Start planning your Bachelor viewing parties. After giving us a first look at Colton Underwood in his new role, and even introducing us to a few of his season 23 contestants, ABC has now confirmed an official premiere date for season 23 of the long-running reality TV series. The matchmaking action will kick off on Monday, January 7, 2019 — which means you have a little less than two months to prepare yourself emotionally.

Underwood, a former NFL player who once dated Olympian Aly Raisman, is taking over the Bachelor gig from Arie Luyendyk Jr., whose controversial season ended with an engagement, an on-camera breakup, and then a second engagement. He and Lauren Burnham are now planning a wedding for January 2019. They also announced on Wednesday, November 14, that they are expecting their first child together.

Luyendyk’s ex-fiancée, Becca Kufrin, became the season 14 star of The Bachelorette, which featured Underwood as a contestant. The 26-year-old has already firmly established himself as a popular member of Bachelor Nation, first as one of Kufrin’s suitors, and then on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise, where he reconnected with Tia Booth, whom he dated briefly prior to his stint on The Bachelorette. He and Booth parted ways in Mexico.

Soon after, Underwood was announced as the new Bachelor. At the time of the announcement, he sat down for an interview on Good Morning America to chat about the next step in his romantic journey. “Third time is the charm, that’s what they say, right?” he joked to Michael Strahan about appearing on his third show in the franchise.

Jokes aside, he stressed that he’s ready to find his special someone, saying, “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, is being engaged and getting married shortly after that.”

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