Is it a coincidence that the first post-discrimination lawsuit season of The Bachelor — which hasn’t included a black female contestant since Matt Grant’s season in 2008 — features not one but four African-American women? Short answer: probably not. And in next week’s episode of The Bachelor, one of the three remaining African-American women, Robyn — a.k.a. the one who tanked her back flip during the limo arrivals — asks Sean about this season’s surprising increase in diversity. “I have a question,” she begins tentatively. “You might have to take off your jacket, it might make you a little hot, a little nervous…” To his credit, the Bachelor is not at all rattled — “This is the best question I’ve gotten all night!” he declares — and actually gives a thoughtful answer. Click through to watch his response. READ FULL STORY
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Tonight, Bachelor Sean Lowe begins his journey (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) with 26 women, including the first black female contestants on the show since 2008, a familiar face from the franchise, a contestant who tries to tumble her way from the limo to him in a gown and fails (“It was a cute moment, and I definitely remembered her for it,” he says), and a Fifty Shades of Grey fan (Ashley P., pictured) who whips out a tie from her cleavage. “I’ve never read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I’ve heard all these women talk about it. Obviously I know there’s a sexual connotation there, so I got the point,” he says. “It was maybe a little aggressive for a first meeting, but to each their own.”
Below, Lowe offers more teases for the two-hour premiere and beyond.
• It takes the show less than 30 seconds to get him shirtless in the season opener. “Believe it or not, I don’t always wear a shirt this season,” he says. “You’re gonna see scenes on the beach, scenes at the pool tub, the hot tub. The usual Bachelor stuff. Scenes of me getting ready before a date, getting out of the shower. Lot of shirtless shots.” They were a fairly easy sell to the 29-year-old who now owns an upscale custom furniture business and moonlights with some fitness modeling. “I’ve come to expect it. I don’t fight it. It is what it is. I realize that producers like it when I don’t have my shirt on, and that only means that some people at home might also find gratification in it, too,” he says, laughing. READ FULL STORY
Bachelor Sean Lowe teases rule-breaking, feelings for multiple women, and house drama (or, the usual!)
In a conference call with reporters today, Sean Lowe, the center of attention for the 17th season of ABC’s The Bachelor, premiering Jan. 7, admitted he took a week to think about the offer when producers approached him. “I talked with family, and I prayed about it, and at the end of the day, I knew that I am in a position where I want to find the love of my life, and as crazy as it sounds, I think that you can find that person on The Bachelor if the stars align,” he said. “I just felt like I owed it to myself to give it a try.” He wouldn’t, of course, say if he found that love, but here’s what he would tease:
• He will break a few show rules. ”I’ve never been one to really conform to rules that are set, so you’re gonna see me break quite a few rules,” he said, with a laugh. “I did The Bachelor for a specific reason — it was to find the love of my life — and I feel like there were certain points during the season where I couldn’t follow the rules, I had to follow my heart.” READ FULL STORY
After Emily and Jef imploded, you’d understand if Chris Harrison was starting to lose faith in his own TV show. But quite the contrary! He’s positively giddy about new Bachelor Sean Lowe, whose quest for “love” begins on Jan. 7. “He’s a phenomenal guy,” Harrison says. “Gorgeous guy and super grounded. He’s that diamond in the rough, the guy from middle America you otherwise might not know about.”
Yeah, yeah, enough about the guy. We care about the ladies, and here is an exclusive first look at all 25 of them… uh, make that 26, including the secret bachelorette who will be revealed during the season premiere.
For fans still reeling from Emily and Jef’s breakup this should help lessen the sting: Bachelorette Ashley Hebert’s upcoming wedding to J.P. Rosenbaum will be televised on ABC, the network announced today.
Hebert, who chose love with Rosenbaum during her cycle of the dating show in August 2011, will participate in a whole wedding extravaganza. The special will include dress fittings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and of course the big day itself. The best part? The ceremony is being officiated by Chris Harrison.
Hebert is the second Bachelorette to make it to the altar. Funnily enough, Trista Sutter, who was the first, also filmed her wedding for a television special, as did Bachelor Jason Mesnick. If it ain’t broke…
The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding will air Dec. 16 from 9-11 p.m.
