Just wanted to give a few thoughts on the wedding that aired Sunday night, plus give you some news and notes of things going on recently. With President Obama’s speech pushing back the start time of Ashley and JP’s wedding 25 minutes, it subjected us to watching “Wipeout” and moved the football game to another channel. You would think that for many people, listening to the President eulogize 26 killed in Connecticut on Friday would be respected, honored, and revered by everyone no matter how much you like the Patriots and/or 49ers. However, America reared its ugly head again on Sunday night. If you’re easily offended don’t click on this link, but DeadSpin.com did an excellent job of taking a screen shot of plenty of Twitter accounts Sunday night that were pissed off NBC cut away from football game coverage to cover the President speaking live in Connecticut. Racism, bigotry, hatred, and complete insensitivity is alive and well in this country. Really? Because you had to go to different channel to watch a football game for 20 minutes? That seriously is one of the worst things I’ve ever read in my life. Disgusting.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Twitter is one of the greatest inventions ever and it’s also one of the worst for the sole reason that anyone can write anything with zero regard for human decency and basically have zero repercussions. Makes me sick. I don’t care if you had $1 million riding on the 49ers/Patriots game, or bet your house mortgage on it, for Christ sakes, they cut away in the first quarter and the game was moved to TWO different channels that you could watch it on. You were THAT upset enough to run to Twitter and drop n-bombs on the President of the United States? Sick, disgusting, people that I hope I never have to come in contact with in my life. There isn’t a bigger sports fan out there than me, and I could care less what’s happening in the first quarter of a football game enough to do that. What a joke. Props to DeadSpin.com for outing those ignorant, racist, and disgusting human beings.
To be honest, because I had to watch the “Survivor” 2 hr finale then 1 hour live reunion show first, along with the end of the Patriots/49ers game, it was 11:00 CST time before all of that was over, so I actually fast forwarded through a lot of Ashley and JP’s wedding show. I still have it saved, so maybe someday I’ll go back and watch it in its entirety, but I think I got the idea of what it was all about. Ummmm, it was a wedding. And it followed essentially the same exact format as Jason and Molly’s televised wedding. Show their journey, show what they’re doing now, engagement party with both parents, plan the wedding, clips from the Bachelor & Bachelorette party, show people arriving and conduct interviews (in this case Trista & Ryan, Jason & Molly, and Sean), show the wedding, clips from the after party, preview Sean’s season. And if they ever televise another wedding, pretty much lock it in it’ll be the exactly the same thing only with different people. But here are my thoughts of what I saw:
-I love how Chris Harrison started out the show by telling us about all the “successful couples that have met on the show.” Granted, there were more couples that have formed outside of the show whether through Bachelor Pad or reunions or whatever, but somehow those count towards their “record” of uniting happy couples together. Really? You’re counting Jesse Csincsak and Anne Leuders as a couple from this show? Sure they were both on it, but ABC can’t stand Jesse and all the nonsense he feeds to internet sites about the show. Yet when they need to boost their ego of “Hey, check us out! Look at how many couples we’ve given you!”, they threw Jesse & Anne in there. And if there’s a single person who remembers who John Presser and Tara Durr are, you must have a photographic memory. I don’t even think their own families remember them from the show.
-The stuff about meeting with the wedding planner, and the dress designer, and the cake designer, yeah, that’s the stuff I pretty much skipped because, well, frankly I didn’t care. And I was tired.
-I did find it curious that when they were recapping Ashley and JP’s journey from her season, they never included any clips of her balling her eyes out over Bentley and how distraught she was when he left the show, even going so far as to say she could see a life in Salt Lake with Bentley. Guess she got over him pretty quick. Ha ha…just sayin’.
-JP and Ashley seem to be a great couple and I respect the fact that they were able to avoid the Hollywood bug once their season ended and focused on their relationship. Probably a huge reason of the reason why they actually ended up working out in the end. But I gotta know, how many times a week do they really go out to a lake on a rowboat to stare into each other’s eyes, have picnics, and feed each other candy apples? They ramped up the cheese factor about 100 times in this episode.
