ABC flew Jason’s two trainers to L.A.

ABC paid to have two trainers flown to Los Angeles during production of The Bachelor 13 in order to make sure that Jason Mesnick looked good during all of his shirtless scenes.

Two months before taping began, Jason began working out with trainers, doing an hour-long, five-day-a-week circuit training program that dropped his body fat from 8.4 to 6.7 percent. The Seattle Times reports on his training in a ridiculously detailed story that tells you more than you’d ever want to know about how exactly Jason prepared his body to have it be filmed.

Jason went “through ‘functional strength’ exercises designed to give him a more tapered, athletic look,” and the paper reports that “ABC was so keen on keeping the bachelor’s body photogenic that it flew Elite’s co-owners, Dave Johnson and Alex Wasserman, down to Los Angeles to make sure Mesnick stayed buff.”

As to those frequent shirtless scenes, Jason said, “They must have filmed about 1,000 hours and about 30 minutes of me with my shirt off, but it seems like they put all 30 minutes on screen.”

“The Bachelor’s” secrets for getting camera-ready [Seattle Times]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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