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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette suitors revealed
The men vying for Becca's heart include a former Harlem Globetrotter, a banjoist, two former professional football players, a stuntman, a "social media participant" and a sports writer who analyzes football for a living. "When did they start letting nerds on #TheBachelorette?," tweeted the sports writer, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus. (The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is a former sports journalist.) ALSO: Check out the cast photo.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
ABC orders The Pageant 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 Americ. ALSO: Fleiss also announced Bachelor in Paradise is returning this summer.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
The Bachelor creator admits: Arie Luyendyk Jr "was one of our less popular Bachelors"
"I hate to be the first to say it, but I think Arie was one of our less popular Bachelors," Mike Fleiss tweeted this morning. Meanwhile, Arie and Lauren Burnham are said to be "heavily pushing" for a TV wedding by the end of the year.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette to feature some Bachelor alums
Bekah Martinez is among Arie's Bachelor stars spotted in a tweet Wednesday night from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Becca Kufrin's first night as The Bachelorette included a guy in a chicken suit
Creator Mike Fleiss spent last night tweeting photos of Becca, the limos and her bachelors.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
STDs are the top reason that Bachelor applicants are rejected from the show
An excerpt from Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman's new book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, delves into the search and screening for potential contestants. Potential contestants who become finalists for a spot on the show have to undergo a medical examination to test for drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. If they have an STD, they are immediately eliminated. "As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” said Ben Hatta, former personal assistant to Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’"
- Jennifer Lawrence has a Bachelor spinoff idea: Breakup Island
- Why producers shouldn't allow Arie Luyendyk Jr. to fall in love with two women
- Arie: “I know people are going to be hard on (me.) I made a mistake. And I’m prepared for the backlash"
- Becca K. calls out Chris Harrison for tiny tent used as a "fantasy suite"
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.”
- Creator Mike Fleiss recalls developing The Bachelor — with a proposed 50 women
- What it’s like to audition for The Bachelor
- 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!!!!"