Well, maybe not literally. Not even figuratively, really. Perhaps you’ll disagree, rose lovers, but I’d say that the premiere of The Bachelor: If These Abs Could Talk was a relatively catfight-free affair. And that’s okay by me. Sure, some of the “ladies” were upset by the “surprise” return of a previous contestant, while others got their panties in a bunch about Sean’s unorthodox method for handing out the roses, but — and I may live to eat these words — it seems like maybe possibly there just might be some women of the non-heinous variety vying for Sean’s heart this season. (Not that woman who’s obsessed with 50 Shades of Grey, of course. She’s just straight-up sad.) Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click to see Kristen’s full Bachelor season premiere recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog), but in the meantime, don’t be shy — tell me what you thought about night one of Sean’s “journey.” How’d you feel about that weird Arie segment? Does Sean have some kind of preternatural attraction to women named Ashley? Did your head explode when you saw that there was not one, but FOUR African-American contestants this time around? Post your thoughts now!
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Finally! The phone number bar-going Bachelor fans everywhere have been waiting for…
The clever folks behind everyone’s favorite rose parade have kicked off “The Bachelor Heartbreak Line” — a (highly entertaining) phone service that aims to let down your prospects gently.
Upon calling 212-HEARTBR (or, if you’re writing on a napkin, 212-432-7827),
rejects callers are welcomed by the silky voice of Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who gives the “unfortunate news.” “Whoever gave you this number is trying to send you a message — and it’s not a good one: They don’t like you. No rose for you,” he says.
After assembling a laugh-out-loud cast for the first season of his dating show parody Burning Love, Ken Marino set an ultra-high bar as he stepped behind the camera to produce the web series’ second season. But, as you can see from this exclusive cast shot, Marino has outdone himself. From Party Down cast mates to comic mainstays, the next set of suitors in this “loving homage” to The Bachelorette is chockablock with gut busters.
Below, Marino talks EW through season 2 with four exclusive pics, singles out some of the early favorites, and reveals the theme of season 3. Read on… READ FULL STORY
Newsflash: Manufactured competitions that feature “group dates,” numerous hot tubs, and situations designed to make women cry don’t tend to result in lasting romance. Yesterday, Emily Maynard and Jef Holm became the latest Bachelor/Bachelorette couple to call it quits shortly after getting engaged — following in the immediate footsteps of Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, who broke their second engagement a few weeks ago.
Thus far, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter are the only Bachelor[ette]/competition winner pair in the franchise’s history to make it all the way to the altar. They may soon be joined by Bachelorette season 7’s Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum, provided that couple doesn’t break up before their planned wedding in December. (It’ll be televised.) Bachelor Jason Mesnick married his season’s runner-up, Molly Malaney, in 2010, and the couple is currently expecting its first child.
But beyond those three, ABC’s rose-drenched juggernaut has launched zero other successful relationships in its 24 collective cycles — barring a few contestants who met and fell in love despite appearing on different shows (one on The Bachelor, the other on The Bachelorette) or different seasons. And we’re not even going to get into Bachelor Pad.
Is any of this surprising? Not in the slightest. Good luck, Sean Lowe!
Even in heat that caused people to pass out on the Emmy red carpet, we don’t think Chris Harrison would be light-headed enough to break Bachelor casting news there. But SheKnows.com believes he did just that and confirmed rumors that Sean Lowe, the sensitive Texan Bachelorette Emily Maynard didn’t chose, has been picked. Watch the interview here. At around 1:20, Harrison is asked who he’d like to see as the next Bachelor and the interviewer suggests Sean before he gets to answer. “Well, a little known secret, he has been chosen. We are close to production. I don’t know if I can tell you,” Harrison says, “but let’s just say I think Sean would be a great guy. I really do. I think he’d be really good.”
It sounds to us like Harrison meant “he” as in the Bachelor — not Sean — has been chosen. A rep for ABC tells EW, “We are not confirming anyone right now. We haven’t started production yet.” Still, Harrison’s “let’s just say I think Sean would be a great guy” does sound like a solid hint. Then again, it could be a clever misdirect. READ FULL STORY
In the understatement of the Summer Games, not to mention the year, Ryan Lochte is sort of having a moment. Yes, yes, Michael Phelps is still great (most decorated Olympian of all time, etc.) but Lochte — unfortunate grill and all — seems poised to capture some more glory post-London — and yes, we’re talking Hollywood. And no, we’re not talking about the fashion line he’s desperate to make happen.
