Honestly, one of my favorite “Reader Email” bags we’ve had in a while. Not necessarily because it’s the longest, because it most certainly isn’t, but because plenty of non-Bachelor related questions/comments. Also, you can just send in an email giving your opinion on something too. Doesn’t necessarily always have to be a question concerning the “Bachelor.” And if you’d even like to debate something, be my guest. Probably a good chance I might not agree with you, but there’s always room for a healthy debate. However, an attacking first email where you call me names and tell me how much you hate me isn’t going to spur any sort of debate. I’m basically going to laugh at you since I find it silly someone would take the time to write someone to tell them how much they hate them. Seems counterproductive, but what do I know…
You have the patience of Job. It is amazing to read all the people you deal with. Bottom line is, the show makes money for ABC, and as long as it does, it will keep going. ABC only has a vested interest in the franchise because of the money that can be made. The more people who talk about the Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants, episodes, etc, the more who watch, the more ABC can charge the advertisers. Money is at the root of everything, especially media related, and if the fans of the Bachelor would get that through their heads, it would be easier to NOT get wrapped up in everything so emotionally!
Good job, you make it more entertaining for all of us.
Comment: Yes, I agree. Been said many times before in this column. This show will end when ABC producers basically decide they’re bored. I don’t think ABC will cancel them first.
Hey Reality Steve!
I was a dedicated fan of Friday Night Lights from the very first episode! I even switched to Directv when they had the rights to air the newest episodes-lol It really was the best series on TV and I was so sad to see it end-I still miss seeing Tim Riggins ; )
I didn’t realize that you were a fan of American Horror Story. I was interested to see if was going to pick up where it left off from last year and after watching last night, obviously it isn’t, which is fine….it still a good show & still freaks me out like it did last year! I was just curious, what do you think about them changing the way they are doing the show this year? (some of the same actors, but totally different storyline, etc)
Anyway, love you column & keep up the good work!
Comment: I had read in the off season that season 2 of “American Horror Story” was going to be a complete re-boot, so it’s not like I was surprised. So when I read that months ago, I was a bit disappointed, because it would’ve been interesting to see them continue the storyline from last season, or have some sort of prequel to it. But just to end it the way they did, then claim afterwards, “Oh we were always going to be a mini series, and every season will be mutually exclusive from each other,” I thought was weak. I think we should’ve known that going in, so we knew at the end of season 1 that that was the end of that storyline. To find out later was a bit disappointing.
As for “Friday Night Lights,” I can’t gush about that show any more than I have. If you like great television, great acting, good storylines, and you enjoyed high school, it’s impossible not to like that show. Best part is, it’s for men and women. It’s NOT a show about football. Football is the backdrop. It’s much, much deeper than that. You can get it on Netflix, Hulu, buy the DVD’s, etc. Season 1 is a full 22 episode season, but seasons 2-5 are only 13 episodes each, so it doesn’t take that long to rip through depending how much time you dedicate. Of course, I watched the seasons as they were happening live, but once they were released on DVD, I bought them the first day and watched 13 episodes in two days. Yes, I know my schedule is a little more flexible than some of yours, but if you dedicate yourself to watching one disc during every sitting, which is basically 4 episodes (2 ½ hours), you’ll be done in no time. Kinda like “24.” People who haven’t seen it think it takes forever to watch 8 seasons. Trust me, that show moves so quick you won’t notice it. Plus, every episode ends with a cliffhanger practically begging you to watch the next episode.
Hey Steve! I have to agree with the reader email today about Friday Night Lights being one of the best shows of all time. My husband and I watched the whole series together (mainly so I could fantasize about Coach Taylor – didn’t realize until halfway through it that he was fantasizing about Tami) 🙂 After that we started the series 24 and finished the entire series a year later – it was incredible as well – probably THE best series of all time! Thanks for the advice!
Comment: My kind of people. I think “24” is the best action drama of all time just because there isn’t a single show in the history of television like it due to it’s storytelling. No other show before it or after it has tried the “real time” concept, and none ever will. The fact they were able to do that 8 times was nothing short of a miracle. Sure, certain storylines in certain seasons dragged on because they have to account for every minute of every day, but the overall action and twists and turns got you past focusing on that.
