How did the whole “behind the scenes” thing work exactly? Did the contestants know they were being taped? It felt kind of inauthentic to me.
Comment: (This person is referring to the “Women Tell All” show) At least it was something different. If it weren’t for that, the show would’ve been the same thing as it has been for years. So I applaud them trying something different. I kinda liked it. I’m guessing they knew the cameras were rolling, but not sure.
The best thing this show has done (which probably led to the increase in ratings this season) was embrace social media. Sure, the tweets they’ve run on the screen during the show is pretty annoying, and they basically just choose to air all the kiss ass ones, but they don’t care. All that matters to them now is having a face in the pop culture world, be trending on Twitter, and creating a buzz. And that’s what the tweets are doing. That’s why Chris Harrison, Mike Fleiss, Robert Mills, etc all tweet all day long on Mondays leading up to the show reminding you to watch. They NEVER did that in the past. But they’ve come to realize, it only helps the show when they do.
Love the blog, love the spoilers, love your sarcastic humor… Love it all! Been reading for quite a while now but this is my first time to write.
So here’s the thing… I’ve never questioned how you get your information, that’s your business… But the more I think about it, it just sounds fishy. How could a huge production company, like Next Entertainment, and a huge network, like ABC, not get you out of business if they really wanted to? Is it because you are on their payroll?? How else do you explain where you get your info? Wouldn’t the executives at the network and production company have figured out by now who was your source (sources)? And isn’t it weird that your blog creates more interest in the show… It’s almost like a marketing tactic used to get more viewers interested. Maybe I’m reading too much into things.. And even if you were a paid employee, you would probably never tell us, as I’m sure that’s part of your contract. (Also, you can reference the lawsuits… But that could all be part of the “game” too!)
But think about it… This season you spoiled Catherine as Sean’s pick. Great. Have no reason to doubt you, except that they’ve barely shown any air time with Sean and Catherine until the very last few episodes. So because of your blog, more and more viewers are tuning in because it just seems so unreal that Sean actually ends up with Catherine.
I also think back to Brad 2.0 season. Read your blog, totally believed Brad was going to choose Chantal. But week after week he seemed so taken by Emily. He even told Emily he loved her. But your readers believed Chantal was the one… Despite almost the entire season of Brad going out of his way to pursue Emily. Makes me wonder if you were told to put that spoiler out there because all the footage for that season showed Brad wanted Emily, but Fleiss and Co. didn’t want viewers to stop watching, so you “spoil” the show, tell us it’s Chantal, we watch (and believe), yet in the end Emily wins (Shock! No one saw that one coming!)! Like I said, just seems fishy…
I know this is long, and I’m fully prepared for a super sarcastic response refuting my claims… So, bring it on! I’m sending the email despite that… I figure it never hurts to ask!
Comment: I’ve addressed this 1000 times. I’m not on ABC’s payroll, I’m not on NZK’s payroll, I don’t work for Mike Fleiss, I’m not Chris Harrison’s illegitimate son, etc. None of that. I’m a blogger who has numerous resources to this show. You ask “How would they have not figured out your sources by now?” Ummmm, because I have numerous sources. Sure, if this was one person feeding me info every season for the last 3 years, of course they would’ve caught them by now. But it’s not. Never has been and never will be. They do not give me enough credit for A) having half a brain and piecing stuff together and B) having a network of sources well beyond what they think it is. I’m even surprised by some of the info that comes to me.
The Brad and Chantal thing I’ve discussed at length as well, and the bottom line is I had two pieces of information coming to me from two different sides, I added them together and instead of 2 + 2 equaling 4, it turned out to be 5. I jumped to a conclusion that season based on two bits of information I received, and I turned out to be wrong. Chantal was in Palm Springs with her family for Thanksgiving that year (she went there pretty much straight from South Africa), it’s just Brad wasn’t with her. I was given pretty good information that he was. Then for 3 months, I was never told otherwise, until about 2 weeks before the finale, and then I laid out the finale for everyone, and told everyone not only was it Emily, but more evidence to back it up and that was Chantal was dating a guy named Jeff Razore, who she is now married to.
You are reading waaaaaay too much into things. People can put their conspiracy theories away with me and this show. You people actually think a giant production company like NZK is filing TWO lawsuits against me in the span of 15 months if I was on their payroll? Would you like to see my legal fees? Do you want to talk to my lawyers? I mean, how much more proof do you need? The court documents are public. Go look em’ up. You honestly think that this conspiracy thing is running so deep that we’re faking lawsuits, I’m faking hiring lawyers and faking spending thousands of dollars, and that this is all just a ruse so they can draw more attention to their show? Please. Just stop. Saying that I’m somehow in cahoots with ABC/NZK Productions is literally the stupidest most ignorant thing anyone can ever say and it’s offensive. Completely ridiculous and there’s facts to back up that I’m not.
