Dear ‘Reality’ Steve,
I think what you are doing is ruining TV. Although its my choice to click on your page you are ruining the suspense for all the hopeless humans who are told pre-maturely because of your website. I think its really a lousy way to have a blog. I don’t know if what you are doing is endorsed by these channels, but if so i regret to say I’m going to start a boycott.
Comment: A boycott? Uhhhh, ok. You do that. Are you going to start picketing outside my apartment chanting and marching with big signs that say, “Reality Steve is a Sleaze”? While you’re at it, maybe you can get a “Donna Martin Graduates” boycott going again. We need one of those.
Some people have lost all their marbles.
You’ve said its not about the Lead, but the cattiness, jealousy etc. Well, what if there were 25 women and TWO Bachelors? The 2 men would have to be “matched” as far as looks, how interesting, intelligent or even educated they were, maybe even same height/build (and shoe size..ha ha) , so there would be no reason that all the women flock to one over the other. Maybe one blond, one brown haired to make it easier at first. Can you imagine the catfights, the “I saw him first” , sloppy seconds, etc etc etc. On top of that, what if both Bachelors want the same woman? Talk about jealousy!
The dates would be a bit different and ABC may not want to shell out $ for two rings ( which an interesting twist is, once there are two engaged couples, a coin is flipped -or some more interesting way to decide-to see which couple gets to keep their ring and will she love him enough to marry him without a ring? ) I can picture all kinds of dramafests. It actually sounds to me more like a cross between The Bach and “BP”
Comment: Two Bachelors the whole season? It’d never work. Production nightmare. I don’t ever see that happening.
Now I could see them doing the Byron/Jay thing again. That was a different type of twist that could even work nowadays. Two bachelors show up the first night and the women vote for which one they want to be the lead for the season. I don’t see why they couldn’t do that again. Especially since so many people have their favorites from the previous season, you’d think maybe that’s how they’d want to settle it. Rather than just settling on Ben and saying, “Ok ladies, here’s your guy”, have the first night be Ben and Ryan, or Ben and Ames, or Ben and Michael show up, then the 25 women vote for who they want as their guy and go from there. Don’t know why they haven’t done that since season 6.
Do you happen to know why Holly & Jesse broke up? Yes, can’t believe that’s what I’m thinking about lol. I checked out his bitter tweets after reading your column and sounds like she left him for another bachelor family member. Was it straight to Mike?
Also, how is your 90210 rewatch fest going? What season are they on now?
Comment: According to her, he gave Holly ulcers. Guess that’d be a good enough reason to leave someone.
I’m thoroughly enjoying my 90210 rewatching. This weekend are the last 4 episodes of season 7, which is senior year of college. I hope they start season 8 the following weekend. Haven’t seen that one in a while. You realize that Hilary Swank was Steve’s love interest for like the first 6 episodes? It was right around her time when she was cast as the “Next Karate Kid”, which never should’ve been made. Ruined everything for me. Don’t tarnish the “Karate Kid” name with Hilary Swank. We all know Ralph Macchio was, is, and will always be the “Karate Kid.” No mercy.
Thank you for your column. I love it! I had actually stopped watching The Bachelor after Charlie O’Connell’s season but then my friend turned me on to your site during Ali’s season of the Bachelorette. Now I only watch the show so I can read your commentary the next day. Being that you were just in Vegas, I was wondering whether any Vegas Sportsbooks have ever done a betting line on who will win The Bachelor/Bachelorette. If so, does that line change once you publish your spoilers for the season?
Thanks and I’m loving the additions to your site!
Comment: I know some did it in the past for Survivor, but then irregular bets started coming in from CBS employees so they had to stop that. Yeah sh**, no kidding. What’d they expect? What person WOULDN’T put a bet in on something they knew the outcome to? So to answer your question, no, they’ll never put up a betting line on who’ll win the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”, nor will they for any reality show taped in advance.
Speaking of betting, can I just say that I will be rooting heavily for both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton from “Friday Night Lights” this weekend at the Emmys to win Best Actor/Actress respectively. Lets just say I could turn a nice profit if either of them do win it.
alright im going to keep this short and sweet – love you think you are awesome.
what in the world was up jackies butt at the final rose when they were talking to blake and showing the video of holly and him getitng engaged. honestly he – and she for that matter – arent my favorite poeple in the world but jackie looked like her best friend had just died.
