The Bachelor's executive producer Mike Fleiss is giving fans a glimpse of what life is like behind the scenes of season 21

By Christina Dugan
Updated September 28, 2016 04:35 PM
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As if fans aren’t intrigued enough to watch Nick Viall‘s quest for love on The Bachelor‘s 21st season, executive producer Mike Fleiss is upping the anticipation by sharing a glimpse of what life is actually like behind the scenes … and yes, Viall is “as nervous as any guy.”

After Fleiss & Co. revealed to Bachelor Nation that The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alum would have his turn at finding love, Viall immediately shared his excitement.

“I don’t know if anything really prepares you for it,” Viall, 35, said on an episode of After Paradise. “I’ve had an interesting journey throughout this process – it hasn’t worked out so far, and hopefully this time around maybe things will end up on a more positive note. I can’t be more excited about the possibility of it actually all working out.”

And since last week, Fleiss has been sprinkling his Twitter feed with behind-the-scenes photos of the very first episode … glitz, glam, and limos.

Viall, who will be celebrating his 36th birthday on Thursday, looks dapper in his black suit and tie, awaiting the arrivals of his leading ladies.

Some of the snapshots include Viall talking to producers in between limo arrivals, Neil Lane hanging out behind the scenes, the ladies’ luggage ready for moving day (which we can only assume belong to those who made it through the first rose ceremony), Viall walking with a lady wearing a veil (yes, a wedding veil) and, of course, a chopper – because what would a first date on The Bachelor be without a romantic helicopter ride?

“I’m hopeful I’ll find someone to spend the rest of my life with,” Viall previously told PEOPLE exclusively. “I couldn’t be more excited to find that amazing connection.”

As far as the extravagant dates go, he’s been there, done that.

“It’s fun to be on an adventure date, but sometimes there is less communication and to me that’s the biggest focus,” said Viall. “I’m sure the dates will be a lot of fun. But I didn’t want to be the Bachelor so I could go bungee jumping!”

The next season of The Bachelor premieres this January on ABC.