Man, another punch to the gut yesterday. Granted, it was old news, but still not something I was giddy to have to hear about again. Of course, a few weeks ago I’m dealing with the crushing blow that Jennifer Love Hewitt not only got knocked up, but then compounded that mistake by getting engaged. Cuz as we all know, that’s such a good reason to marry someone. And then to hear reports that she wants this D-list co-star of hers to have a bigger role next season on her awful show because he put a bun in her oven in real life is even more hilarious. This guy has no idea what he’s gotten himself into with her. Good luck, buddy. You’ll need it. Anyway, back to my point. I’m glad that because WetPaint ran the story yesterday about Emily O’Brien getting engaged, some of you felt the need to point it out to me. Yes, I was aware already. She posted her engagement ring on Twitter the day after her birthday earlier this month. It wasn’t fun to see it then, and it certainly wasn’t fun to be reminded of it again yesterday, but hey, thanks for lookin’ out for me. I’ll be all right. Gimmie about 6 months. You know the most bizarre part of my JLH/Emily O’Brien fantasy? Ben Flajnik made out with both of them. So I guess in a way, Ben Flajnik should be looked at as a modern day hero. At least in my eyes.
Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” questions in sooner rather than later. Usually I give you up until Thursday morning for something possibly making it into that column, but I think I’m gonna change that to Wednesday night now. So if you have anything you want to ask, get it in today and tomorrow and I can pretty much guarantee it’ll show up in Thursday’s column.
Did you see who’s got a new podcast? Jason and Molly have jumped into the podcasting world, and they are posting twice a week talking about all things marriage, kids, dating, and even reality TV. The first podcast they did you can listen to below, and it was quite interesting some of the things they said about their season:
Interesting to hear Molly say what producers told her to do on a group date, how much time total she and Jason spent together during the course of all of filming, and how ridiculous even THEY think it is to propose to someone after 8 weeks, and this is coming from an actual successful couple from the show. However, Jason & Molly’s success is not the same as the success Trista & Ryan and Ashley & JP had. And I say that because those two couples met on the show, got engaged at the end, and are still married to this day. They did it the totally bizarre way and are definitely the exception rather than the norm. Yes, Jason and Molly did meet on the show, but they dated for a whole year after the show and before getting engaged, which is entirely different and the way most normal couples should court each other. Take a listen to their podcast, as they surprisingly reveal some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that the producers make contestants do. Makes for a good listen.
Last week James had his conference call with the media, and this guy couldn’t sound more happy with the way everything turned out. Here’s a guy that’s about to get crucified by the gossip police next week’s episode, and he’s got nothing but good things to say about his time on the show and friends that he made. Pretty funny actually. I guess James has already been out on his boat with chicks galore spraying them with bottles of champagne and having threesomes with Mikey. Must be livin’ the life in Chicago. Just remember James, pimpin’ aint easy. Be careful. You can’t be boating with girls, and on Tinder, and on At First Sight, and on Match.com all at the same time. At some point, it’s probably gonna catch up with you. Just lookin’ out my man.
Quite an interesting interview Chris Harrison gave to the LA Times last week, trying to sell Desiree’s season, even though ratings are down, and even going as far as to say maybe they misread what fans wanted. Sure, Desiree is nice and innocent and all, and people certainly felt bad after Sean dumped her, but apparently that doesn’t necessarily translate into what people want to see. It’s funny he mentions her not having an “edge,” which she certainly doesn’t, and maybe that’s what viewers are clamoring to see. Then he gave this interview to the Huffington Post that was downright weird. I mean, I know he wants to promote his new app and all, but did you see this Q&A?
Are you going to use the app to meet some women?
Definitely. We had this beta version up and I’ve gotten addicted to it, I have to say I’m sitting around at home, watching all these videos. I find it as compelling as I find “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” I think people are gonna love it for the same reasons — you can’t take your eyes off of it. You get going and you just can’t stop.
Is anyone else the least bit creeped out Chris Harrison admits to sitting around at home watching all these videos of women on his own dating app? Anybody? Just me? Oh ok. Please, ANY women that Chris Harrison sends a direct message to or starts sexting with, pass that conversation on to me. It would be greatly appreciated.
Last night’s ratings came out, and for the first time this season, the “Bachelorette” didn’t have to compete against the “Voice,” and their audience grew – a little. They’ve basically been averaging 5.9 million viewers a week, with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo. Last night, they drew 6.4 million, while remaining the same with a 1.9. I guess that’s better, but the numbers are still a good 1-to-1.5 million total viewers lower than what previous seasons consistently have drawn. Can’t wait til the tweets start coming today, “Thanks BachelorNation! You helped us reach our highest ratings yet this season!” Is it true? Yes. But is it something to jump up and down and cheer about? Absolutely not. Spin control.
And oh yeah, last Tuesday I tweeted this: “Oh, Brooks Brooks Brooks…” and plenty of you have asked what it meant or will I be addressing it. Yes. In due time.