Thank you for introducing me to Burning Love. My girlfriend was one of those girls who took The Bachelor way too seriously, which always kind of drove me nuts. She tweeted at old contestants, over-analyzed who was right and wrong for the lead, etc. Total pain in the ass. When I saw BL on your blog, I showed it to her as well. After watching a few episodes, she quickly realized how dumb The Bachelor is, which she never would’ve realized had BL not pointed out all its blatant flaws. So thank you for eradicating that problem from my life. We now just watch The Bachelor together to enjoy it for its ridiculousness. So ironically the show that makes fun of the show that supposedly brings couples together has brought more couples together than the actual show that brings couples together.
Comment: I’m sorry. Not sorry that I turned you on to “Burning Love,” because it’s genius. I’m sorry that your wife is one of “them.” You know, that person whose Twitter account is filled with tweets to celebrities and reality people. Really? Is your life that void of any sort of entertainment, that all you can do all day is tweet at a bunch of celebrities in hopes that one of them writes back “thanks,” so then you can run and scream to your friends, “OH MY GOD!!!! Kim Kardashian just told me thanks!!! I’m dying!!!” Sad, sad individuals. And there’s plenty on there. They are quite a sight to see. Even worse? Those same people who only tweet at reality “celebrities.” Yikes. I’m glad your wife has seen the light. At least I hope she has.
Hi Steve! I have a question about Brooke from Aaron’s Bachelor season. I live in Springfield, MO where Aaron still lives & he was actually at the same bar as my friends & I last night. Us girls were all chatting about his season and we had a question come up so I thought I would e-mail you & see if you knew the answer. We remember after the rose ceremony leading to the hometown dates, so the episode before the hometown dates aired, that Brooke & Aaron had a conversation kind of away from the cameras and Brooke was crying & explaining to Aaron how her Dad wasn’t going to be at the hometown date. I kind of remember it being a big deal, but then again I don’t… Do you know why her Dad wasn’t present at the hometown date for her & why it was such a big, emotional deal to her? I know his season was forever ago, and I tried finding the episode online & couldn’t come up with anything, so I’m not sure if you’ll remember and/or know but any insight would be great!
Comment: Alex and Aaron’s season were the only two that I’ve never seen, so I have no idea what you’re talking about, nor do I have an answer. Sorry.
I just watched episode 9 of burning love, and as usual started reading the comments. It appears that Yahoo promoted this from their news section(maybe because they won a lot of Streamy awards?) and clearly most commenters- and there were many! had no clue what this was about. Huge negative reaction thinking this was real and didn’t understand the parody. Too bad, because it was pretty good in my opinion. I hope this doesn’t negatively impact the series.
Episode 8 was even better, although a lot of the people didn’t get that either, although most were fans, because there was so much regarding behind the scenes production and nonsense about tabloids and fame-whore. Only a little of that was shown on the actual show with Jake and Vienna.
I would not have got many of those jokes either if I didn’t read your blog. IE- the host directing the conversation, then when the producer physically dragged Tamara back, I thought I would fall off my chair laughing. The Ben Stiller couple scene that totally slammed the whole “supportive” Bachelor family/nation image- contact a low level producer- my assistant’s assistant- priceless! (Episode 9 had some too, with the handler and spray tan in the beginning.)
Anyway, it’s clear that the writer Erica Oyama certainly has done her research, and I have to think that your columns play a part. Thanks for your blog, enjoy so much. Also, you have been giving awesome advice in your Dr. Reality Steve columns lately!
Comment: “Burning Love” is so good because it hits every nuance of the “Bachelor” franchise that most people take for granted, all while pointing out its ridiculousness in a subtle way without banging you over the head with it. Can’t wait til they do their season 3 “Bachelor Pad” parody where “everyone is competing for $900.” I think what also makes it so good and authentic is they got some A and B list actors to do it. If this was the same exact show, but with actors you’d never heard of or rarely seen before, it’d still be funny, but I don’t think it’d have the effect it does.
Mind boggling there are dolts out there that are commenting under the videos about how they think it’s real. However, I can’t say I’m too surprised. It’s a universal epidemic that will never have any cure in this country: People who comment on message boards and comments sections all day long, for the most part, are f***ing idiots. Just go read any random story on any entertainment pop culture site anywhere, and dive into the comments section reading some of these peoples responses. You’ll just shake your head in shame reading what these people have to say. It’s embarrassing.
Quick non-bachelor related question for you:
What are some of your top favorite TV shows? (Minus reality TV shows) Feel free to list as many as you want!
I know you touched on this question before and I remember you mentioning ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘90210’ but those are the only two I seem to remember… Please spare me the hassle of searching through all your old posts to find the answer! 🙂 My husband and I recently got Netflix and are hoping to find some good shows to start watching!
Comment: All time favorite shows (in order): 1) “24” 2) “Friday Night Lights” 3) “Lost” 4) “Homeland” 5) (tie) “Married…with Children” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”
Great job with the spoilers this season!
