What better way to ring in the New Year than with a sitcom about two dudes dressing up as women to get jobs? Oh, wait, I just thought of about 18 zillion better ways to ring in the New Year! Yet somehow ABC either didn’t realize how awful their new cross-dressing comedy (and I use that word lightly) Work It was, or the network simply didn’t care. Now, it’s up to Kristen Baldwin, Jessica Shaw, and me to get to work on breaking down Work It for the first 2012 edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Just how awful was it? Has it now earned the title of Worst Show Ever? And, if not, what is worse? Plus, how could ABC leave Cougar Town off the air for this?! READ FULL STORY
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Glad you’re back, original programming! And what a return: A (finally) funny episode of How I Met Your Mother highlighted a strong night for CBS, which won the first Monday of 2012 with a 3.7 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers, according to early results.
All the CBS comedies won their time slots, beginning with HIMYM (3.9/9, 10.2 million), 2 Broke Girls (4.3/10, 12 million), Two and a Half Men (4.4/10, 13.7 million), and Mike & Molly (3.8/9, 11.9 million). Hawaii 5-0 also won its time slot in the key demo (2.9/7) and viewers 11.7 million.
ABC was second for the night in the demo and viewers (2.4/6, 7.2 million), having rolled out another edition of The Bachelor. The two-hour crapfest averaged around 7.6 million viewers in its first hour and roughly 7.8 million in its second hour. It was No. 1 from 8-9 p.m. among women 18-34.
NBC was third for the night, and was helped by an original episode of Fear Factor, which earned a 2.4/5 and 5.9 million viewers. That’s a 60 percent improvement to the time slot versus earlier than season. Give that Joe Rogan a bonus!
Fox ran repeats of House while the CW aired oldies of Secret Circle.
The season premiere of The Bachelor is a little over two weeks away (Jan. 2, 8 p.m. on ABC), but we’ve got an exclusive look at five “ladies” to watch, as chosen by host (and EW.com blogger) Chris Harrison. Click through for an early look at Amber, Courtney, Jenna, Kacie, and Lindzi (yes, Lindzi), as well as my thoughts on Chris’ picks. READ FULL STORY
UPDATED: The Bachelor to a pesky spoiler website: It’s war!
The producer of the long-running dating franchise on ABC has sued Stephen Carbone, aka Reality Steve, who runs a website that routinely runs spoilers (some correct, some not) about the show. Claiming $75,000 in damages, NZK Productions and Alternative Television, Inc. take issue with Carbone’s tactics of “soliciting information from participants, cast, crew and/or other employees” by “inducing them to breach their confidentiality obligations.”
There are some days that I love my job. Actually, that’s most days. But today, the sun seems to be shining just a little bit brighter here at the EW.com offices, as we have gotten our hands on an extended promo for the upcoming season of ABC’s The Bachelor (premiering Jan. 2), starring Ben Flajnik. (Otherwise known as the man rejected by Bachelorette‘s Ashley Hebert.) After watching it
1,932 several times, I have a lot of questions. Click through to watch, read my thoughts, and ponder what might just be the most ridiculous Bachelor promo… EVER. READ FULL STORY
Our sources are confirming a tabloid report that says ABC’s plan is to have Ben Flajnik as the next Bachelor.
The 28-year-old California winemaker was dissed by Bachelorette Ashley Hebert this summer, and it seems things didn’t work out between him and Jennifer Love Hewitt on their apparent recent date (“Rumors are rumors … we did meet, but totally by coincidence,” she insisted to Ryan Seacrest.) But Flajnik will have the ladies lining up in January if all goes according to the network’s current intentions. (Flajnik isn’t officially announced yet.)
Flajnik was angry when Hebert dumped him, which rallied more Bachelorette fans to his side. And the man certainly looks the part, right?
‘Bachelor Pad’ recap: Coup D’Nah
Mike Fleiss, the creator of reality hits like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, which has spawned some of the most unlikable celebrities on the planet (we’re looking directly at you, Jake Pavelka), has been announced as an executive producer for the CW’s upcoming reality project, H8R, which matches disliked stars and the real-life people who hate them.
Fleiss said in a press release, “This is an exciting show for a number of reasons. But to me, what gives H8R legitimate breakout potential is that it is truly original. So much reality TV is completely derivative. Not H8R. I guess you can say I’m a ‘h8r’ of lame, derivative programming.” READ FULL STORY
After weeks of rumors and breathless speculation, lovers of ABC’s lowbrow (but highly satisfying) Bachelor Pad are finally going to learn who’s on board for season two (premiering August 8). ABC has released the official list exclusively to EW.com – and while some fan favorites rumored to be joining (Madison the vampire, Tanner the foot fetishist) did not make the final cut, there will be plenty of entertainingly desperate fame-seekers (see: Jake Pavelka) in reality TV’s raunchiest funhouse, including three “Mystery Men” from the current season of The Bachelorette. Click through for the full release, and check back later this week for exclusive photos of the cast. READ FULL STORY
InsideTV Podcast: And 'The Voice' winner will be...? Plus: Is Bentley the worst 'Bachelorette' contestant ever?
Dia Frampton stole the show this week on The Voice, but does she have what it takes to win the whole thing? Annie Barrett joins me on this week’s InsideTv Podcast to discuss and debate her chances as well as other frontrunners like Jeff Jenkins and Vicci Martinez. Not only that, but we have special correspondent Kristen Baldwin reporting live from the V Room! Apparently, Twitter is completely blowing up!!! Get in on the madness by clicking on the audio icon below. Then, Kristen, Annie and I break down The Bachelorette. Was that roast the meanest group date ever? (Yes.) Is Bentley the biggest Bachelorette villain to date? (No.) And what the hell was up with that dude wearing a mask? (We have no idea.) READ FULL STORY
It’s definitely good to be Mike Fleiss: Not only did the 15th edition of his reality show The Bachelor finish strong on Monday, ABC renewed the unscripted series for a 16th season and picked up The Bachelorette for a seventh (premiering May 23). The network has also granted a second season to Bachelor Pad, meaning it will have some form of Bachelor related programming on its schedule eight months out of the year.
Still in a party mood over Monday’s finale, Fleiss talked to EW about his new bachelorette, that spoiler sport Reality Steve, and why we’ll never see a complete unknown hand out roses ever again. READ FULL STORY
Ladies, this is not the final rose tonight. ABC has renewed The Bachelor for season 16 (premiering in early 2012) and The Bachelorette for season 7, which will premiere May 23. The network has also granted a second season to Bachelor Pad, meaning it will have some form of Bachelor-related programming on its schedule 8 months out of the year. (There is a God!)
The current season of The Bachelor featuring Brad Womack has been averaging 10.2 million viewers a week, and will conclude tonight with what’s sure to be the most dramatic final rose ceremony… ever! The new Bachelorette will be revealed tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
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