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
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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
News broke Tuesday that Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, two African-American football players from Nashville, are holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss their decision to file a class action lawsuit against ABC’s The Bachelor on behalf of “all persons of color who have applied for the role of The Bachelor or Bachelorette but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race.” The players say they plan to target ABC, Bachelor executive producer Mike Fleiss, and the show’s production companies (which include Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, and NZK Productions).
The release announcing the conference noted that, “Over a combined total of 23 seasons, neither show has ever had a Bachelor or Bachelorette of color.”
EW reached out to entertainment lawyers who specialize in discrimination cases and are based in California (where The Bachelor is filmed) to provide some insight. The lawyers admitted this was an unprecedented case in many ways. “I’ve watched that [area of law] like a hawk, and I haven’t seen a case like this before,” said Jeffrey S. Kravitz of Fox Rothschild LLP. Though facts on the potential case are still uncertain (Claybrooks and Johnson plan to formally file their suit on Wednesday), this kind of case could be a game-changer. READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: Lamar Hurd’s assistant Tammie (the same person featured in the video below) tells EW that Hurd now has a meeting with ABC on Monday.
Fans of The Bachelor (myself included) love to complain about the show. Whether it’s the flatness of Ben Flajnik’s hair or the grotesque overuse of the word “journey,” every season gives viewers something to gripe about. But there’s one legitimate complaint that some fans have voiced for the past 16 (!) seasons: Why has there never been a non-white Bachelor? Last year, the show’s creator Mike Fleiss told EW.com that he and his team “always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”
Well, Mike, your wish is granted! A movement is afoot to crown Portland-based sportscaster Lamar Hurd as the first black Bachelor. According to his professional-looking audition video (click through to watch), Lamar’s assistant Tammy first came up with the idea to submit an application to ABC on behalf of her boss, whom she describes as “perfect.” While Lamar was initially resistant — “Let’s say I wanted to go on it, and was willing to do it, they haven’t even had a black Bachelor” — he ultimately warmed to the idea and agreed to apply for season 17. READ FULL STORY
'Bachelor': Lindzi Cox on whether she bought Courtney's apology and why she wasn't on 'After the Final Rose'
After last night’s Bachelor finale, fans may have wanted to hear what runner-up Lindzi Cox would say to Ben Flajnik, who proposed to Courtney Robertson in Switzerland and renewed their engagement on the After the Final Rose special despite admitting he broke up with her while the season was airing. But they didn’t get the chance. “I was at After the Final Rose, but it was brought to my attention that it was pretty emotional with Ben and Courtney, and it sounded like they have a lot to work on in their relationship, so I sorta decided, along with the producers, that I’m in a good place and I don’t need closure. Ben has bigger issues to worry about, like his engagement,” Lindzi says. “I don’t really have anything pressing I need to say to Ben. If down the road I do, I can have a chance later.”
Her only regret from that night: “I had a really cute dress on,” she laughs. “It was Black Halo. I did wear it last night on Jimmy Kimmel. So I finally got to wear my Black Halo dress.”
We got answers to a few more burning questions when she visited EW earlier today: READ FULL STORY
Guilty pleasure TV will continue this summer on ABC: EW has learned exclusively that the network will order a third season of The Bachelor Pad.
The series, which is a Big Brother-like battle of the sexes in a home populated by former contestants, will return this summer. And there will be twist: A lucky fan can join the show! Viewers can apply to appear on the series at ABC.com/Bachelorpad. (Let the lines form now!)
More information about the new season will pop up after tonight’s finale of The Bachelor.
Season 2 averaged 7.10 million viewers.
InsideTV Podcast: Is Colton the most despicable 'Survivor' contestant ever? Ousted Bill weighs in. Plus: 'Bachelor' chat with EW's fave grandma!
In just four episodes, Colton Cumbie has made a strong case for being the most hated Survivor contestant of all time. Whether it is the borderline racist comments, the bullying of a little person, or just overall disdain for anyone and anything he comes into contact with, Colton may as well just attach his picture next to the word “unlikable” in the dictionary. But is he the most despicable character in the history of the show? Jessica Shaw and I debate that very point in the newest installment of the InsideTV Podcast. And we call in an expert witness in the recently ousted Bill Posley to ask the stand-up comic point blank: Is Colton a racist? Bill answers that as well as explaining his reasoning for agreeing to go to Tribal Council even after his tribe won the immunity challenge. (Turns out he thought Colton was going home!) READ FULL STORY
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