“Reader Emails,” 3 More Confirmed Contestants, What Des’ Has Been Up To, and No More “Bachelor Pad”

Today is the start of the best time of year for me personally as a sports fan. Sure, the Super Bowl is great. And yeah, I’ll watch the World Series, NBA Finals, and the BCS National Championship Game. But for my money, March Madness is the most exciting sport event for me. Always has been. I love it. Once this column is posted, I’m gonna grab an early lunch, then plop myself on the couch for the next 10 hours watching a sh*tload of basketball. And then wash, rinse, and repeat tomorrow. What can I say? Working from home definitely has its perks. Sure, if I get any info on Des’ date today, I’ll tweet it out, but my main focus will be on this tournament as I have my 5 brackets that I filled out sitting right next to me the whole time. Speaking of my tweets…

Man, a lot of stuff to get to before we even delve into the “Reader Emails,” (“Dr. Reality Steve” will return next week), if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times: If you’re not following me on Twitter, you should. Especially when we’re in the “off season,” meaning when the show is filming since I don’t write nearly as many columns. I will post info and pictures on my Twitter long before I post a column usually. So if you want all your up-to-date info regarding the filming of Desiree’s season, I suggest you start following there. Sure, it’ll eventually make it into a column, but we’re a week into filming, and I’ve already got a lot of news, pictures, and info that was all tweeted out since last Thursday.

I’m sure you all have heard by now that Mike Fleiss tweeted in response to a follower asking when “Bachelor Pad” was going to air, he said, “Not this summer…” Well, it’s true. “Bachelor Pad” is not airing this summer, and as far as I’ve heard, it’s done. I don’t know the exact reason surrounding, but I can tell you what I’ve heard. It certainly had nothing to do with ratings because any summer show that can draw 5-6 million people a week and you can win your 2 hour time block, along with the women 18-54 demo, is golden. So if a show that did that is getting cancelled, it has to be for other reasons. What I’ve heard is this: Remember, The Walt Disney Corporation owns ABC, along with a few other networks (Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E, and a few others).

Apparently “Bachelor Pad” didn’t quite fit with ABC’s “family” programming if you get what I’m saying. Now, you might say, “But the ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ does?” Lets not mistake one show for the other. As silly as it is, the “Bachelor/ette” is far more tame in terms of the “sex” factor than “Bachelor Pad” is. It’s built around the travel, the fairy tale, the idea of two people getting engaged on TV, etc. “Bachelor Pad” is strictly just a bunch of drunk 20 year olds trying to sleep with each other and win some money. So in that aspect, I understand why they cancelled it. Does it mean it will never come back? Not sure. The fact that Fleiss and executive producer Robert Mills both retweeted a story by EW.com begging ABC to bring “Bachelor Pad,” back makes me think (and kinda proves) that this call was made by the big wigs above the show. This was a network call, and their tweets are essentially saying, “See? We’ve got fans who don’t want this show to leave, but it’s not our call.” We’ll see what happens in the future, but it definitely won’t be airing once “Bachelorette” ends. Oh well. That’s 6-8 weeks less income for me this year. Kinda weird to think I’ll pretty much be done writing columns this year at the end of July. Sure I’ll have the “Bachelor” to spoil from Sept. thru November, but ending my writing “year” in July seems funky. Ahhhhhhh, vacation!

Where to begin? Well, filming began last Thursday night at the mansion with 25 guys. After adding three more today for you (and subtracting one), I’ve now confirmed 13 of them. These have now been updated in the “Desiree’s Guys” section at the top of the page. “Spoilers,” then “The Bachelorette,” then “Bachelorette Desiree Spoilers,” then “Desiree’s Guys.” Can’t miss it. Or just click here. As you can see, I’ve removed David Insogna. He ended up being an alternate and was sent home the day filming began. Good. Cuz I didn’t have a lot of info on him anyway. As for your three newest guys, here they are:
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11. Diogo Custodio: 27 or 28, Lake Tahoe, CA. Born and raised in Brazil. Came from practically nothing as family was very poor. Masters degree from Kingston University in the UK. Getting his Business Doctorate Degree at UC San Diego. Works at the NorthStar at Tahoe Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe. Speaks 5 different languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portugese. His Facebook page is off.


