I just noticed this in the ABC Fall Primetime line up Press Release:
This would mean mid-Nov or after Thanksgiving (or possibly later) is when TB airs again - filming in Oct - early Nov? This timeframe certainly gives one of The Bachelorette's heartbroken time to heal (the standard 4 months) and hop back on the saddle to be the new Bachelor.“The Bachelor” will air Monday nights from 8:00‐10:00 p.m. following the run of “Dancing with the Stars,”
However, when you consider filming and pre/post-show promotion, it would mean another 2+ month leave of absence from one's job in the same year. Who most likely has the autonomy and means to do this?