Don’t you think it was a little cliché that Ray Pruitt was the boyfriend who abused Donna? Just because he’s a poor boy from the Valley, automatically he’s a violent lunatic? Why not have the rich, frat guy Griffin be the one that hit her and have Ray be the one who saves her?
Of course, I’m still not sure what these guys saw in Donna Martin in the first place.
Comment: My favorite “Reader Email” in about 6 months. You know why? Because I love when people make fun of a show’s storyline like it’s the real world…ha ha. I do it CONSTANTLY with movies and TV. For starters, are we really supposed to believe Jimmy Chitwood could miss three jump shots in a 2 ½ hour movie in “Hoosiers?” And Ferris Bueller really could get all that stuff done in one day without his parents having a freaking clue what was going on? Or that Andie would EVER choosie Duckie over Blaine? (Movie Note: Do any of you “Pretty in Pink” fans realize the original script had Andie actually staying with Duckie in the end, but once they tested it with the audience, it tested SO bad, that they changed it to her ending up with Blaine? Yes, I’m a total nerd. And oh yeah, Blaine’s hair at the prom is a wig because Andrew McCarthy had already signed on to do another movie where he shaved his head, so when they re-shot the ending he had to wear a wig). I could go on and on with TV and movie hypotheticals. You could basically list about 50 in every movie you see. Love em.’
As for this email, the best part about the Ray Pruitt storyline was the fact that in real life, Jamie Walters music career ended up for sh** because so many people (Jemily fans?) were pissed at what he did to Donna on the show that they couldn’t separate TV from real life. He thought his music career would take off after 90210, and instead it went nowhere because he was given the “abuser boyfriend” storyline. Hence the reason he came back their senior year, and they tried to make it seem like he was a changed man. Ha ha. Totally had to be Jemily fans that were giving him crap in public for hurting Donna.
I mean, c’mon. Where else can you get a comparison of Jemily fans to Ray Pruitt’s fan base? Only right here in “Reader Emails.”
I’ve been an avid reader since the Jason/Melissa/Molly spoiler but I’ve never contacted you before. Thanks for providing a realistic yet goofy perspective on the show, and the opportunity for me to amaze my husband with my accurate predictions!
So, I have some questions for the upcoming season, mostly about your predictions that you can choose to answer if you want:
1. Given Sean’s supposed religious convictions, what is the likelihood of him offering overnight dates? (Has a bachelor ever NOT taken his girls to the fantasy suite?)
2. Do you predict that Sean will “move in” with his chosen one ATFR or anytime before a supposed wedding takes place? It seems like another no-no according to his beliefs. (I know that both Jason/Molly did, but what about Ashley/JP and Trista/Ryan?)
3. Is there any truth to the Chris Harrison and Bieber’s mom dating?
Comment: 1) I believe Sean will go through with all three of his overnight dates. He won’t be having sex though.
2) No. And you’re right, it is because of his beliefs. He won’t be living with his wife before marriage, you can pretty much guarantee that.
3) No. They took a picture at a Bieber concert at Staples Center. That doesn’t mean they’re dating. I can’t believe how much internet coverage that story got. How lame.
I really enjoy reading your column, too funny! No questions about any of the Bachelor/ette shows. I agree with everything you say about them. My question is about the Insanity workout. I am 57 years old and I really want to do it after watching the infomercials. However, I am wondering how in shape you have to be before starting this workout. I do exercise (walking, jogging) but not regularly. Also I have a rotator cuff injury which I am getting help for. So I am concerned about how much arm strength there is involved. From what I understand, it doesn’t start out slow and get more intense. It’s intense from day one. Other than the injury, I’m very healthy. Can you give me an idea if you think someone that was not exercising regularly could handle the program?