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12. Brian Jarosinski: 28, Baltimore, MD, Financial Advisor for Gateway Capitol Financial. Played baseball at the University of Maryland before going on to play some minor league ball. Geesh, that’s three former minor league players now. His Facebook page is still up and he’s got a boatload of pictures on there if you want to see. He’s part of the “Good Fellas of Baltimore” which are a group of entrepreneurs that do charity work and help families in need. And I guess have their own little reality show online every week. Also looks like he’s done some modeling (even in his underwear) under the name “Brian Bloom.” Was on the Blue Team in the dodgeball game.


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13. Brandon Andreen: 25 or 26, Minneapolis, MN. Account Executive at US Internet. Had a nice mugshot 5 years ago for driving after his license was revoked. Oh hey, lookie here, another model. His Twitter page is still active as well. Was on the Red Team in the dodgeball game.

95 thoughts on ““Reader Emails,” 3 More Confirmed Contestants, What Des’ Has Been Up To, and No More “Bachelor Pad”

  1. hey, all!!! for those who are interested, start playing around with your predictions under the archive “the bachelorette, des’s guys” .. some have already started pitching their f4, and the deadline will be approximately the week of 4/8… sound good, karyn?

    freeasabird will also be keeping track of our predictions through a special survey site of her own, where she will be able to see who’s in the lead, and other fun stuff like that!

    this combined with the new bachelor game that steve created will keep us entertained all season : )

  2. Count me in, sounds fun! Thanks for taking the lead on this and volunteering to track everyone’s predictions, kasey and Karyn! And I’ll definitely need to take freeasabird’s survey.

    Regarding the deadline, I think rather than setting a date, maybe let’s make it X amount of days after all 25 ((26? Who knows?) of the guys’ names/pics have been released. That way we can make sure everyone has enough time to look them over and comment who their picks are, instead of running the risk of having the deadline only a day or so after all guys have been revealed. Just a thought!

  3. Hopefully all guys will be revealed before RS starts posting spoilers of who went home when. Otherwise I guess it would be purposeless to post our predictions lol!

  4. iheart, good poing.. just want to make sure none of the spoilers influence anyones predictions.. for instance, we already know brooks gets a rose and we know of one other one-on-one date.. and i think it took steve a while to get all 25 women confirmed last season, so a vague deadline would probably be best before he starts putting out too many spoilers.. but hopefully by the 2nd week of april we’ll have enough guys to choose from : ) it’s just for fun anyway!

  5. Glad to hear Steve’s lawsuit has been settled! Although I sometimes find his outlook a little off-putting, I definitely think ABC is the biggest bully in all this & Steve has a right to his spoilers. I’m guessing it was settled somewhat amicably? did he give any details, iheart?

  6. Ok…1st of all, what I said about the private moments of public people was a paraphrase, not a quote. Sorry… I almost never read extended diatribes, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t comment directly on your comments as I read very little of it — I have a very short attention span.

    Like TMZ or not, they get it right more so than most ‘rags.’ But I’m never one to rely on any one source for forming ‘opinions’ about anything. The statement I made and the decision to post the TMZ story, was a compilation of a number of factors — the aforementioned ‘story’ being just one. ‘Nough said.

    Did anyone happen to catch “Talking Dead” episode 314 (On Demand) where Laurie Holden (Andrea) is a guest? If so, did you notice how she referred to her character in the past tense through her response when asked about her evolution from despair to hope? Perhaps it’s curtains for Andrea.

  7. jacey, I watched Talking Dead and didn’t catch that one. Sunday night should be good!

  8. Liz, nope, he didn’t give any other details. I don’t know anything other than what he posted on his FB, which is what I copied and pasted yesterday in my comment. I agree with you completely that he was being bullied by Fleiss and the production company and am happy that he can continue on with his spoilers.

    *The Voice*
    I haven’t always watched this show regularly but I’m going to try to watch it more this season. Anyone catch the final auditon of last night’s episode? Sarah Simmons was amazing!!! Her performance gave me goosebumps.

  9. @jacey, how can you have a conversation about something when you don’t listen to what the other party says? When you are discussing an issue with someone face-to-face do you plug your ears & hum until they’re finished talking & you’re ready to speak again? ;) Anywho, I’m just going to say one more thing & then I’ll get off TMZ’s case. Jacey says “Like TMZ or not they get it right more than most rags”. I’m wondering how you could know that- my whole point was that just b/c they’re not sued for every story they post, doesn’t mean they got it right! It just means they weren’t challenged on it & many celebrities don’t challenge the tabloid BS. They just ignore it b/c it only brings TMZ publicity & costs the celebrity time & money to refute the false stories. Anyway, it’s just one story by TMZ. It’s not that big a deal, I just felt moved to say something b/c I don’t think it’s right that the media gets away with printing false stories all the time- even though they very obviously do!

