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InsideTV Podcast: Mike Fleiss reveals he wants to bring 'Bachelor Pad' back in 2014

While Desiree is spending this summer avoiding bad white boy rapping and suitors obsessed with hashtags and high fives on The Bachelorette, fans of the franchise have been mourning the loss of the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Bachelor Pad, which will not be returning to ABC’s schedule this August, where it has resided for the past three years.

But Bachelor/Bachelorette exec producer Mike Fleiss dropped a bombshell on Jessica Shaw and me when he called in to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105. “I love Bachelor Pad,” said Fleiss. “I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while — let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer when it comes back…” WAIT, WHAT?!? Bachelor Pad is coming back? “I have a good feeling it will be back next summer,” revealed Fleiss. “I really wanted to give it a break because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad.” By “populate” we’re pretty sure he means spread sexually transmitted diseases, but there’s no need to get into technicalities. The point is, plenty of bimbos and himbos could be back in work in 2014! Mike Fleiss: job creator!

To hear Fleiss talk about the return of Bachelor Pad, the biggest differences between The Bachelor and Bachelorette, the horrific “Right Reasons” rap from last week, and all the drama set to go down on Monday night with the arrival of one of the suitor’s girlfriends, then click on the audio player below for more. READ FULL STORY

ABC plans 'Bachelor' bloopers special for May -- EXCLUSIVE


Fantastic news, rose lovers! Though ABC spat upon our hopes and dreams by not renewing Bachelor Pad for a fourth season, the network is about to announce a small peace offering to Bachelor Nation: a bloopers special! Hosted by Chris Harrison, the one-hour special called The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments (airing May 21 at 8 p.m.) will feature goofs, gaffes and general hilarity spanning all 17 seasons of The Bachelor and 8 season of The Bachelorette. As fans know, Bachelor bloopers — usually only seen during the Women Tell All specials — can be extremely illuminating, and often reveal a hidden layer of actual personality underneath the Bachelor’s Ken-doll facade. (I’m looking at you, Brad Womack.) Also, it’s just fun to watch contestants like Tierra almost get decapitated by a boom mic and see Chris Harrison swear a blue streak, as he did in the most recent Bachelor blooper reel. (Click through to watch.) READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor' finale ratings rise


ABC’s The Bachelor closed its season with a finale that posted ratings gains over last year. The two-hour episode was up 14 percent among adults 18-49 compared to last season’s finale, and marked the show’s highest-rated episode of the season. The gain isn’t surprising considering The Bachelor‘s whole 17th season run was stronger than last year’s edition. The network also points out that this season resulted in quadruple the number of tweets.

The After the Final Rose special once again showcased The Bachelor‘s unique pattern of generating a bigger rating for its post-finale special than for the actual finale. The special was up 15 percent from last year.

ABC also announced that former Bachelor Sean Lowe has been added to the upcoming edition of Dancing With the Stars, and that Bach fan favorite Desiree Hartsock will be this summer’s Bachelorette. Full finale recap here.

Elsewhere: Fox’s The Following dipped after weeks of steadiness, probably due to having a Bones repeat. CBS’ Rules of Engagement hit a season low. NBCs The Biggest Loser hit a low.


Sean Lowe, shirtless wonder and former 'Bachelor,' is on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It’s official! As announced on today’s Good Morning America, Sean Lowe will compete with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd on season 16 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. The 28-year-old insurance agent feels most comfortable when he is shirtless, so this is perfect. On last night’s season finale of The Bachelor, Sean was shown pondering the paso doble (along with maybe a thought or two about Lindsay versus Catherine) in his favorite outfit: just a towel.

“I’ll be shocked if Sean makes it through one episode with his shirt on,” Chris Harrison told EW.

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Read more:
‘DWTS’: Sizing up the season 16 cast!
‘The Bachelor’ season finale recap: Too Close for Comfort

Annie Barrett’s ‘DWTS’ Facebook page

Desiree Hartsock will be the new 'Bachelorette'

Desiree Hartsock will star in this summer’s ninth edition of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison announced tonight during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose. The 26-year-old fashion designer had strong chemistry with Sean Lowe on this season of The Bachelor, but was ultimately rejected after a tense meet-and-greet with Des’ brother Nate.

Hartsock recently made waves on The Women Tell All when she showed up without bangs.

Read more:
‘Bachelor’ season finale: Final rose goes to…
Chris Harrison blogs Desiree’s shocking exit
EW’s recap of Desiree’s final episode: Sibling Rivalry

InsideTV Podcast: Should 'Bachelor' Sean choose Lindsay or Catherine? An 83-year-old grandma weighs in!

