'Bachelor Pad' to have supersized 3-hour premiere -- EXCLUSIVE


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.)

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  • SLB

    Three hours? Seriously? That’s going to be a lot of fast forwarding.

    • PN

      That’s going to be a lot of skipping 20 to 40 minutes of hack and empty headed nonsense just to get to the key moments of the show. That’s like me skipping the most boring performances on America’s Got Talent on the rival network.

  • RR Morgan

    They’re going to eat Ames alive on that show. He’s a nice guy getting tossed into a bunch of sharks…it’s going to be a feeding frenzy.

    • Helpful Guy

      If they come on too strong, Ames acn always start using some two syllable words. None of the rest of the players would know how to respond to them.

      • RR Morgan

        Haha! You are so right!

      • wakeforce

        True that!

      • Fleur Bellamy

        You are so correct! Finally some “class” on these shows!

  • Fangirl23

    Please don’t compare Schindler’s List to Bachelor Pad. Or ever use them together in the same sentence again. Ugh.

    • PN

      I thought the Schindler’s List comment was inappropriate. That had more serious content and cannot be compared to some loose fun summer show like Bachelor Pad. And yes, Schindler’s was 3 hours long, but you shouldn’t compare it to Bachelor Pad’s own 3 hour length.

      • wakeforce

        Are you forgetting the Seinfeld ep where Elaine or one of the guys falls asleep during Schindler’s List. Priceless!

    • Whatevs

      Geez, can’t take a joke? How about “it’s like the Dances with Wolves of the Bachelor franchise”. Is that less offensive?

    • squirk

      Look up the definition of IRONY, Fangirl23 and PN. It’s like making a 3-hr drama of Gilligan’s Island and calling it the Titanic of the GI franchise.

  • Believe10

    Poor Ames! He is way toooo nice and polite to be on that show. I wonder how he is going to handle it.

    • wakeforce

      Look at that body!

  • Lauren

    Well helloooooo Ames!

  • swe

    The insider (guessing this is Fleiss or one of his lackey producers) and Kristen Baldwin who put it in print should be fired for the reprehensible Schindler’s List reference.

  • Shawn

    Is Ames there to explore his bisexual side???

  • Geena

    Excited to see Ames!!
    Schindler’s List remark was really horrible and uncouth.

  • tomm

    Should have referred to ‘Titanic’ instead.

    • Chair is season 1 nair on crack

      And why would they do that. Titanic is a effing masterpiece so GET OVER YOURSELF.

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  • tomm

    I hope they have a boxing match as they did in Thailand, Ames could take down Jake.

    • Geena

      ANYone can take down Jake the Fake especially any of the gals!! He’s such a dork!

  • lb

    I love the “EW has confirmed exclusively” that Ames is the final contestant… haha. What a terribly kept “secret.”

  • Caren

    I like him….

    • laural

      Ames is such a kind and gentle soul. He deserves a wonderful woman who will appreciate his attributes !!!

      • Fleur Bellamy

        SO TRUE

      • Geena

        Love Ames…..what a classy sweet guy

      • Sarcastic Pr*ck

        And if he can’t find a wonderful woman to appreciae him at the Bachelor Pad, then I guess he’ll never find her at all.

  • PN

    As if ABC didn’t have anything else on Monday night, they go on to air 3(!) hours of Bachelor Pad? They should have left it at 2 hours and aired a rerun of Castle instead in the 10 pm slot. Castle always does well at 10 pm on Monday. Or maybe they don’t want to put another throwaway one hour reality show summer installment with a Big Brother dating theme and Mark Burnett-ish backstabbing moments, see it tank at 76th, 86th or 98th place and cancel it off after rwo shows. This borderlines on excessive, arrogant, cocky and verging on crass the way ABC is doing this. Was last year’s Bachelor Pad so weak that they wanted to do 3 hours this year? They’re getting too riled up like the networks did in summer 2005 when they had some 15(!) reality shows at one time in the summer.

  • PN

    I think because Jake and Vienna are in this one, the fireworks will explode and that’s why they expanded it to 3 hours. I think they want to focus on that Jake/Vienna tangent and not anybody else competing on that show.

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