ceremony will be held where uncoupled contestants will be cast out of Paradise! (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - The long awaited third season of last summers genre-defying breakout hit series Bachelor in Paradise returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:0010:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL
CARSON, CA - MAY 14: Nick Viall arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 held at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Nick Viall attends the boohoo.com LA Pop Up Store on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for boohoo.com )
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Viall attends Ryan Seacrest Purse Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Shawn Booth and Nick Viall attend Ryan Seacrest Purse Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Television personalities Becca Tilley (L) and Nick Viall attend the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Nick Viall attends OK! Magazine's Spring 2016 NYFW Party at HAUS Nightclub on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: TV personality Nick Viall attends Just Jared's Way To Wonderland presented by Ever After High at Greystone Manor Supperclub on August 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Dumped by 'The Bachelorette' Nick Viall tells his story to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 17: Nick Viall attends the Pitchfork after-party at Virgin Hotels Chicago with a performance by Vic Mensa at The Virgin Hotel on July 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Virgin Hotels Chicago)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 25: Nick Viall attends Linda's Voice hosts BBQ and Bikinis benefit at Mr. C Beverly Hills on August 25, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 30: Nick Viall (L) and Renee Bargh visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 30, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 30: Nick Viall visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 30, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The digital platform is also releasing new episodes of A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus featuring guests including Terry Crews, Adam Pally and Maria Bamford. A new episode of On the Record will also be available with Fancy Hagood discussing the inspiration behind his music.

ABC re-launched its streaming TV app in July, adding full seasons of old shows under its "throwback" banner in addition to releasing a slate of original digital content. Cable subscribers who download the app can also watch live television.

Read more: ABC Relaunches Streaming Service With Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows, 7 Original Digital Short-Form Series


Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.