1) i know they went down the “old guy” path once with bryon, but do you think they’d ever cast a token “old guy” (say 45-ish) on a “bachelorette” season? i notice that they’ve skewed “bachelorette” to be quite young recently…deanna, ali, and ashley h have all been in their mid-20s
2) i’m still not clear about how contestants w/ “regular jobs” take time off. use ashley h’s upcoming season as an example; you’ve indicated that taping starts soon. so if i’m one of the 25 suitors, what’s the minimum/maximum time i’d be contractually unable to work? i assume being eliminated immediately vs being “the winner” makes a difference.
Comment: 1) No. Fleiss even said it in the interview I posted Wednesday that they don’t see themselves straying from casting someone who was on a previous season. And since everyone is roughly between the ages of mid 20’s to early 30’s, I don’t see them going the Byron route again. Thank god. This show is geared toward the women demographic of 18-49. If you cast a 40 year old Bachelor, I think you’ll get a lot of the women 25 and under who’d lose interest. But a 40 year old women has no problem looking at a late 20’s, early 30’s bohunk. Hey, Brad was 38. He just doesn’t look it because he’s in such good shape. That’s probably the oldest we’ll get.
2) Every contestant who is cast on this show basically has to tell their boss, “I could be gone for a week, or I could be gone for six weeks”, since you really have no clue. I think some seasons in the past took as long as eight weeks to film, but they’ve got it down to where it’s about six now. And if you get to the end, you’re gone the whole time pretty much. As for Ashley, she basically had to take another leave of absence from dental school. Now, anyone who knows anything about dental school, you know it’s not cheap, so I can’t imagine Ashley went on the show for an amount of money less than what it’s costing her in school right now. If she did, she’s a horrible negotiator. My guess is Ashley is getting low six figures to do next season.
Hello Steve, I was wondering if there’s a way to contact some of the bachelor contestants from Brad’s season to ask them on a date.
Comment: Oh boy. Ummmm, sure. Pretty much all of them have a Twitter account. Hit em’ up on there. I’m sure they’ll be very receptive to something like that. Then expect a manilla folder with legal papers in it arriving about a week later telling you to stay at least 500 feet away from them.
Remember the day after I posted the spoilers back in December, I gave a warning to all the “incoming freshman” on Brad’s season that “Just watch, the minute your season is over, pretty much every single former guy contestant will start following you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook. It’s a race to see who can get in who else’s pants first.” Well, it’s started. Not gonna name names, but I’m already aware of some hookups already. Totally bizarre to me. Really? That’s what you want to be known for? Your parents must be proud.
Now to move on to my question, I don’t recall ever hearing/reading you mentioning anything about the “More To Love” version of the Bachelor. Why not? Was this a separate franchise? I really enjoyed that season.
Comment: I watched maybe one episode of it and it just didn’t appeal to me. Call me shallow, call me superficial, call me whatever you want, but I don’t think I’m any different from most people who watch television when I say this: People want to look at attractive people on TV. Bottom line. There’s a reason all your favorite shows cast good looking men and women as the leads. It’s because that’s what people want to watch. And “More to Love” was pretty much just the opposite of that. I see what they were trying to do, but it’s been done before and I just think it was played out. If people wanted to watch that, it would’ve drawn huge ratings. But it flopped, the couple broke up shortly thereafter, and no one’s really talked about it since. It’s unfortunate, but as we know, image is everything in Hollywood. And I could’ve told from the minute that show started that it wouldn’t be much of a success. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that’s reality.
I just discovered your column and really appreciate your sense of humor, candor and logic as you cover a VERY entertaining but rarely realistic show. You referenced it in an answer to another email question this week, but I’ve been thinking it all along and I’m wondering if you have any additional information.
How does the process work of the “couple” seeing each other after filming is wrapped but before the finale airs? I think I’ve read that they meet at a safe house in CA somewhere? ABC doesn’t make the rejected woman disappear on these weekends too do they, so as to keep up the secrecy? Like your comment, I find it unbelievable that these visits can go undetected by the media whether it’s the couple’s arrival in CA or their absence from their lives back home.
Also, do you know if Emily brought her daughter on any of the visits?
Comment: Yes, they are secret get togethers monitored by ABC where the couple cannot leave the house they’re put up in. I remember Ali and Roberto saying they saw each other like 4 or 5 times while the show was airing for 4-5 days at a time. Jillian and Ed I believe said roughly the same thing, where they’d go like 5 days on, then 10 days off. The rejected woman plays no part in it whatsoever. Chantal basically goes home to Seattle and resumes her normal life. Well, as normal as it could be having the burden of the spotlight on her with me saying she was the final one up until a couple weeks ago. Did you see on “Regis and Kelly” where she said that for a while she was getting congratulatory emails and texts from people after they had heard she was the “winner”? Oops. Sorry Chantal.
It is amazing that the visits go unnoticed, but these are about as secret as possible. Obviously in Emily and Brad’s case, it wouldn’t be all that surprising that someone might see Brad at an LA airport or on a flight to LA because he was the lead. He could’ve been going there for anything media related. But for Emily, the fact that she was basically flying cross country to see Brad in LA, how no one ever saw her on a flight from Charlotte to LA and put two and two together and maybe drop me a line is weird. Emily would have no other reason to be on a flight to LA for the last three months unless she was the final one. So a big “thanks a lot” to anyone who was ever on Emily’s flights from Charlotte over the last three months for not paying attention or giving me a heads up about it. Bastards.