Credit: Cassie Lambert on Twitter Photo: Ben Flajnik Smolders on September 6, 2011

We’ve reached the dark side of the moon. Winter is coming and there’s a TWO MONTH wait until Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor kicks off. Painful.

Not that the winter will be totally without action, at least if you’re a hot winemaker from Sonoma, CA or one of his 25 new Jennifer Love Hewitt replacements. “We have not started production, but the cast is set and we’re ready to go,” Rosemaster Chris Harrison dished at the end of his Entertainment Weekly blog this week. “I got to know Ben very well last season and really like the guy. He’s going to make a fantastic Bachelor and any one of the women on the show will be lucky to win his heart. The show will premiere Monday, January 2, so set your DVRs now. I can already promise you it will be a season unlike any we have ever had before.”

It sounds like it's going to be a doozy, based upon what we already know. Catch up with all the spoilers here!

Need your daily dose of The Bachelor? “Like” us on Facebook! After all, you’d get our final rose.