Image Credit: Dave Hagerman/ABC

Image Credit: Dave Hagerman/ABC

Sean Lowe has a big decision ahead of him on tonight’s season finale of The Bachelor. Should he choose Lindsay Yenter or Catherine Giudici? EW Bachelor expert Kristen Baldwin joins Jessica Shaw and me on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to offer her opinion as well as weigh in on the season as a whole. But Kristen is the mere appetizer, because then we welcome in super-Bachelor fan Nanny, the 83-year-old grandmother of EW’s Breia Brissey.

Although we might have to start calling her Naughty Nanny after hearing the octogenarian weigh in with her hot and heavy feelings about Sean. But as much as Nanny loves Sean, she’s not crazy about the two remaining “ladies” he’s left choosing from. Find out which woman Nanny wanted to go all the way — in every sense of the phrase. [WARNING: There is also plenty of disturbing chatter involving Nanny’s Chippendales calendar and a certain Mr. January.] It is a Bachelor finale preview chat for the ages! To enjoy it, all you have to do is click on the audio player icon below.

Then, we take a trip to the island to check in on the two latest losers from Survivor: Caramoan. The medically evacuated Shamar Thomas calls in to talk about the visit from Jeff Probst we did not see, while also reveling the other injury that sent him to the hospital, and his feelings about what his tribe had to say about him behind his back. And then we hear from Laura Alexander, who tries her best to convince us that she actually used to be on a swim team. HA! (The Survivor chat and interviews start at 24:00.) READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor: Women Tell All' special: Watch a deleted scene -- VIDEO


The ladies finally get to have their revenge when they spill all the behind-the-scenes dirt during the upcoming The Bachelor: Women Tell All special. Check out an exclusive deleted scene, which shows Selma explaining her decision not to kiss Sean. She also reveals via a well-placed “no comment” that she is locking lips with “kissing bandit” Arie Luyendyk. See? Losing has its “perks.” Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'Bachelorette' season premiere set for May 20

There is little rest for rose lovers. ABC has announced that the ninth season of The Bachelorette will premiere on May 20. The lucky single lady will be officially revealed on March 11, after the season finale of Bachelor Sean Lowe’s journey, during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.

Should it be AshLee, whose heart was crushed when Sean said goodbye after she made his final three? Vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor' host Chris Harrison teases tonight's Tierrable episode (and more ambulances to come!)

Tonight’s episode of The Bachelor (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) has everything the show is known for: tension as Tierra and everyone Robyn clash, an ill-conceived group outing that results in someone needing medical attention, a “Pretty Woman” date, and another love-conquers-all-fears adrenaline escapade (and a contestant with intimacy issues kicker). We asked host Chris Harrison for a few teases:

• The roller derby date: “Roller derby was, I think, in the line of many bad ideas for dates where people get hurt. It reminded me of the Muay Thai boxing [during Ashley Hebert's Bachelorette season] where we’re like, ‘How about if everyone just beats each other up,’” Harrison says, with a laugh. “Then they start doing it and getting hurt, and we’re like, ‘This isn’t such a good idea.’ It’s a really physical date, a really rough date. First of all, Sarah is on this date, and physically, she has trouble overcoming that with only one arm. There’s that dynamic, and then literally, the girls are just falling on their butts and it hurts, and it’s not fun, and it’s not sexy, so Sean has to readjust the date on the fly.” (This is not the craziest group date we’ll see this season, Harrison notes: “You just have to wait one week later, and you’ll see the craziest thing. I can’t believe they did it. I will tell you that we are in Lake Louise, Canada, and it’s really, really, really cold. And then the date gets colder,” Harrison says, laughing again. “When you mix naked with cold, that’s a tough combination.”) READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' deleted scene: Sean and Desiree critique terrible art -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This week, in perhaps the most bizarre dates in Bachelor history, Sean took Desiree the bridal stylist to a fake art gallery as part of an elaborate, but not particularly successful, practical joke. While many of you commenting on my recap wondered if Desiree was in on the joke the whole time, this deleted scene from Monday’s episode indicates — to me at least — that Desiree believed she was in a real art gallery… filled with really terrible art. Click through to watch Sean and Desiree peruse and appraise the awful portraits and sculptures. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' preview: Sean tells Robyn 'My last girlfriend [was] black' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


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

'The Bachelor': Sean Lowe on reasons to tune in (besides the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' girl)

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

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