Reality Steve

The Bachelorette 12 - JoJo

“Bachelorette” News, Ben & Lauren Filming Yesterday, Grant Is At It Again, & The Return of “Daily Links”

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So family arrived here Friday. My sister, brother in law, and niece and nephew. Here’s something I learned over the weekend. Kids have energy. Like, A LOT. Like, to the point where it’s non stop all day every day. They can play in the pool for hours, stay up ridiculously late, then be back at the next day wanting to do all sorts of things. Olivia’s birthday was on Sunday and all she wanted to do was go to the indoor rock climbing place. If that place didn’t have hours, she would’ve stayed there all day trying to scale every different wall they had within reason. And you’ll never guess what she wanted when we were leaving? To be signed up for a week long class starting next week. She’s happy as a clam right now. It’d be nice if she and her brother didn’t compete over every single thing they do though. You know, important stuff like who ordered their lunch first or ran to the car and sat down the quickest. Took them to lunch yesterday and the waitress asked, “Is there anything else I can get you?” You know what Nicholas’ response was? “A new sister.” So yeah, they’re at that phase right about now. This is going to take some getting used to.

Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in the next couple days. Obviously with no new episode this week, I expect them to be a tad lighter than past weeks, but it doesn’t mean we have to have a complete give up this week. Still plenty of time to get a question in and have it answered tomorrow or Thursday, so I look forward to getting more of those.

Obviously with a repeat episode last night, not a whole hell of a lot going on in “Bachelor” world right now, but definitely have a few notes from the weekend. In case you missed Thursday’s column, here is the remainder of the TV schedule for the rest of the season after last night’s repeat:

Monday, July 4th – (repeat)
Monday, July 11th – Episode 7 (Mendoza, Argentina)
Monday, July 18th – Episode 8 (Hometowns)
Monday, July 25th – Overnights (Thailand)
Tuesday, July 26th – Men Tell All
Monday, Aug. 1st – Finale & After the Final Rose
Tuesday, Aug. 2nd – “Bachelor in Paradise 3” Premiere

Also on Thursday, this was a really interesting article that came out today in regards to a former contestant from the show. For those following UnREAL, you know the creator of that show, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, was a former “Bachelor” producers who worked on 9 seasons of the show. That’s where her idea of UnREAL originated from. She mentioned in a recent NY Times interview how she remembered treating a former contestant so poorly, just to get a good camera reaction. That contestant, Jessica Holcomb, remembered the incident and talked about it. This is nothing that you haven’t heard from me countless times before about how sh***y these producers are, but it also shows the levels these people will stoop to all in the name of producing a television show.

Also, a writer for New York Magazine attended a Bachelor casting call a lived to write about it. We’ve seen articles like these in the past from people who have gone to these things, but it’s always fun to get a new perspective. It’s essentially a cattle call and most people who end up making the show never really come from one of these. Maybe in the earlier seasons, but lately? No way. I’d say 90% of the people who get cast don’t appear at any of those open casting calls.

On Thursday afternoon, Fox college football analyst Clay Travis tweeted this out that Jordan Rodgers got a job with the SEC Network. Nothing has been officially announced by the SEC Network themselves in regards to what his role will be, but Travis is a respected college football analyst with heavy ties to the SEC, so I assume the story is true. Maybe they’re waiting until after the season to announce what his role is, but I’m sure it’s either an analyst job on a lower level SEC game, or possibly as a reporter for the SEC Network. All I do know is this was his main goal from the get go, since he never really has a solid gig before he left for filming. Just had his hands in a bunch of small things. So he’s getting exactly what he went on the show to do. They all try. For the time being, Jordan has succeeded.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but Sean & Catherine delivered a healthy baby boy over the weekend, Samuel Thomas. Congratulations to those two.

Your BIP spoilers should be coming soon, but in the meantime, today’s poll question revolves around the 3 couples I told you about last week who got engaged at the end. Weigh in on who you think is the first to break up:

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  1. rob22

    July 5, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    I have new found respect for Rajahs having successfully “Palmered” his way into a sports media gig. I ridiculed Jesse Palmer for thinking he could parlay his status as a clipboard holder on the sidelines for the Giants into some kind of TV gig. Well, he pulled it off, and is an ESPN fixture (on radio and TV) during football season as a color analyst and expert. I’ve long since given him props for that bold move & pulling it off. He’s definitely been the most successful post Bachelor/Bachelorette lead.

    I don’t know if Rajahs will have that kind of gig, or whether it will be much less, but I have to give him props. All jobs these days are networking and exposure related. Meet people and get your name out there. Well, I still thought being a contestant on The Bachelorette was a lame way to get your name out there. Especially since Rajahs really never stepped on an NFL field for a game. He mainly had his brother for a reason people might care about him. It felt more like the show would doom him to 4th tier reality shows. At least Jesse Palmer was the lead. So, there was a little more cachet there & after the fact, you could see how it worked. Still, it looks like Rajahs pulled it off. He had a plan, he executed on it, and it worked. Gotta give him full credit for that. As the Kardashians have repeatedly reminded us, the fact that people hate on you means nothing. If they notice you at all, they’re watching. And that’s all that matters. Our hate towards Rajahs only means (to media types) that we’re paying attention to him.

  2. crushonspivey

    July 5, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Jesse Palmer season is still on of my favorites ever. I mean, how often have we gotten to see the girl on her way to the final rose ceremony have to pull the limo over so she can puke? And then she got dumped. I thought Tara Huckeby was going to beat the crap out of Palmer.

    And now Palmer is one of the best CFB analysts out there. And still single.

    Rajahs seems to lack the same charisma as Palmer, but we’ll see. He got the gig. For a year. Wonder if he’ll stick. SEC Network is a great place to start though.

    JoJo picking Rajahs seems to fake though. She just wanted her $$$ and got it. They won’t last the college football regular season.

  3. missannmcd

    July 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    What is Rajshahi?

  4. missannmcd

    July 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Rajahs I meant.

  5. chrisoulaf

    July 5, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Rodgers = Rajahs

  6. angelfish

    July 5, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Rob22 has a stock list of names he substitutes for actual contestant names. Juan Pah-blow, Ben Flap-dick, Smilin’ Pete, etc. Now the Rajahs comes in. Not amusing and makes it difficult to ever figure out who he’s actually referring to.

    So now some of us just bypass whatever he has to say, because his posts have become incredibly long & drawn out.

    Sorry Rob, you used to get to the point MUCH more quickly and concisely. TL/DR is now made for you.

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