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 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.

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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