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The Bachelor Pad: Will it Ruin the Bachelor Franchise?

After 20 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and only two weddings, ABC has found yet another way to make even more trashy TV.

The Bachelor Pad.

Ah yes.  A handful of heartbroken guys and gals from previous seasons come together to stir some more drama in this spin-off.

This time, these 19 money-hungry castoffs are put into a house a la Big Brother, pitting them against one another for a $250,000 grand prize and another “shot at romance”.

What the show is really about is a bunch of hot hard bodies running around in bikinis and swimming trunks!

The show kicks off with the hot bods playing a game of Twister.  Good way to grab viewers’ attention of course. 

Off the bat, we’re reintroduced to Wes and Craig who are probably hoping to fix their reputations after their slimy stints on the Bachelorette.  Then we see dramatic Michelle from Jake Pavelka’s season of The Bachelor,  who starts off acting pretty normal until she bullies Tenley in an uncomfortable bathroom scene which drove the poor girl to tears and fears for her safety: “she’s nuts, I don’t feel safe!”

For viewers who still like to pretend this franchise is about finding love, doesn’t this show almost ruin the Bachelor name?

Newly married Melissa Rycroft of Bachelor fame who co-hosts with Chris Harrison says, “It’s not trying to be The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, it’s trying to be that with a spin on it. I’ll be honest, it does become a very different show and a very different game, essentially, when you add money to the equation. It’s not all girls fighting for one guy or vice versa. It’s guys and girls intermixing, and they’re essentially fighting for money at the end. To say, ‘It needs defending because it’s tarnishing the franchise,’ I think is completely unnecessary. It’s a completely different show.”

Yes, fighting for money which means a lot of lying and manipulating.  Good television.

Do you think The Bachelor Pad will ruin The Bachelor franchise?  Will you tune in?

Photo: ABC

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