Clear your calendars, folks: ABC has decided that the second-season premiere of Bachelor Pad on Monday, Aug. 8 is full of too much awesome to be contained in a mere 120 minutes, so they’re devoting three hours to the episode. “It’s like the Schindler’s List of the Bachelor franchise,” jokes an insider of the extra-long premiere, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
This season of Bachelor Pad, which pits rejected Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants against each other in a competition for $250,000, has built-in drama thanks to the presence of both Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi — who got engaged during season 14 of The Bachelor and then flamed out spectacularly in a televised break-up interview a few months later. Girardi is now dating another Pad resident, Kasey “Guard and Protect Your Heart” Kahl, and, according to the insider, footage of Jake, Vienna, and Kasey’s initial meeting in the Pad was gripping enough to prompt ABC execs to order the three-hour run time for the premiere. In other Bachelor Pad news, EW.com has confirmed exclusively who the final contestant will be. Click through for a photo. Yes, it’s Ames Brown, the Ivy League educated portfolio manager from the current season of The Bachelorette who was fond of enumerating his achievements (he’s run 39 marathons and visited 70 countries, just FYI) and who — as you can see from the adjacent photo — apparently lost a fight with a spray-tan machine. (Ames joins fellow Bachelorette suitors William and Blake in the Pad.)