Chuck Lorre is (sorta) trying to make good with Bachelor producers and fans after making a dig at the show last week.
In an online version of his weekly vanity card, the Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory executive producer made an off-hand remark about the ABC reality series while tackling a number of larger political issues in anticipation of the then-upcoming presidential election. “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?” he wrote in part. (Read the full card here, which was censored when it aired after Big Bang Theory.)
After Bachelor Nation took offense (a producer, an ABC exec, and even host Chris Harrison tweeted responses), Lorre used Thursday night’s card to clear the air, saying he was “looking at the show through the tired old eyes of ’60′s feminism” and that “women are now free to do anything they want, and that includes going on a reality show and using all their female wiles to snag Mr. Right.”
Since the moment actor Doug Anthony Hutchison and his 34-years-younger bride Courtney Stodden (then 16) took their marriage public, they have been a cultural lightning rod. From a Las Vegas chapel to a pumpkin patch and now VH1′s Couples Therapy, they have never shied away from a chance to put their controversial relationship on display. But will tonight’s Therapy premiere signal that the honeymoon phase is officially over? Stodden spoke with EW about her reasons for going on the show, the instant rivalry the other women felt toward her, and her husband’s “fearless effervescence.” Read on… READ FULL STORY
Confirming rumors and a strong hint by host Chris Harrison, ABC has finally announced that 28-year-old Dallas “businessman and entrepreneur” Sean Lowe is, in fact, the new Bachelor. Lowe had made it to the final three in Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette. In a PopWatch poll yesterday, more than two-thirds of readers said they wanted him to be named the Bachelor while 28 percent said, “No. I want to still like him, which will be impossible after the show.”
Vital information from the ABC press release (in addition to that he “wants to be the patriarch of a family that is centered on faith, love and laughter”): READ FULL STORY
Bachelor Pad is over, but host Chris Harrison won’t have a moment to rest. After 16 seasons of The Bachelor over the past 10 years, Harrison is looking to season 17. Harrison admits there are a few frontrunners from Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette (which ended July 22), but he also throws out a few higher-wattage names, has some harsh words for Olympic Bachelor wannabe Ryan Lochte, and — oh yes — even addresses the possibility of Robert Pattinson as the next Bachelor. Also, what does Harrison consider the “kiss of death” for a reality show? Read on to find out! READ FULL STORY
Less than two months after Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a discrimination suit against The Bachelor producers Warner Horizon Television and Bachelor network ABC, both parties have struck back. EW has obtained papers confirming that judges in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville have agreed to stay the trial in consideration of a change of venue, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY
ABC is renewing its biggest reality shows. The network has picked up long-running competition series Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, plus slow-growth success story Shark Tank.
The fourth season renewal of Shark Tank is a particularly compelling story. For the first time, Shark Tank is getting a full season of 22 episodes. READ FULL STORY
Producers for ABC’s The Bachelor broke their silence concerning the discrimination lawsuit against the hit series.
“This complaint is baseless and without merit,” read a statement by Warner Horizon, one of the production companies behind the show. “In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the series’ history, and the producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.”
The statement refers to the fact the shows had included a diverse array of contestants vying for The Bachelor/Bachelorette’s attention. The suit, however, is focused on the homogeneous casting of the starring role, which in recent years has been chosen from among the top three contestants from a previous season.
Two black men are taking the decade-long TV franchise to court, accusing producers of exhibiting a “refusal to hire minority applicants” as part of “a conscious attempt to minimize the risk of alienating their majority-white viewership and the advertisers targeting that viewership.”
As reported yesterday, Nashville natives Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson followed through with their threat to file a class action lawsuit against ABC and the producers of The Bachelor franchise for purposeful discrimination against people of color (African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans). The two African-American men and their lawyers discussed their hopes for what they think will be a “landmark civil rights case that will move social justice and economic equality forward.” Said attorney Cyrus Mehri, ”They’re doing their small part in the Unites States’ journey to be a more inclusive country, to be a more diverse country, and to be a country that is far more tolerant than this series would suggest.” READ FULL STORY
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