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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
ABC announces Castaways, a Lost-meets-Survivor reality show
Premiering on Aug. 7 after Bachelor in Paradise, Castaways will send 12 diverse strangers "torn from their ordinary lives" as they are dropped off on various islets in Indonesia. Like Lost, Castaways will flash back to their real lives back home. "Castaways is a revolutionary series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued," ABC said in announcing the new series.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise's Season 5 premiere is set for Aug. 7
Chris Harrison hinted that The Bachelorette's Grocery Store Joe would likely participate. "I hope they have grocery stores in Paradise!!!" he tweeted.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
How did The Bachelorette casting process go so wrong this season?
Last August, ABC reality chief Robert Mills said The Bachelor franchise would improve its casting process following the Bachelor in Paradise scandal and The Bachelorette contestant Lee Garrett's racist tweets controversy. "We’re in uncharted territory. Now we’ve realized that we’ll look at social media accounts and look through carefully,” Mills said. “Going forward, we’ll be looking at all of that, in addition to the background checks, which of course give you criminal records and all of that.” Yet from the Garrett Yrigoyen’s unsavory social media activity to Lincoln Adim's criminal conviction for sexual assault, it's clear the franchise's casting process needs an overhaul. “I just find it very hard to believe that a well-respected and a well-paid third party that was hired by the show to do background checks couldn’t do a better job than a nanny who had an hour to spare,” says former Bachelor contestant Emily Spivey, who helped uncover Adim's criminal activity. “It is unacceptable that they aren’t taking bigger strides to prevent casting racists, bigots, and now sexual offenders.”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise will require contestants to give their consent on camera before they have sex
Bachelor Nation author Amy Kaufman says The Bachelor spinoff is instituting two new rules. One will limit contestants to two-drinks per-hour minimum beginning at noon. She added: “The other rule that production instituted was one where if you wanted to engage in sexual activity with someone or spend the night with someone, you had to go to a producer before you went to the bedroom and say, you know, ‘I am Amy and I would like to spend the night with Brad. I am giving my full consent,’ and that had to be filmed so that they knew that both parties were willing participants.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
ABC orders The Proposal dating reality show from The Bachelor creator, hosted by ex-Bachelor Jesse Palmer
Ten eligible daters will compete in four pageant-style rounds for the heart of a mystery suitor (or suitress) on ABC's newest Mike Fleiss reality show. "I think Bachelor Nation is going to love it. It’s also great to welcome back a member of the Bachelor family, our host, Jesse Palmer," says Fleiss. Since starring on The Bachelor in 2004, Palmer has found great media success, landing a regular gig on ESPN and, for a time, on Good Morning America. ALSO: Fleiss also announced Bachelor in Paradise is returning this summer.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise scandal inspired this week's The Good Fight episode
Creators Robert and Michelle King confirm last summer's Corinne Olympios-DeMario Jackson controversy inspired this week's episode. "What interested us is the swirling debate around consent, both in colleges and also in a lot of areas of the world,” Robert King said. “It was the idea of these kind of gray areas where it’s unclear where the line lies … especially if the woman didn’t remember what happened.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
The Bachelor ratings have tumbled: Is #MeToo, boring Arie, or Bachelor in Paradise scandal to blame?
Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season is down 14% in total viewers and 26% in the key 18-49 demo from last year. The Bachelor went from averaging 7.2 million viewers with Nick Viall to 6.2 million with Arie. Sunday's Women Tell All special attracted only 4.2 million viewers airing unusually on a Sunday night. So why the ratings drop? "Are we, as a nation, not in the mood to watch The Bachelor during the #MeToo era?" asks Kate Aurthur. "Or did last summer's Bachelor in Paradise disaster sour viewers on the show? Or is it possible that the veteran franchise — which first premiered in 2002, and has run for a stunning 22 seasons, plus 13 more of The Bachelorette — finally run its course? Or is Arie Luyendyk Jr. — the race car driver turned realtor, whom Bachelorette Emily Maynard ditched in 2012 — a dud?" As she points out, "The Bachelor's ratings erosion has larger repercussions for network television" since it "underscores network television's disintegration."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games proved to be irresistible TV
"What made The Bachelor Winter Games so utterly winning?" asks The Huffington Post. "We have some theories: The international Bachelor stars injected some new personalities and refreshing genuineness into the house dynamic. Moving away from the competitive structure of The Bachelor and the musical-chairs structure of Bachelor in Paradise allowed relationships to solidify and bloom. People look adorable in sweaters and parkas. By the time the finale rolled around, we found ourselves genuinely rooting for the couples that had emerged from the two-week series ― and one surprise couple who found true love after filming stopped." ALSO: The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez is headed to Bachelor in Paradise.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:46PM EST
Bachelor in Paradise's fifth season may feature international Bachelor franchise stars
"I think this has opened up a whole new world," executive producer Bennett Graebner says of The Bachelor Winter Games, which produced more couples than a Bachelor in Paradise season. "I think you'll see Bachelor Nation go Bachelor World and that includes Paradise." ALSO: Don't forget that The Bachelor: The Women Tell All is on Sunday.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
The Bachelor: Winter Games will add new alcohol guidelines for the contestants
Following the Bachelor in Paradise controversy, ABC is making sure no cast member drinks for a certain time before competing, according to E! News. E! adds that “production also enforced a two drink per hour rule where cast members had to log every drink they had. New mental health and wellness staff members were also hired to help monitor cast members around the clock.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Warner Bros. responds to ex-Bachelor producer’s lawsuit: We found no wrongdoing after investigating her allegations
"We take all allegations of workplace harassment very seriously," Warner Bros. said in response to Bachelor and Bachelorette segment producer Becky Steenhoek’s sexual harassment lawsuit. "These allegations were brought to our attention and were thoroughly investigated earlier this year. Our findings did not support the plaintiff’s characterization of the events claimed to have taken place, which is why we are disappointed by the filing of this lawsuit."
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 3:16PM EDT
Former production assistant sues Bachelor in Paradise producers, claiming sexual harassment
Becky Steenhoek is suing producers and Warner Bros. Entertainment after she alleges that she was asked questions about whether she masturbates, uses sex toys and if she’s ever had anal sex. UPDATE: Steenhoek is a former segment producer who worked on JoJo Fletcher's Bachelorette season. When Steenhoek says she complained to a female producer, "she just told me, 'Listen, this is just how it is...These are middle-aged white men. This is locker-room talk. This is their way of showing that they're trying to bond with you.’"
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise star DeMario Jackson calls host Chris Harrison an “a**hole”
"Prior to the whole Corinne show, (Harrison) had a hard on for me as if like, I like, hooked up with his wife or something,” Jackson said on the podcast Rose Buds. “It was crazy. I met this guy three total times for less than 10 seconds and he legit hated – like, when I say hate, like deep-rooted.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise’s Corinne Olympios “would love to be the Bachelorette”
“I think I would kick-ass as the Bachelorette,” Olympios tweeted to a fan (and later to Bachelorette creator Mike Fleiss).
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise has had the best relationship success rate of all the Bachelor franchise shows
Decider crunched the data and found, unsurprisingly, that The Bachelor had the worst success rate. PLUS: Bachelor in Paradise star is writing a tell-all book.