-I did watch all of the Bachelor/ette party segment. I guess the thing I learned most is now I know what kind of panties Ashley wears. Thanks for that visual. And not to mention if JP ever takes Ashley up on her idea of installing a pole into their bedroom, they could have a really exciting sex life.
-So the guys got to race fast cars and drink Scotch for the bachelor party? Pretty cool I guess but, ummmmmm, where’s the female entertainment for the night? Lets just say if, oh I don’t know, HBO was the one airing this party and not ABC, maybe we would’ve actually gotten an accurate depiction of what most guys do for their bachelor party.
-And just like Jason & Molly’s bachelor/ette parties (which were in Vegas), at the end of the night, the couple ends up breaking away from their party to meet up. Been there, done that ABC. Maybe go a different route next time. Ashley & JP decide to meet up and do a little ice skating in Scottsdale because if Scottsdale is known for anything, it’s certainly ice skating.
-I wonder how disappointed Arie and Jef were that they never got their camera time when they heard the bachelor/ette parties were at Mint in Scottsdale and tried to crash it. You know, considering they’re such close and personal friends of Ashley and JP and all. It’s ok. I’m sure they had fresh-out-of-college women they still needed to hit on that night. Well, Arie did at least. Jef was too busy with Katianna Bear the whole night. No, that’s not the name of a porn star. It’s an actual girl that Jef has been flying around to see for the last month or so. And the more he tries to deny there’s nothing going on between them, the worse he sounds.
-Once the actual “live” part of the wedding started and Chris Harrison started interviewing former couples, I love how he puts them both on the spot and asks them about Sean and his upcoming season. I don’t know this to be 100% fact, but I can almost guarantee at the time that interview took place on Dec. 1st, Trista & Ryan and Jason & Molly had never even met Sean in their life, and if they had, it was just minutes before when he arrived that day. Sean was in Las Vegas the night before the wedding, flew in the morning of Dec. 1st to attend the wedding and was only there for the ceremony, then flew out that night to be back in Vegas for pre-party for the 1/2 marathon run he did the next day. I was told Sean wasn’t at that wedding for more than maybe 3 hours total. And you could tell by both couples answers, they didn’t know a thing about him.
-I think the ceremony itself was very nice and it was a good sendoff for both Ashley and JP. Of course, most people that have emailed me have asked about the seating chart and why certain people were seated next to other, etc. I don’t know and don’t really care. It is what it is.
-The after party didn’t really show much either except for some ITM’s of Ali, Jillian, Emily, Ashley and JP’s first dance, and a quick shot of the crowd dancing. So not like this 2 hour show was anything spectacular, but what’d you expect? It was a wedding. They weren’t gonna make it more dramatic then it had to be. They saved that for the extended preview of Sean’s season.
-Unfortunately for Ashley and JP (but maybe a hint to ABC), the ratings for this episode Sunday night were awful. 3.5 million people watched. To compare, an average episode of the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” averages around 8 million viewers. “Bachelor Pad” averages 5.5 to 6 million an episode. Ouch.
-Now, I don’t immediately want to dismiss this show as a failure but I think they have to take things into account next time. Since Ashley’s season aired, they’ve aired Ben’s season, Emily’s season, and two seasons of “Bachelor Pad.” So to air a wedding of two people who got engaged 18 months ago might’ve played a role in it. The start time being delayed 25 minutes could’ve played a role too. But the bottom line is I guarantee you when ABC set out to televise this wedding, they were hoping for WAY more than 3.5 million viewers. So no doubt this is going to have them re-thinking doing this again.
-Now I know 2003 was a completely different time and this was pretty much a completely different show back then, but 17 million people tuned in to watch Trista and Ryan’s wedding. Even Jason and Molly’s wedding, televised in March of 2010, drew 9.2 million viewers. 3.5 million for Ashley and JP? That’s not good, no matter how hard ABC tries to spin it.
-And finally for all those who asked on Twitter or email, yes, I did get Ashley and JP a wedding gift that was sent to them almost a month ago. However, I don’t see how it’s anyone else’s business what I got them. How is that’s important in any way, shape, or form? If you want to ask them and they want to tell you, so be it, but I highly doubt they will.