ABC expands Bachelor 13’s reunion because of “most dramatic anything ever”; ratings up

ABC is expanding its post-The Bachelor 13 reunion by an hour because of what its producer calls “the most dramatic anything ever. It’s a shocking finish to the show. Just when you think the show is going to end, it doesn’t,” executive producer Mike Fleiss told TV Week.

That follows a blogger’s relentless teasing of a “shocking” finale, and the mystery of DeAnna Pappas’ impending visit. I’m not even watching this season and it seems obvious that she’ll play a role in that. Perhaps Jason will pick someone else and then dump that woman for DeAnna?

After a two-hour finale on March 2, there will be a one-hour After the Final Rose special, and then another hour of that reunion airing the next day, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Even with the conclusion weeks away, ratings are up for the series. This is the first season of The Bachelor since 2003 to have its ratings increase every week, and each of the last three seasons have had higher ratings than the one that preceded it. The Bachelor 13 “is averaging 10.4 million viewers” and is now “the No. 6 show on TV among females 18-34, No. 11 among women 18-49 and No. 18 with women 25-54,” according to TV Week.

That represents a new life for the series. ABC’s entertainment president, Steve McPherson, told TV Week the show had “fallen on hard times creatively” when he started his job, but he thought the show was “a great asset” and “put it to the producers that it needed to get better, and to their credit, they stepped up.”

Fleiss takes responsibility. “I’m the one to blame/ The show was being phoned in there for a couple of seasons. We were a little complacent. I was off making my movies (‘Hostel,’ ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’) and we all took our eye off the ball. I thought the show would run itself.” Since then, the show’s editor, Martin Hilton, became its showrunner, which Fleiss says is key because “These shows are made in post. He’s able to think about a show and how it’s cut together in advance.”

Fleiss calls Brad Womack’s shocking rejection of both women the show’s “turning point,” and said producers “embraced the story of what was happening, and that’s when the show reinvented itself.”

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