Emily Maynard will be seen meeting 25 potential suitors in a 90-minute premiere episode starting at 9.30/8.30c. Short teaser trailers for the return of the show aired during tonight's season finale of The Bachelor, showing Maynard telling viewers that any suitor will have to meet with the approval of her young daughter Ricki.
Maynard accepted a proposal of marriage from Brad Womack in last year's Bachelor season finale, but their relationship ultimately did not work out.
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Filming is already believed to be under way in Maynard's home town of Charlotte, North Carolina.
ABC has also renewed summer spinoff show Bachelor Pad for a third season.
The programme, which traditionally features former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as they compete for a $250,000 (£160,000) cash prize, will also feature one member of the public this year.
The show producers' casting call seeks individuals who believe that they have "the charm, wit and personality to find love or money on Bachelor Pad".
Hopefuls are invited to apply online - attaching a photograph and two-minute audition video - at the show's official website.
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