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The Bachelor 17

Sean’s journey to the land of no surprises continues, but Lindsay wins the night

The most surprising thing about the three-hour finale of The Bachelor was that there were few surprises, though since this is The Bachelor that shouldn’t be surprising at all. There was potential from things like the letter, though both Sean’s parents and Lindsay gave the finale its most exciting moments. To recap: Sean picked Catherine; …

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Sean’s journey ends, Desiree’s begins, and Bachelor improbably gets more popular

The Bachelor concludes its 17th season tonight, which is really the franchise’s 25th overall, including The Bachelorette. That spin-off has already begun production with this season’s rejected Desiree Hartsock as its star. (Reality Steve identified her and she was filmed in L.A. staring into the ocean, which is pretty much all the confirmation one needs.) …

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Chuck Lorre apologizes for Bachelor criticism by criticizing The Bachelor’s sexism

Last week on the Big Bang Theory, creator Chuck Lorre called The Bachelor “idiotic.” This led to an idiotic exchange on Twitter that included an ABC executive’s demand for a forced apology. Well, the ABC reality show got its apology last night, though it was sarcastic and directed even more criticism at the show, this …

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The Bachelor can’t take criticism: the odd response to Chuck Lorre calling it “idiotic”

Last Thursday, The Bachelor was called “idiotic” by The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre in the vanity card he includes at the end of each episode, though it wasn’t actually broadcast: he self-censored and published it online instead. He wrote, in part, “What does it say about us when we think the institution of …

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Bachelor finalists revealed, maybe

The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss revealed, probably, five finalists for the title spot on the show’s 17th season: recent Bachelorette cast members Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe, and Ryan Bowers; Roberto Martinez, who has been long-rumored to be cast; and Tim Tebow. Tebow’s inclusion is suspect, and Fleiss also listed “the singer from Free Credit …

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Roberto Martinez is the next Bachelor and/or has no interest in being the next Bachelor

Roberto Martinez will star in the next edition of The Bachelor, if you believe one tabloid report, or he is totally uninterested and hasn’t signed on at all, if you believe another. Roberto broke up with Ali Fedotowsky last November, and would be the show’s first non-white star if he was cast. Life & Style …

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Bachelor claims free speech to defend itself against racial discrimination lawsuit

Producers of The Bachelor suggest in legal filings that they will defend themselves against a racial discrimination lawsuit by claiming they have the right to free speech. Specifically, it says, “that television casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment.” That’s a pretty incredible argument, essentially saying that they have the right to pick nearly …

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Bachelor defends its casting after lawsuit filed; judge last year’s 70 contestants for yourself

Two men who applied to be The Bachelor sued the show, its producers, and network for racial discrimination today. Nashville’s ABC affiliate WKRN has details; that includes a statement from Warner Horizon Television, which produces the series: “This complaint is baseless and without merit. In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the …

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