Comment: Everyone’s body is completely different. It’s impossible for me to say how your body will react. You’re right, it is intense from day 1. I’d just say consult your doctor before you do it. There are no weights involved. Everything is body weight. But you will be doing pushups every video and I don’t know how that will feel on your rotator cuff. Probably not all that great. Even if you’re doing the “girl” pushups, it’s still gonna be stressful on your arms and shoulders.
But lets just say you could get through that, the program in and of itself anyone can do. You can do it at your own pace. At 57, of course you’re not going to be doing it at the pace of the people in the video. Hell, at 37 and in decent shape, I certainly can’t. But you get better, build more muscle, and build more stamina as you go. But I’m warning you, I’m pretty sure this is something you’ve probably never experienced in your life. It’s going to be a complete bitch and you will be cursing your TV once you get going asking yourself why you decided to do this. But if you stick it out for all 60 days, it’ll be worth it. I promise.
Btw, my Insanity t-shirt should be arriving any day now for my completion of the 60 day video. Be looking for that on Instagram and Twitter.
So, I read, that last email chain, you posted and, was alternately cracking up, and cringing. The only thing, this person seems, to love more, than dissecting, all things Bachelor/ette, is inappropriately splicing all her sentences, with commas.
Girlfriend needs to come to my high school English class to learn that commas do not need to follow coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, prepositional phrases (or any other phrases for that matter), random adverbs…the list goes on. This person would be better served spending her Bachelor/ette viewing hours reading Grammar for Dummies.
Comment: I would like to sound smart here and say, “Oh yeah totally, I know right? What’s this person thinking putting commas after coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjuctions? What are they, an idiot?” But I have no clue what you’re talking about so I’ll just say, yeah, they used waaaaaaaay too many commas.
Not sure you’d have the answer to this, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Do most of the Bachelor/ette leads know who they are going to pick within the first two or three episodes? I’m asking because I know that Brad was obviously going to pick Emily after about week 2, and I feel like Ben knew it was Courtney the moment he saw her. I remember a while ago, Chris Harrison said in an interview that he asked the first Bachelor (name escapes me – I think it’s Aaron?) on the first night who he would pick if he had to pick one person right then, and he pointed to the eventual winner.
I was curious to know if you got the feeling early on that contestant X will win it, no contest. Thanks for all you do! And I love your spoilers!
Comment: I’m guessing they do, but you’d have to ask each of them personally to ever get your real answer. Lets face it, you walk into a room with 25 men/women the first night, there’s always going to be 3 or 4 that stick out to you. So when you go back the producers at the end of night 1 to tell them who you’re interested in, then they essentially build the show around those four. Some you might not start to like until a bit later, but you pretty much know who you’re attracted to after that first night.
I was just catching up on the last few couple of posts on your website. I could not agree more with the “Tami Taylor” comment in regards to her new show. Our favorite show of all time is also Friday Night Lights and we kept calling her “Coach Taylor’s wife” the whole time we were watching Nashville!
Also, I know you are super annoyed with all the “Jemily” fans out there, but I just want to let you know that there would be thousands more of these crazies (me included) if it weren’t for your website. I was right on the line of becoming “one of them” but I kept reading your site and it would bring me back to reality that this was a ridiculous show and the two of them didn’t have a chance. So I guess I’m saying Thanks!
Enjoy the blog…keep up the good work!
Comment: Well, I try my best, but Jemily fans are like cockroaches. They will never die. And to hear the glee in their emails and tweets after that picture was released of them in Charlotte, it was like these people got revived from the dead or something. Too bad. Wamp waaaaaaaaaaaaaamp. Go back in your hole and never come out. Your couple is never ever ever getting back together. Signed, TSwift.
I just recently started reading your blog and you are so funny! A few questions from a new reader:
1. How long have you been doing this job?
2. Are you full time? How much is your annual salary? (you don’t have to answer if you don’t want me to know)
3. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
4. Have you ever hooked up with any previous girls from the bachelorette (or guys if you’re gay since I don’t know)
Comment: 1) Since 2003.
2) Yes, I do this full time. How about I just give you my checking account number so you can check my bank statements monthly, would that be more convenient? (Did they REALLY just ask that?)
