'The Bachelor' Gets a Premiere Date and It's Going to Be a Happy New Year for Nick Viall

Fans of The Bachelor will be ringing in 2017 with a new suitor.
ABC has announced that Bachelor Nation alum Nick Viall will be handing out roses when the show returns on Monday, Jan. 2. In a promo posted to the show's Facebook page, titled "Nick or Treat," Viall is all suited up and ready to meet the women vying for his affection.
"This Halloween, the next scream you hear may be your own," a spooky voice says in the promo as Viall smiles for the camera.
Host Chris Harrison already has some goals in mind for the upcoming season of The Bachelor and revealed them to ET. The key to breaking down Viall’s walls, according to Harrison, might be exposing him to types of women he hasn’t dated before. “We’re good at pushing the envelope,” he said. “Making you date and introducing you to people you wouldn’t normally be introduced to."
According to Harrison, The Bachelor team is trying to diversify the casting process -- something ABC said was a goal for the show. “I think they’ve made a concerted effort to do a better job,” he noted. “And hopefully word has gotten out so that people understand that’s what we’re looking for ... I think they didn’t see themselves being represented, so they started shying away, rightfully so.”