Jason proposes to Melissa, dumps Molly, dumps Melissa, leaves with Molly

The Bachelor 13 concluded, and the spoiler proved to be true: Jason Mesnick dumped Molly Malaney, then picked Melissa Rycroft, and then, during After the Final Rose, dumped Melissa, picking Molly.

For the highlights and lowlights, read the live blog from last night, in which I detailed every noteworthy and cringeworthy moment, from dozens of references to Jason’s “little guy” (and during the family hour!) to DeAnna’s nearly pointless, overhyped visit.

Tonight, a final hour airs at 10 p.m. ET, which I will call “After the After the Not-So-Final Rose.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Reality Steve, who still insists the ending was scripted, has spoilers from his mole about tonight’s reunion in a post that’s not quite as excruciatingly long or overwritten as the others.

Meanwhile, host Chris Harrison has already insisted that the ending wasn’t faked, and this morning he uses his Entertainment Weekly blog to explain exactly how things went down–and how tight he is with the people he escorts around, OMG. (“I have an amazing picture of the three of us that I took on my phone right after the proposal,” Chris wrote of Melissa and Jason.)

He reveals that the proposal and finale happened “right before Thanksgiving” and “After the holidays something changed. Jason was struggling with Melissa and he told me something was wrong and things had changed between them. A few weeks after that I heard that Jason was going to break up with Melissa and that he still had feelings for Molly.”

Harrison adds, “here we are in the middle of the Bachelor season on TV and our Bachelor is breaking up with the woman he chose and going after the one that he let go. We had a decision to make. What do we do with this situation and this information?” They decided to “quickly put together the first After the Final Rose special and brought the three of them together to play it out” because “the only thing we could do out of respect for all of you watching was to show, as delicately as possible, what the hell was happening.”

Chris Harrison blogs ‘The Bachelor': The finale and ‘After the Final Rose’ [Entertainment Weekly]
ATFR 2 Taping [Reality Steve]

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.