  10. @liz123 – First, you don’t know whether the DWTS story is true or false.

    Secondly, I can run down a very extensive list of instances where TMZ reported (and verified) stories to be true before anyone else. Examples: Deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and the Tiger Woods vehicle-gate. Ok… I’ll rephrase… ready? In every instance where I’ve cared to pay attention (over the years), they’ve been dead on with what they reported (examples cited above).

    Third…What conversation???? I didn’t ask any questions or direct comments to anyone in particular. I posted an article and stated an opinion — plain and simple.

    Didn’t say I don’t read comments, I said I tend not to read ones that go on and on because “I have a short attention span.”

    I always tell members of my client groups “Listen more than you speak.” I think that advice is apropos to this instance.

  11. @jacey, You’re absolutely right! I have no idea whether the story @ Sean is true or false. Sean may be the most demanding little diva-ish jerk in the history of the world… or he could be a perfectly swell guy. TMZ has been the first to report many things & it appears they often do so accurately. I agree with that entirely. In fact, I remember reading that MJ had died on their site shortly after it happened, so they do get it right sometimes. (Of course, it’d be easy to prove whether that was true or not, so they better be damn sure before they report something like that.)

    My ONLY point was that not *everything* they print is 100% true & they can easily get away with reporting things that are false. <— Can't we agree on that point at least? That was all I intended to get across with my comments.

  12. @liz123… prime example: Here’s what I said ["Like TMZ or not, they get it right more so than most ‘rags.’ ***But I’m never one to rely on any one source for forming ‘opinions’ about anything***. The statement I made and the decision to post the TMZ story, was a compilation of a number of factors — the aforementioned ‘story’ being just one. ‘Nough said."]

    Here’s what you read: “Like TMZ or not, they get it right.”

    The best predictor of [future] behavior is past behavior, so my money’s on more of the same thing. Aye Yai Yai!

  13. **The Voice**
    Stellar voices! LOVE this show and the new combination of judges. They seem to get along so well, they play nice together. Blake with his finger, Usher with his leg prop, Adam with his tatoos and Shakira with her humor (and thank goodness, so far, MORE clothes than Aguilera ever wore), they all meld so well.
    Early picks, Josiah Hawley, (never underestimate the power of eye candy) – team Usher, Sarah Simmons (If God Was One of Us) – team Adam…just from the 2nd night.
    I appreciate SOOO much more how The Voice is positive, ONLY shows true talent and the judges are so encouraging and playful with each other, it’s just refreshing.

  14. **The Following**
    I haven’t watched yet. While last week was “lighter” than the week before I’m still a bit anxious. Did anyone watch yet? Can you give me a heads up?

    **Smash**
    I did watch this and it’s getting a bit convoluted to me. I don’t like how the stories keep branching off then rejoin then branch off again.

    **Revolution**
    Anyone watching this? I distinctly remember calling this one “full of gore” then I started watching The Following, funny how your perception changes sometimes. We’ll see what they bring to the table this season.

  15. Hey jacey did you read the story TMZ posted about 2 weeks ago about Lil Wayne? LOL They sure are pretty reputable, huh?

  16. Love it, allybow!

    Liz, you made perfectly sense to me.

    Randais, I’m 3 episodes behind on The Following! The last one I watched was the one where Joe’s attorney helped him escape from prison. So I have two after that and then I think there was even a new one Monday too. Hopefully I can get caught up this weekend. I’m guessing the next one for me is the gory one, right? I’ll have to be prepared to cover my eyes as soon as I see something too gross. I’m still loving that show though!

  17. Now I’M the one not making sense. meant to say Liz, your comments made perfectly good sense to me.

  18. @jacey, I was trying to be amicable with my last post b/c as far as I can tell neither of us own stock in Sean Lowe or TMZ, but you just can’t stand it. It seems you have this irresistible urge to be disagreeable at every turn with your tone & your “Aye Yai Yai”s- that’s soooo clever, by the way. I happen to like the “aye yai yai” much better than the “ay carumba” you were using last week when you berating someone in what I thought should’ve been an amicable debate. I also love your use of the “I’m responding every 3 mins, but I won’t be reading your responses” logic. You keep saying some version of that to the myriad of people you disagree with on this comment board, but none of us buy it. You’re obviously reading them, so I’m not sure why you keep saying you’re not. Some sort of defense mechanism would be my guess, but hey you seem to be the expert on… what? everything?… so you should tell me why you keep saying it.

