Bachelor 14 debuts as promos tease woman’s “sexual affair,” perhaps with a crew member

The 14th season of The Bachelor debuts tonight on ABC, and stars pilot Jake Pavelka, hence the gag-inducing “On the Wings of Love” subtitle.

In recent years, the original dating reality show has embraced its failure to create meaningful relationships, and thus become more like the shows that have parodied it. This season, the one pseudo-scandal that has emerged so far comes from a promo that shows one woman saying of another, “She’s been having a sexual affair with somebody else in the Bachelor house.”

Despite a newspaper’s claim that fansofrealitytv.com has “insider” information that the affair is with a crew member, the site’s own posters say that’s not true, as they’ve just been speculating about the promo. One even wrote, “No one here has claimed any such thing. Someone should let that writer get their facts straight!”

Following the two-hour premiere of The Bachelor, by the way, is Conveyor Belt of Love, the special that features women picking from men–including one who’s done hardcore gay porn–who go by on a conveyor belt.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.