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Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games boss: "It was shocking" how hard it was to bring in international stars in Trump era
"We have outside counsel who helped us in the visa process — counsel that has also helped with other Warner Horizon Television shows in the past — and they were surprised at how difficult things were in 2018 compared to 2017," said co-showrunner Bennett Graebner. "It was shocking. I had a lot of sleepless nights wondering if certain people were going to get into the country. We had real trouble with Germany. There was one guy who was on the German version of The Bachelorette; he was smart and funny, good looking and charismatic, and he spoke English very well. He was also of Persian descent and his visa was denied immediately. That was really unfortunate. There was another guy from Germany who also had visa issues. We had a lot of trouble getting Jordan, the New Zealand Bachelor, into the country."
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
The Bachelor creator found lower ratings for first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay “incredibly disturbing”: “It revealed something about our fans”
“I found it incredibly disturbing in a Trumpish kind of way,” says Mike Fleiss. “How else are you going to explain the fact that she’s down in the ratings, when — black or white — she was an unbelievable bachelorette? It revealed something about our fans.” Speaking of President Trump, Fleiss said the current White House made it harder to bring in more Bachelor franchise stars from around the world for The Bachelor Winter Games because securing visas for them proved difficult. “Our president didn’t make things any easier,” says Fleiss. Eleven countries other than the United States will be represented.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Coach star Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86
Van Dyke emerged from his older brother Dick Van Dyke’s shadow to earn four Emmy nominations for his role on the long-running ABC sitcom Coach. “Everybody talks about me making a comeback,” he told Entertainment Tonight in 1990, one year after Coach premiered. “I say: ‘Comeback from what? This is as good as it’s ever been.’” Van Dyke also played his brother’s brother on a two-part episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. In recent years, Van Dyke appeared on eight episodes of The Middle, playing the father of Patricia Heaton’s character. “I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry’s passing,” said Coach star Craig T. Nelson. “He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on Coach. It is just devastating news.” Heaton tweeted: “Jerry, you were hilarious and terrifically talented - what an honor to be able to watch up close as you and your brother create your special magic.” And The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss noted that he had “the pleasure of working with him on my very first TV show back in ‘93. What a kind man…”
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Arie Luyendyk Jr’s Bachelor season will reportedly pit younger women vs. older women
One bachelorette on the premiere episode didn’t reveal her age, but Us Weekly found out she’s 22, about 14 years younger than Arie. “The show hasn’t really tackled age in a way like it does this season,” a source tells Us, previewing the “drama” coming to the house. “It’s the younger women versus the older women.”
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- Revisiting Arie’s Bachelorette past
- Twitter had a lot of fun with four bachelorettes all named Lauren
- The Bachelorette’s Jef Holm bets $5,000 that Arie and his winner won’t last a year
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
The Bachelor: Winter Games begins filming — with ESPN’s Hannah Storm
“Fun being part of the fam!” Storm tweeted as filming commenced this week in Manchester, Vermont. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted that Storm will bring her "journalistic excellence" to the ABC reality show.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 6:18PM EDT
The Bachelorette’s Peter Kraus: I’m not confirmed for The Bachelor Winter Games, despite what the show creator tweeted
“Mike Fleiss likes to tweet a lot of things,” Kraus said with a laugh. “I feel like he even said I was the Bachelor at one point, so I think he just likes to throw people off.” Kraus wouldn’t rule out participating on The Bachelor spinoff.
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 Monday 10/09/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Apple cancels Elvis Presley miniseries with The Weinstein Company amid Harvey Weinstein scandal
The Weinstein Company-produced 10-part Elvis miniseries was in its early development stages, which made it easier for Apple to pull the plug and, likely, distance itself from Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal. According to Deadline, “Weinstein Television had partnered with the Elvis Presley estate in 2016 to create an eight- to 10-part television biopic that gave the company all music rights and access to shoot in the singer’s Graceland home and to the King’s automobiles, clothes and jets.”
- The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss calls Weinstein “a scumbag!!! And a criminal!!!! Lock him up!!!!”
- Emmy Rossum, Judd Apatow are among celebs taking to Twitter to denounce Weinstein
- Lena Dunham regrets performing at a Weinstein Company-sponsored Hillary Clinton fundraiser
- Female writers on Seth Meyers' Late Night take down Weinstein
- Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter: “We’ve seen this bad f*cking movie so many times…”
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Peter Kraus joins The Bachelor Winter Games
The Bachelorette runner-up won’t be The Bachelor, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with the franchise. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted: “Yes, Peter will be looking for love-- and going for the gold-- on #TheBachelor Winter Games!!!!"
Posted Thursday 9/07/17 at 3:13PM EDT
ABC’s botched Bachelor: Why Arie Luyendyk Jr. is an underwhelming and backwards-thinking pick
Bachelor fans were stunned by Arie’s selection this morning — because they forget all about him. The so-called “fan favorite” was runner-up in Emily Maynard’s season in 2012, which was five years ago. “Five. That’s a long ass time in Bachelor years,” says Lea Palmieri. “Why does ABC keep reaching back to the distant past for these bros?” she asks, referring also to last year’s Bachelor Nick Viall. She adds: “You know, maybe making a decision that indicates the franchise is moving forward, instead of 5 steps back would’ve been nice? The whole entire lifeblood of this show is the community discussion, at work, on Twitter, at brunch, and choosing someone that not everyone knows, remembers, or cares about, rips that apart and takes the fun out of the franchise. A franchise we are desperately counting on to be fun!”
PLUS: Finally, a Bachelor who’s employed!, this looks like a last-minute choice after a report that producers were in “full-blown panic mode” yesterday, Bachelor fans were gobsmacked by the choice, Arie’s dad was “The Flying Dutchman” with two Indy 500 victories, Zach Braff thinks he looks like Arie, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweets “Make ABC great Again,” and Fleiss retweeted a tweet gloating that Reality Steve got it wrong when he tweeted last week: “I feel confident in reporting that sources are telling me Peter is the next Bachelor & it will be announced soon.”
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 3:21PM EDT
Bachelorette runner-up Peter Kraus “probably will not be” the next Bachelor
Creator Mike Fleiss continues to tease the next Bachelor on Twitter.
Posted Tuesday 9/05/17 at 1:16PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise's Corinne Olympios hopes to capitalize on her newfound fame with a dating show and a reality show
While she wouldn’t divulge details of her reality project, Olympios says she’s developing a show “about dating in this millennial world we’re in” with a producer from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days in which she’ll appear in front of the camera and also work behind the scenes. PLUS: Mike Fleiss has narrowed the list of potential Bachelors to five.
Posted Friday 9/01/17 at 3:24PM EDT
Would ABC seriously consider canceling The Bachelor?
Mike Fleiss, creator of The Bachelor sent out an ominous tweet on Wednesday night hinting at some kind of cancellation, which coincided with the news that Disney was planning to cut ABC jobs. “Tv trivia... Has a broadcast network ever canceled its No. 1 show???” he tweeted. Then on Thursday, he tweeted: “Hoping to make unbelievably shocking announcement today regarding #thebachelor. Waiting for final approval…” Fleiss’ tweets have sent Bachelor franchise fans into a tizzy of speculation, especially after GMA canceled plans this week to announce the new Bachelor — apparently because ABC wasn’t ready to make an announcement.
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
The Bachelorette fan fave Peter Kraus' Bachelor chances aren't looking good
Without mentioning Kraus’ name, creator Mike Fleiss tweeted: “Do we really want a Bachelor who isn't ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about…”