    Maybe you should seek help for your inability to EVER have a logical debate with another person without being condescending & defensive. It’s probably not healthy. While you’re at it, you should ask for some meds for your “short attention span”. They have stuff like that on the market now. Best of luck! Mmmuah! <— Consider yourself kissed (remember saying that to me?). Yeah, so do I. It's cute & clever, so I thought I'd use it too!

  19. liz. hahahahaha.. sorry, but that was funny.. “consider yourself kissed (remember saying that to me?) yeah, so do i.” hehe xo

  20. Hear hear, @liz123. I agree with everything you said – emphatically. Kudos, you’re more persistent than I was – I gave up trying to have a logical conversation – the ‘aye carumba’ was directed at me. I figured there wasn’t much point – felt like I was talking to a ‘mean girl’ type. Lots of those in the anonymous land of blogs.

  21. Now I’m laughing… at your constant hyperbole, generalizations, and the assumption that I have any desire to engage in any sort of back and forth with you. I’m perfectly content ignoring you. Please. Feel free to do the same. No, seriously. Please ignore me. It’s gonna wreck my day, but I suspect I’ll survive.

    You’re woefully predictable, and stunningly sophomoric in your reasoning — unless you’re twelve. We’ve established that you clearly don’t read what’s said before you comment. You’re way too vested, and a tintsy bit annoying when you attack views different than your own… just a smidgen… Wee bit, don’t you think?

    I think you’re keenly aware that I have zero interest in your comments here, so you address me directly with overblown statements that beg to be refuted. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve gagged on all the words you put in my mouth.

    You have serious tunnel vision, You’re starving for validation. and seem to live in overdrive. Shift it back, honey. It’s just not that serious.

    Why on earth would I want to engage with you? You’re exasperating. Run along, Dittohead.

    Yawn…

  22. **NASHVILLE**
    FINALLY! A new episode!
    Gunner reached his breaking point.
    Rayna’s daughter almost got broken.
    Juliette is breaking the rules.
    Deacon’s new pup needs to be house broken.
    Rayna and Teddy’s break up is making their daughter act out.
    Avery broke his contract.

    Think that about covers it. It was a pretty good episode. For me, any show with a puppy is a good show :D .

  23. Regarding TMZ: I think they are “more reputable” than The Enquirer because I haven’t seen them just make up a story out of nothing. So, if that passes are reputable, then OK. But TMZ will go with a comment from anyone, without fact checking. This means that they repeat rumors and innuendoes. I don’t think that’s dishonest, because it’s not like they are pretending to be journalists. But I don’t go to TMZ for hard facts. That’s not the business that they’re in. Just because their rumors are sometimes or even frequently accurate, doesn’t mean anyone should take their “stories” as fact. In Sean’s case, it could have come from a DWTS producer, a friend of a producer, the dog of a producer or some random Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pal. (In order of descending credibility)

  24. jacey, your actions contradict your statements. You find people “exasperating”, but you continue to bait them. It’s like you’re pretending to be oh so casual and not bothered, but your actions contradict your words. Just wanted to point out how you don’t make any sense. It’s kind of funny.

  25. Karyn is right, Jacey- you’re contradicting yourself pretty regularly on here. You clearly seem to get a rise out of constantly arguing with people on here in a defensive manner, namely with Liz123. Just seems kind of pointless, especially when you deny it.

  26. oy vey, jacey, you make my head spin, you really do. You’re all over the map, and you’re also “my way, or no way”. After this post, I will ignore you, and I suggest everyone else do the same. Jacey obviously thrives on the attention, and I for one, am not going to give it.

  27. rob, a dog of a producer seems like the most plausible.. ; ) the producer brought his dog, the dog didnt take very well to sean, and bc we all know dogs have a very strong intuition regarding people, the producer knew it was true..

    but to err on the side of caution, he later brought in his pet parakeet, and the when the producer asked the parakeet what he thought about sean lowe, the bachelor, the parakeet repeated “diva, diva, diva” all the way home…

    so, really, they had 2 sources, but chose to use just 1.. theyll save the parakeet for when kellie pickler is knocked up with derek hough’s baby..

  28. btw, jace. it’s exacerbated.. just sayin! if you’re gonna use big words, you might as well spell them correctly… honey!

  29. **the following**
    moving on… how was the following?? anyone watch it on monday?? i tried to get my mom into it, but she said it was too gruesome.. i reassured her that it gets a little better.. was monday overly gory?