The swimmer already appeared in a questionable Funny or Die video, and there have been rumors floating around that Lochte is being considered for either Dancing with the Stars or the new Bachelor (spokespeople for both shows told EW that the programs never comment on casting rumors). Lochte himself told Matt Lauer, “I’m definitely looking towards Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison even added his two cents, tweeting, “@fleissmeister just told me he liked Ryan Lochte in his speedo so much he’s now on short list for
It’s not the worst idea. Thanks to his mom, we all know Lochte is currently single. Tell me I’m not the only one who has a morbid curiosity what a “Ryan Lochte Most. Shocking. Rose. Ceremony. Ever.” would look like. As for Dancing, many former Olympians (Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno) have had success cashing in their name recognition and competitive spirit for sequins and ridiculousness.
Beyond reality shows, a buzzy Michael Phelps hosted Saturday Night Live in September 2008 (with so-so results) after returning from the Games. Will Lochte follow swimsuit?
PopWatches, what would you like to see? Vote below: READ FULL STORY
If you’re not blinded by Ken Jeong’s nether regions within the first few minutes of the latest episode of Yahoo! Screen’s Burning Love, make sure to stick around for the… most… shocking… elimination ceremony yet. Much to everyone’s surprise, including caddish leading man Mark Orlando (Ken Marino), one of the “ladies” sent packing was hot-bodied Friends alum Jennifer Aniston. Unfortunately, her famous figure was covered up by a panda suit. Big risk, big reward? Not so much. See who else Mark dismissed below. READ FULL STORY
Given the line-up for the upcoming dating show parody Burning Love, I’m pretty sure it’s mathematically impossible that the web series won’t leave you clutching your sides from laughter. Along with star Ken Marino — of Wanderlust, Wet Hot American Summer, and “I wanna dip my balls in it!” fame — and producer/star Ben Stiller, the show features Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott, Ken Jeong, Kerri Kenney, Party Down‘s Ryan Hansen, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, and even a former Bachelor himself: Jake Pavelka.
All that’s without mentioning Burning Love‘s unabashed skewering of all the tropes that make shows like The Bachelor a guilty pleasure. Well, PopWatchers, abandon your guilt as Marino offers EW an exclusive preview and explains the origins of Love.
It is terrible that 'The Bachelor' has never starred a minority, and ridiculous to sue the show for it
I would love to see a black Bachelor. I’d love to see an Asian, Latino, Eskimo, Middle Eastern, or Wolof Bachelor. Hell, I’d even watch a Canadian Bachelor. It is absurd that in 10 years there has never once been a Bachelor or Bachelorette who isn’t white. And if the past few seasons are any indication, Team Bachelor has all but given up on casting even a few “token” minority contestants to compete for the Bachelor/Bachelorette’s love. The show is embarrassingly white, and — as so many of you have commented on my Bachelor recaps — the audience has long been ready to see someone other than a Ken doll (or Ben Flajnik) in the leading rose-giving role.
Still, I was dismayed to hear that two African-American men, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, recently filed a class-action lawsuit against ABC and the producers of The Bachelor for racial discrimination. And I’ve got to ask Nathaniel and Christopher one question: Are you sure this is the battle you want to pick? READ FULL STORY
Word came down the pipe today (via TMZ) that the producers behind the Gremlin-like Real Housewives franchise are seeking out good Christian… uh… ladies for a reality series based on ABC’s GCB. In the era of reality proliferation, it’s become a go-to to rip off the hard work of TV writers and reproduce their ideas cheaply by training the lens on a coterie of overindulged, under-restrained aspiring singers and actresses. Indeed, it’s exactly how Real Housewives was born: the small-screen version of Athena springing from the head of Zeus, only replace the goddess of wisdom with Vicki Gunvalson and Zeus with Teri Hatcher naked in a bush. But what about turning the tables? Wouldn’t it be exciting to see a reality show milked for all its dramatic potential in the scripted world? Below, I offer up a few suggestions, then you can chip in your own in the comments. READ FULL STORY
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