A few reactions to the finale. Hearing Lindsey melting down with “I don’t want to be alone” made me realize how cruel this show is. Not only did they brainwash this girl into thinking she’s in love with a guy she’s known for six weeks, they did it so completely that she actually thought that she was going to end up alone when it didn’t work out with him. Like he’s the only person in the world who could be worth dating/ marrying! Pretty insane. I actually felt bad about watching this girl’s trauma for entertainment. Do you ever feel sorry for contestants? If so, who? Or do you always feel that they’re getting what they signed up for?
Thanks for the great columns! Loved reading em.
Comment: Yep. This whole show is brainwash. Yet every season they find 25 suckers to do it.
Congratulations!! It must feel good to be able to say I told you so after tonight.
My question is do the contestants get any support from mental health professionals after being dumped? It seems very cold to have someone think they will be getting proposed to and then get dumped on tv with millions of people watching.
Btw I love your columns
Comment: Yes. When you’re eliminated, you immediately meet with a psychiatrist they have on payroll. It’s part of your exit. There’s always someone around to talk to if you need it.
Congratulations Steve! I love it when your plan comes together. I appreciate your honesty and truth telling when it comes to everything Bachelor/Bachelorette.
Just once I’d like the end couple to say something like: “I knew he liked me because when we sent notes back and forth and when we could talk without the cameras around on the overnight date, we devised a plan to let each other know how much we liked each other without saying any words or showing affection. We agreed to wear the same color shirt on the final date and picked the color X. That way, if he was going to pick me at the end, I had some reassurance. We out-smarted the producers on this one.”
Wouldn’t that be great? Anyways, congrats again, and keep it Real.
Comment: Or better yet, someone actually hearing their name said at a rose ceremony and being like, “Yeah, I’m good. I think I’ll pass. See ya everyone.” Too bad that’ll never happen.
Enjoy your work/blog. I haven’t been able to find the answer anywhere, so to you I come–
Can you give me and my wife an idea on the film dates of the bachelor/ette series? Do they film from September-November? How does that work? Further, how do the contestants (especially the ones that get sent home) not reveal that they didn’t win?
It’s probably more simple than we’re making it out to be but, I figured if anyone would know the specifics, it’d be you.
Comment: “Bachelor” films Sept-Nov, first episode airs first Monday in January and ends mid-March.
“Bachelorette” films March-May, first episode airs mid/end of May and ends mid-end of July.
“Bachelor Pad” films for 2 1/2 weeks in the beginning of June and airs right after “Bachelorette” ends airing.
As far as the contestants, you gotta remember maybe less than 5% of their audience is following along during filming, and checking my spoilers, and furiously googling every detail about them, and stalking FB, Twitter, and Instagram pages to know when they’re home. So once the show begins airing, everyone is already home and the contestants technically aren’t supposed to talk to anyone about their experience, nor even contact other contestants until the show is done airing. Does that actually happen? No.
Did you end up buying Ashley & JP a wedding gift? Also, if Sean & Catherine invite you to the wedding, would you attend? Just think about it – Fleiss & Chris would be watching you like a hawk the whole time, wondering what intel you were gathering for your site. It would be great! Haha.
I realize you won’t publish spoilers for Eva Longoria’s new dating/love show “Ready For Love”, but do you plan on watching?
Thanks for the spoilers! I appreciate them. I will still watch this ridiculous show even though I know the outcome.
Comment: Yes, I bought Ashley & JP a gift. It was off their registry.
Sure. I’d love to attend Sean & Catherine’s wedding if there ever is one. But I won’t. Why would they invite me? I don’t know them.
I have zero interest in watching “Ready for Love.” However, one of Des’ guys might have a bit of a link to that show. I’m working on that one now.
I’ve got a couple of questions that I haven’t seen on your sight that relate to our next Bachelorette.
1) At her home town date, Desiree brought Sean to a nice place that you said was in the Orange County area, although it looked like it might be in the Hollywood Hills area. Regardless, on numerous shots of them at dinner we see a number of diplomas on the wall. Our viewing group was surprised to see them and were wondering where they were from and for what? Is Desiree more educated than we all thought?
2) You mentioned all season long that Lindsay was the front runner for the next Bachelorette until nearly the end of the Bachelor played out and then you said she didn’t get it. You hinted that you might know the reason, but have not publicly state why. Given Lindsay’s tremendous performance on the ATFR, she would clearly be good in the role. Why didn’t she get it?
Thanks for being a great source for all things Bachelor related and for spilling the beans on all of the manipulation and producer inspired drama!
Comment: 1) I’m still very confused about the Desiree hometown date. I don’t know why it wasn’t in Ohio where her parents live, I don’t know why it was filmed the day after Lindsay’s hometown in Missouri (they always have an off day of travel in between hometown dates), and I don’t know where that house was (LA or Newport Beach), or if it was even her place at all.
2) Well, according to what I posted earlier, she told all the media yesterday she’s been seeing a guy for a month. So yeah, I guess that would kill any chances. There are other things I’ve heard though but no factual basis for them.