  30. quick!! let ME be the first to point out my exacerbating comment.. that word is much more fitting than exasperating, so maybe i should have corrected the meaning of the word, as opposed to the spelling of it ; ) my apologies, jace…

  31. *Nashville*
    Randais, I didn’t watch it last night and tried to scroll past your post but my screen froze and I ended up seeing everything. Oh well, I guess now I don’t need to watch it since it looks like you posted everything that happened. ; )

  32. Gawd… I find group think and Dittoheads kinda annoying, but mostly sad.

    Stop getting it twisted. I’m here for one reason… to think out loud and maybe gain some insights. I’m not looking for interaction/debate as I find some of what’s posted here vacuous, uninspired and not worth a keystroke.

    Who was it that said there needs to be an IQ test for entry??? I think they may be onto something.

    Unless directly addressed, I’m more than happy to let individual comments stand on their own. It’s fairly easy to do since as soon as I my ‘stupid comment radar’ pings, I stop reading. News flash!!! You can do that, too. Don’t like what I have to say? — It’s cool. I ain’t talk’n to you. Move on. Get it now?

    I’ve *responded* (hesitantly, because I never want to be the impetus for more ‘pearls of wisdom’) only when directly addressed. And when I do, it’s usually merely to highlight the gaping holes, inaccuracies, blanket statements and shortsightedness so amply represented here among the few.

    Understand this… I don’t want to talk to you. Listen carefully with your eyes and ears, not your fingers… I don’t comment on other poster’s general comments for a reason. You don’t seem to get it [you know who 'you' are], so let me spell it out… I’m not here to interact with you (s) — Ever. So quit talking at me, already.

    My sincerest apologies to those of you outside the dittohead circle who’ve had to endure this ridiculousness. It ends for me at “Post Comment.”

    MUTE

  33. Oh yes, it’s very clear to me that you care nothing about the back & forth & I am “keenly aware” that you have zero interest in my comments… when you replied to EVERY SINGLE ONE of them! Huh?? Are you & I even on the same planet??

    One more thing & then I’ll let the rest of your delusions speak for themselves. Are you sure you know what the word ‘hyperbole’ means? If you read my last comment (zero hyperbole contained in it) & then read your last comment, I think it’s pretty clear who’s heavy on the hyperbole, dear. You should probably look up those big words before you spew them at someone.

    This is more for the logical folks out there than it is the ones who just want the drama: It’s not personal when I disagree about TMZ’s credibility. Not personal at all. It’s enlightening & fun to go back & forth & say “hey, this is what I think & this is the reason” & so on. No need to turn it into something more than that, imo. The end.

  34. Jacey, this is my favorite quote from Billy Madison and I think it applies perfectly to your most recent comment. Enjoy.

    “What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  35. In order to better understand the various dynamics leading up to S3 of TWD, and in prep for the season finale on Sunday, I’ve begun watching the 1st two seasons along with TD — both of which I’d not watched prior to now.

    The episode where the camp is overrun by a mindless, blood-thirsty, herd of dead heads really resonated. Can’t imagine why.

    That close-up of Dale’s face when he sees the herd coming down the highway… the music… the camera panning out to reveal to the audience what he and Rick were seeing, and Andrea’s reaction when she looks out the window… Zoiks! Every time you think it can’t get more intense — it does and in a big way.

    I do notice some major differences in the zombies from S1 to now… Signs of intelligence… speed. Many of them look to have more than just brain stem activity. The scene inside the camper with Andrea and the ‘Crypt Keeper’ is a good example.

    Great to better understand the ‘Morgan’ connection.

    Not sure I understand why Rick got the reaction he did from the group when he revealed that he killed Shane and Carl “put him down” but Laurie’s was especially puzzling.

    I’m predicting a Laurie return (we never saw a body or Carl shoot her) and Andrea exit on Sunday. I hope not, but I think Glen and/or Maggie exits along with Carol and possibly beloved Herschel. If they kill Daryl, I’m not watching any more. j/k

    Never thought I’d be saying it about a show with Zombies, but I’m digging this.

  36. iheart – bwahahha your screen FROZE on my abbreviated synopsis? Sowwy I spilled all the beans for you, feel free to spill something for me ;D.

    Kasey – I STILL haven’t watched this weeks but I think I may venture back into the land of The Following tomorrow, right after grocery shopping, in broad daylight, with the doors and windows locked and my dog in the room. I’ll let you know.

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