“The Bachelorette” season 16 finally kicked off Tuesday night after too many months without polyamorous drama, and Bachelor Nation was here for it. What we weren’t here for was yet one more source of entertainment with the coronavirus as its focal point.
Fans have been waiting so long for this moment, having gone through quite “The Bachelor” drought since Peter Weber’s latest season wrapped up way back in March, just over a week before New York City went on lockdown over the Wuhan virus. Then after a “Bachelor” spin-off show aired (it was horrible, and nobody watched it), September’s scheduled production of bachelorette Clare Crawley’s season was halted over pandemic precautions — but the showmakers eventually prevailed.
After a lengthy quarantine for both Crawley and her host of 30 men, production resumed. This time, rather than galavanting around the world to exotic sites, the troupe remained in a sort of quarantine bubble in California, and since they all tested