I Love New York ends tonight; The Bachelor 10 debuts

Reality show love is at the center of two series tonight, one of which is ending and another of which is beginning.

At 9 p.m. ET, VH1 will air the season finale of I Love New York, which broke VH1 records when it debuted. New York (aka Tiffany Pollard) will take the two remaining men–Chance (aka Kamal Givens) and Tango (aka Patrick Hunter)–to Mexico. New York hasn’t seen the man she selected since last fall, but they do exchange naked pictures via their cell phones. Earlier this season, New York appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and gave Tango’s hand gesture, although she later denied that meant he won. We’ll soon find out.

In the middle of that finale, at 9:45, ABC debuts the 10th season of The Bachelor. This season stars U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, M.D., who has an extensive resume. But he’s “a run-of-the-mill nerd” who “looks frail on camera” and “mumbles and says ‘gosh’ and ‘holy moley’ a lot,” according to The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard. He also “expresses shock that so many of these beautiful gals have careers. Some even went to graduate school.” But luckily for those viewers who are actually still watching this show, Perigard says some “look as if they could give VH1’s New York a jog for her crazy money.”

Apparently, things worked out, because he says he’s in love and even told The View that he proposes to the woman he selects.

The Bachelor [ABC]
I Love New York [VH1]

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