3) I think this person must’ve just stumbled on my site, like, last week.
I sometimes get on your website to sneak a look at spoilers. When reading your posts and your comments to peoples emails, I feel very irritated. You always seem like you hate your ‘job’ and that you are SO annoyed by people comments. Well, if it weren’t for these ‘crazy’ bachelor/ette fans, you sir, would not have a job. So, suck it up, and be a little more respectful.
Comment: I don’t hate my job at all. I do get annoyed by repetitive comments, but not for the reasons you think I do.
You ma’am, don’t seem to realize that % of people that email me, are not indicitive of my overall readership. It’s such a small percentage, that when you say “if it weren’t for these fans, you would not have a job,” you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s not even close. But thank you for pretending like you are fully aware of my readership and how many people I affect by being “annoyed” by their comments. Keep thinking that. And oh yeah, keep reading. I know you will.
I have read your page for a few years and enjoyed all the juice you deliver. I look forward to your blogs and every now and then find your emails entertaining. What I enjoy most is your responses. I found today that I wanted a like button. I liked your responses to the current emails posted.
I just want to know one thing….. When did you start giving relationship advice? I have 3 brothers and find most of your responses are spot on with what they have said to me.
My relatives have a cabin up by whitefish and said what a hullabaloo it was having the bachelor in town. They played it up hoping to ignite some more tourism.
Comment: Dr. Reality Steve has been around for years. I just went through phases with it. I think I started in like 2007, then didn’t do it for 2-3 years before bringing it back last year. It’s fun. I enjoy it. I’m not a doctor and have never claimed to be. But does that mean I can’t have an informed opinion about someone’s dating/marital/sex problems? Of course not. I think people just like hearing the truth and that’s why they email me about their relationship stuff. Because if those same people ask their friends, they’re probably going to get a sugar coated answer so their feelings aren’t hurt. Me? I don’t care if I hurt your feelings or not because I don’t know you. If you’re brave enough to want to ask me a relationship question and want my honest opinion on it, I’ll give it to you. Much more objective coming from a third party who doesn’t have a dog in this race than a friend would might be more invested. So bring em’ on.
(1) I’m sure you will address this in your next column, but what do you think about the Blakely/Tony split? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think any of us are surprised that they split, I’m just surprised by how quickly they split after she moved out to wherever to be with him.
(2) Do you think/know if there is a particular reason why the Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons film and air like they do? Like why does “The Bachelor” always air in winter and “The Bachelorette” airs in Spring/Summer? Is that just the pattern they have gotten into or does it have to do with the viewership, etc.?
(3) Do you think they will ever return to the format of picking “Bachelors” that are random, super-eligible, single men as the lead for the show, or do you think from now on it will always be a reject from the Bachelorette?
(4) What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?!?
Comment: 1) You’re right. I did address it.
2) There is a reason. Because if the “Bachelor” aired in Sept thru Nov, it’d be competing with plenty of shows it doesn’t have to compete with in the spring, “Monday Night Football,” “The Voice,” etc. Not to mention, DWTS airs a fall season and it’s a 2 hour show that’s watched by more people. Can’t have two 2-hour shows on the same night on network TV, so “Bachelor” gets bumped to January, and DWTS spring edition doesn’t come on til it’s over. Then “Bachelorette” appears after DWTS ends. Also, the schedule that they’re on now, it’s basically impossible to change. It’s gonna stay the same as it is.
3) This has been addressed numerous times by me, and by producers on this show. This will be the 9th consecutive season of a recycled contestant. They’ve said they aren’t changing it, and 9 seasons should back it up. So no, I don’t see it changing.
4) I’ve never been much of a Halloween guy at all. I think I’ve worn one costume since 5th grade. Now it’s more about trick or treating with Olivia and Nicholas and helping them eat their candy like I will next week. Shhhhh, don’t tell them.
Hi Steve… just a nosey question. Have you checked out Ashley and JP’s wedding registry and decide what to buy for them?
Comment: Yes. Their gift has already been bought.