A few days ago I was held captive for three hours in my local tire and brakes shop. I never forget to take some reading material to a place like that, but it took so very long I finished the book before they finished the car. I ended up stranded in front of the TV in the waiting room for a seemingly endless period of time.
Now I watch quite a bit of TV, but on that long ago day when I received my first DVR I resolved to never again watch commercials. I’ve managed to keep that resolution quite well, but I think it puts me a little behind in some aspects of pop culture. I don’t see all those panic inducing teasers for the late news (Can something you use every day KILL YOU? Stay tuned for more at 10 or die in your sleep!!!!!) not to mention movie trailers and previews of coming shows. For that very reason, I think the DVR is the greatest invention since the bidet.
So I hadn’t realized just how low one of the original stars of the reality TV pantheon had sank. A new commercial came on featuring a youngish woman in a low cut dress. She was having a good cry. No dialogue, no looking at the camera, no voice over. Just some chick crying. At first I thought it was some nouveau style feminine hygiene product, but eventually some text popped up and it turned out to be a ‘coming attractions’ preview for the new season of The Bachelor starting in January.
I can’t say this is a new low for reality TV, this is the genre that brought us “Joe Millionaire” (compete to date a pretend millionaire) and “More to Love” (fat people dating show) not to mention various others that came along after I got disgusted and quit watching reality programming. But the fact that one of the big teasers for the coming season is just a girl crying is a bit of a problem for the show, not to mention that they’ve decided this is a selling point to get people to watch. (And they’re probably right.)
Unfortunately, the network is saturating their programming with teasers for The Bachelor’s new season, so I had to watch more previews. Turns out it isn’t this bachelor’s first rodeo. He was a contestant on another iteration of the show (Bachelorette) and proposed to a lucky lady who turned him down on national television. Makes me wonder about the size of the dump truck full of cash the producers must have drove up to his door to convince him to risk that kind of humiliation again. Also, you can witness his humiliation here.
Apparently the show has another trick up its sleeve though. One of the lady contestants introduced in the first episode is a grandmother who claims to be in love with the 28 year old Bachelor. The shock value alone isn’t enough apparently. The host of the show says:
“We might have outdone ourselves this season, but people should know that we would never take up a spot on the show as a cocktail joke. It definitely was funny, but it has much more meaning than you see in the ad. There’s something very sweet and romantic about it.”
TL:DR –>”Not only is this old lady in love with our guy, but more crazy hijinks will happen if you watch……. ”
I’ll admit to watching a season or two back in the beginning. I’ve always thought dating shows were entertaining just because it’s fun to see how people interact in that environment. When I was young and single it seemed like a fantasy. Some lucky chump gets to hang out with lots of pretty girls AND there’s a hot tub. But it got old pretty quick, and I can only watch so many women tear up as they admit they love some guy they just met three weeks ago on TV before I felt a little dirty. The bachelor has been around for 16 season and nearly ten years (not to mention the spinoffs), and it’s starting to get pretty desperate for new stunts to pull in eyeballs. If I was on staff I’d be using the company printer to make myself a stack of resumes. If the stunts they’re having to pull these days are any indication, this one ain’t going to be around much longer though the ratings have jumped a bit if Wikipedia is to be believed.
If you’re so inclined, you can see for yourself on ABC’s page. The clip that originally inspired this post is called “It’s Back!”. But you have to watch a 30 second ad before each 15-30 second clip, so you’ve been warned.