From the moment I saw the camera panning in on the quotes on her laptop screen a la Carrie Bradshaw — “What does love REALLY mean?” and “Do I believe in true love?” — my interest in “Bachelor” contestant, “blogger” and “freelance writer” Jenna Burke, was piqued. In her opening interview she says, “I know deep down that relationships work and don’t work. But that’s not enough for me … I don’t want to end up with nobody. So it becomes a feeling of panic. It’s really contradicting because that’s not me.” Hmm … did she mean “contradictory?” Keep reading »
Last night on the premiere of the new season of The Bachelor, the world got to meet a whole new cast of women out to win bachelor Ben Flajnik‘s affections. Most of them were the predictably forgettable tanned dental hygienists and account managers of seasons gone by. But producers outdid themselves by casting the show’s first blogger contestant.
Jenna Burke describes herself as a freelance writer, but ABC simply lists her occupation as “Blogger.” We suspect that means she is “unemployed,” but she is certainly a reality TV force to be reckoned with. Here’s what we learned about Jenna last night. Keep reading »
You guys! I finally have Monday nights free! You know what that means? I can liveblog everyone’s favorite show about women crying over a guy they don’t know, aka “The Bachelor”! And what better timing, as this season’s Bachelor is dopey Ben, who will either be 1) so boring you’ll NEED my witty asides to stay awake, or 2) will be so different from the usual brainless hunks that the show attracts that it’ll actually be, dare I say, interesting. No matter what, it’s a win/win situation and I can’t wait to share it with you. Tune back in to this post at 8 p.m. EST. I’ll bring the wine! (FYI, you can follow along in this post or by following @FriskyLiveblog on Twitter.) Keep reading »
And it’s official—ABC has confirmed that Ben Flajnik is in fact the new “Bachelor.” I’m just not sure how to feel about this news. Ben is cute and sweet, and the fact that he is a winemaker makes him quite a bit sexier. But he’s also a thinker—a thinker who sounds like a robot with feelings when he talks—and I’m just not sure that it will be that fun to watch for an entire season. Plus, ABC seems intent on making him sound as nerdy as possible in this bio: “A rare, modern Renaissance man, Ben dabbles in a lot of hobbies and crafts, such as crab fishing, sailing, golf, skateboarding, surfing, playing piano and singing in a tribute band. He is also quite handy with a hammer and saw, and loves fixing and building things, as well as landscaping. The woman who will share his life will also have to share one of his other great loves: his Jack Russell Terrier, Scotch.” He loves landscaping?!?! Woo hoo! [AOL TV]
Luckily, we watched as Ben courted “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert, so we have the inside track of what the lucky ladies who end up on his season should do to win points with him. After the jump, 10 things to do if you want to win Ben’s love. Keep reading »
Reality Steve is the guy to go to if you want the inside scoop on “The Bachelor.” For eons, he has been giving accurate spoilers for the show, thanks to a reliable set of sources. So even though this story comes to us via Life & Style (who are reporting this week that Jennifer Aniston is preggers with twins, which seems highly suspect), I’m inclined to believe it. Steve says that Ben Flajnik, Ashley Hebert‘s runner-up, has sealed the deal as the next Bachelor. According to him, Ben—who recently was spotted making out with Jennifer Love Hewitt—has been telling friends for weeks that he is the guy 20 women will be competing for. Steve also says that Ben has taken off of work, and was seen shooting footage for the show in San Francisco on Monday.
So what do we think of Ben as the new Bachelor? Keep reading »
On Monday’s episode of “Bachelor Pad,” Ames Brown melted our frozen hearts when, rather than continue in the quest for $250K without his new paramour Jackie Gordon, he waved goodbye to the cast and hopped in the limo to head home alongside her. “I think Jackie and I are falling in love,” he said in voiceovers as they cuddled in the limo. “This is the happiest limo ride in ‘Bachelor‘ history. We won ‘Bachelor Pad.’” I was hoping, hoping, hoping that the two were still together—and that we each have a fairy godmother and that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But alas, it was not to be. Jackie and Ames have already broken up.
In fact, it sounds like Ames might have ghosted Jackie. Keep reading »
“It has only been a few days since my surgery and I’m in a ton of pain but the excitement of seeing my new nose soon is keeping me in good spirits … I want my surgery to be looked at as positive reflection of how I feel. If it makes you feel better about yourself, then DO IT.”
—Vienna Girardi talks about getting rhinoplasty on Twitter. Apparently, she let “Entertainment Tonight” film the entire surgery because, you know, she isn’t media hungry. Also, guess which plastic surgeon performed this work? Dr. Franklin Rose, the father of Erica Rose, Vienna’s good friend and a fellow former “Bachelor” contestant. Because if you can’t trust your friend’s plastic surgeon father to chip away at your beak, who can you trust?
After the jump, what Vienna’s boyfriend, “Bachelorette” guarder and protector of hearts Kasey Kahl, thought of his lady getting plastic surgery. Keep reading »
Sure, Jeff Probst has dimples the size of the Grand Canyon, but his function on “Survivor” is pretty much only to deliver the line, “The tribe has spoken.” Oh, and to snuff out that flame. Like Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor” and Ryan Seacrest on “American Idol,” he mainly blends into the scenery of the show and doesn’t actually get to show much personality. So we were surprised to hear that Jeff will soon be hosting his on daytime talk show, which will cover everything from “newsmakers to ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances.” I’m just not sure what to expect with that. [EW]
In honor of Jeff’s new gig, I think it’s time to Shun, Shag, and Marry he and his fellow reality TV hosts. Keep reading »
“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have long been known for casting types—the workaholic, the basketcase, the party heartier. But it looks like after last season, when Emily Maynard became a fan favorite because of the resilience she showed in talking about her fiance who died in a plane crash years before the show, it appears the franchise has a new type—the tragedian. For the second season in a row, the producers have cast a contestant with something deeper than a traumatizing breakup in their past—they’ve lost spouses in tragic accidents.
This season, that contestant is West Lee, who is currently vying for the love of Ashley Hebert. Keep reading »
Am I really about to get involved in the latest season of “The Bachelorette” with Ashley Hebert, a girl who in my estimation, is not really ready to settle down? I say this because at the end of last season, when she and Brad Womack were getting down to brass tacks, she hadn’t even considered the idea she may have to move to another state to be with him. Red flag that she may not be ready for marriage. The show, while highly entertaining, has lost all credibility. Trista and Ryan Stutter’s love was a fluke that producers have been fruitlessly trying to replicate since season one. I suppose Jason Mesnick and Molly Melaney are still going strong as well, but not without their fair share of scandal. Brad Womack and Emily Maynard are already over (well at least I think they are). I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised. It’s gotten to the point where you expect every “Bachelor” couple to fail. The show has become more about bikinis and less about betrothal. “The Bachelor” franchise needs to make a few changes if they want us to start taking them seriously agin. After the jump, a few suggestions. Keep reading »