Boy, we have A LOT of stuff to get to before starting the recap this week. Plenty of news & notes including the scripted TV series that will parody the “Bachelor,” why I keep some things I’m told to myself, Ashley’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night, your “Vanderpump Rules” recap with Nell Kalter, along with ratings from last night, both Chris’ blogs regarding last night’s episode, and deleted scenes from this week. I told you that’s a lot. Not to mention you’ll notice when you came to the site today, a poll that appears on the left hand side where you can vote on the poll question of the day. There’s 2 of them running right now that you can vote on. It’s only on desktop as we speak as we’re working out the kinks for it to be viewable on mobile apps, but I wanted to find a way to keep the readers engaged and you can see others opinions on some of the show’s topics. The ad should only appear once a day for you, and you don’t even have to vote if you don’t want, but it’s more interesting if you do. Take the time to vote so I can gauge where people stand on certain topics going forward.
Remember during last summer we’d heard about a scripted television show that the Lifetime channel picked up an order for that was basically a behind-the-scenes look at a reality dating show? People have asked since so I wanted to mention it again since it’s trailer was released. It’s called “UnREAL” and it looks like it’s premiering in May. If this trailer is any indication, I think if you’re a fan of the “Bachelor,” you are no doubt gonna want to tune into this show. I know I am. Check out the trailer:
Yes, it looks to be an exaggeration of the “Bachelor” (since I don’t think b***jobs have ever been so openly discussed on the show), but the thing is, this is not as much of an exaggeration as you probably think. This is pretty much what it’s like behind the scenes and how producers manipulate contestants into saying and doing things they want. I’m sure people like Elan and Bennett and Peter think this is all BS and aren’t thrilled about it, but the funny thing is, deep down they know it’s based in truth. I guarantee the “Bachelor” franchise steers completely clear of this show and doesn’t associate themselves with it at all. But I sure will. Stay tuned.
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Every once in a while I’m given information that I have to hold on to for various reasons. Sometimes it’s to protect a source, sometimes it’s because I have to follow up further on it, and sometimes it’s because I just don’t understand it. An example happened back on Saturday, January 17th that read:
“ Hey Steve – Longtime reader of your site. I was just having dinner in Venice and saw Elan and Kelsey having dinner at 9pm on Friday. Don’t know if this is a strange (or romantic?) thing, but interesting. Via Veneto on Main Street. They were very easy to recognize, probably because of his stupid hair.”
At the time I just figured it to be Kelsey back in town to shoot “pick ups,” which a lot of contestants have to do once filming is over. But “pick ups” usually are only with maybe the final 4 or 6 girls. Kelsey finished 8th/9th. Was she really that important to be having dinner with Elan in Santa Monica a couple weeks ago? Well now we know the answer why. When they showed the preview for this Sunday’s 1 hr. “Chris Tells All,” we see that Chris Harrison also interviewed Kelsey and we’ll get her reaction to the 2-on-1 date. The reason I would hold on to something like that is strictly because if I don’t know why she was there, there’s no point to release it since it could only lead to mindless speculation that I’d rather not deal with. Is she really Chris’ final choice and they were having a meet up? Is she in talks to be the next “Bachelorette?” Is she moving to LA for a new career? All stuff I had no idea about at the time and there’s no reason to throw it out there. I had no idea Kelsey was there to shoot a sit down with Chris Harrison. If I did, I would’ve told you. I just knew there was a sighting of her from that email. Trust me, I have something I’ve been holding on to since November that I can’t say because speculation would be through the roof if I released it. But I will tell you about it the day after the finale and then you’ll realize why I never brought it up all season.
Nell Kalter’s “Vanderpump Rules” recap is now up and ready to be viewed. Was Jade on this week? Did she try and latch on to that Kristen girl? Did Jax change his name yet for fear of getting the snot beat out of him? So many questions, so little answers. Get your emails in for tomorrow’s “Reader Emails” and Thursday’s “Dr. Reality Steve.” Already starting to fill up. And if you want to give an update from a past “Dr. Reality Steve” email you may have sent in, just be sure to include your original email or at least a link to it.
In case you missed it, Ashley appeared on Jimmy Kimmel via Skype last night. Here’s the clip:
Say what you want, but people like Ashley are milking this for as much as they can. She LOVES this. The show LOVES this. Anytime mainstream media gives your show some attention, that’s huge for the network. Yes, Kimmel is in bed with this show, but I don’t think he’s ever put someone on during the season who’d been eliminated 9th before. Unheard of. Not to mention Ashley appearing in studio on “Good Morning America” this morning. All promotion for herself and for the show and that leads to nothing but more attention for the franchise.
And obviously the promotion helped since ratings are in from last night, and the “Bachelor” drew it’s highest of the season. 8.6 million viewers, with a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo. Once again, shutting up all the people who said Chris’ season would suck, lack of travel would make it boring, and no one would watch. Far from it. It’s gone up every week since week 3 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. 29 seasons in and still drawing ratings like that is pretty damn impressive. Only “Survivor” can boast the same accolades for the reality TV genre. Good. Keep it coming. This site is having one of its best years yet, so I’m certainly not complaining.
In Chris Harrison’s interview with TVGuide.com today, he confirms that his sit down with Andi will also be shown during the “Chris Tells All” special on Sunday that airs before the regular 2 hr. episode in Des Moines. In his blog for Yahoo, Chris seems to nice little dig in at Ashley. Doesn’t seem like a fan. As for Chris Soules’ People.com blog, the best bit of info that he shared was about Mackenzie. He had no idea how old she was because he didn’t ask, but when she was telling him a story in New Mexico, he realized she was in middle school when he was in college. Good stuff. You should definitely read all three of these blogs, not just this week, but every week. You’ll get some behind-the-scenes stuff that’s usually pretty interesting.