Comment: As I showed in the video link earlier this column, NEVER believe ANY facial reaction you see from this show. “Survivor” does it all the time at tribal council too. They have cameras on you at all times. Taping lasted almost 8 hours that day. Facial reactions could’ve come from any moment. The Vienna look during the Jake/Kasey hug couldn’t have been a more perfect example. They wanted to make Vienna look bad and make it seem like she hated Kasey and Jake making up, so they show a shot of her pouty face, when in reality, you could clearly see she was smiling when those two embraced. I guarantee that wasn’t Jackie’s expression during Holly and Blake’s engagement video.
I was reading an article about Ashley and J.P. and it reminded me of something similar you wrote about….surprise. It’s about her moving to New York to be with J.P. and I realized something. It seems no matter who the lead is (male/female) they seem to end up moving to where the guy lives. I know they stress it in the Bachelor, that whoever he chooses will have to be willing to move to where the Bach lives, but I don’t remember them doing the same for the Bachelorette; maybe I’m wrong.
Comment: I don’t think there’s any insight there. I guess it all comes down to the individuals themselves. You’re right, I don’t remember the guy ever moving to where the bachelorette lived. Matter of preference I guess.
Love your column!
Do you think previous leads watch the new seasons ie Ashley watching Ben’s season? It would be weird I think!
I also had a Bachelor Pad question. I notice Ella’s date last week was a bit crappy compared to Michelle’s (as you pointed out). Why do that? Obviously the producers chose Ella to be on the show, so why then give her crappy dates? Although she did get to drive a very sweet car! I would have just driven that all day!
Comment: I’m sure all past leads watch the new seasons. I don’t see what’s really all that weird about it.
Some dates are crappy every season. Just the way it goes.
You may not have have to hear about Blake and Holly anymore once they “go off and live their life in South Carolina.” But I do. I live in Greenville. Ugh. I agree with everything you say. Do not begrudge them for falling in love on a show. Did they rush into engagement? Sure. Did they have to do it on TV. Absolutely not for every reason you say. Anyway, I really hope they do not become some local celebrity couple. I don’t really care to see his big teeth in every local car ad or her annoying mumbling in some fashion show commercial. Out of curiosity, I googled him to see where he worked (only to avoid his practice should my dental insurance change). All I could find was that he worked in Columbia, a good 2 hours away. Makes no sense why they said he was from Greenville. Maybe he spends time here? West is from Columbia. Maybe they didn’t want two guys on the Bachelorette from the same SC city? Who knows. Anyway, I love my home state, but it is a long way from California. I don’t see Holly settling here for long.
Comment: I think Michael’s answer in his conference call summed up Holly’s situation the best. Nothing I could add to that. I totally agree with everything he said. Dead on.
So in addition to all the other ways the F2 contestants in the Bachelor/ette might find out whether or not they are the chosen one, don’t you think the sunset (or lack thereof) during the final rose ceremony should tip them off? They always have the proposal timed with the sunset. So if you get there early in the day, then you could probably reasonably assume that you are the loser. I think Chantal even said during an ATFR that she was worried because it seemed too early for a sunset proposal. Do you think this is something more contestants will think about, and will ABC ever change their “sunset proposals”?
And secondly, from the reader emails and comments you get, do you think most people are buying Jake’s phony act? On the finale night of BP, the editing and the questions seemed very much in his favor, and they edited in audience sounds to make it sound like people were on his side. I’m not defender of Vienna, and would agree she’s a mess in many ways, but his phony act still tops all, in my opinion. It makes me gag to think anyone would actually believe he needed to go on national TV and chase his ex-fiance around to demand “closure” when she’s clearly uninterested in being near him all for purely unselfish reasons instead of trying to do some major damage control
Comment: As for the sunset proposals, yeah, I guess it’s something they could look into. Seemed to tip Chantal off it wasn’t her, so I guess it could in the future with others.
I’d say it’s a 50/50 split on Jake’s act in regards to the responses I’ve personally received. I think nationally it’s probably 75/25 more in his favor for God knows what reason. I just chalk it up to most people who watch this show being naïve.