The Bachelor 9 debuts tonight

The reality series that just will not die returns tonight for a ninth season when ABC debuts The Bachelor: Rome. The two-hour premiere starts at 9 p.m. ET, and yes, that twit Chris Harrison returns as host.

After a desperate search, ABC found 25 women to court Prince Lorenzo Borghese, whose relatives include a Pope and who sells “a high-end bath, body and skin care line for pets.”

Having filmed last year in Paris, the show planned to film in Hawaii, but moved to Rome after landing itself the prince, although he went to Rollins College in Florida and Fordham University in New York, and lived in Connecticut.

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The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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