Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Bachelorette Battle with Reality Steve

ABC and the producers of The Bachelorette have decided, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
After years of being scooped by blogger "Reality Steve," the network has capitulated (to an extent) by offering its own episode-by-episode guide to the program, with more detail than anyone would ever care to read.
The only difference - and it's a big one - is that Reality Steve ( is weeks and weeks ahead of ABC and he actually tells viewers who will be voted off and even who the final Bachelor is, sometimes before the first episode of the show airs.  For this season, he hasn't issued his spoilers yet, but if past seasons are any guide, he'll get to that soon, sharing a week-to-week rundown of who's eliminated and then the announcement of the final two, if not the final ONE.
How can ABC compete with that?  It really can't, but you can judge the weekly blog entries for yourself.  As you'll see ABC has taken to virtually copying Reality Steve's idea for a detailed weekly round-up, but without the cynicism and sarcasm.
Here's  a sampling from the official ABC site:
Say It Ain't So, Joe

Joe gets the second one-on-one date. Emily thinks he's really hot—like Matthew McConaughey hot. They take a private jet to Emily's home state of West Virginia. They head to a beautiful resort called the Greenbrier and go for a swim in a hundred-year-old pool. Later that night, Emily descends down a staircase looking like an elegant Southern lady. She takes Joe's arm as they head off to dinner.
Emily needs to know if Joe is a good fit for her life. She makes no secret that she wants more kids. She also doesn't necessarily feel butterflies with this guy. There's something called the Love Clock at the Greenbrier where people put notes that will endure forever. Joe's note is all about coming back to this place someday with Emily and Ricki. Unfortunately, Emily just doesn't feel a connection. That's why, at the end of the night, Joe doesn't get a rose.

Now, here is the Reality Steve version:
-Now it’s time for Emily and Joe to write down their timeless memories and put them into Greenbriar Resorts most famous “Love Clock,” where people write their wishes down in hopes that they “stand the test of time.” Or something like that. Uhhhhh, not quite. Since the episode aired last night, I’ve had three people email me that are familiar with the Greenbriar Resort. All of them have visited there on numerous occasions, one of them even worked there for a summer, and some even attended parties and proms there. All three emails I received told me that in the years they’ve been going to be the Greenbriar Resort, they’d never even heard of this time honored tradition known as the “Love Clock,” so yeah, it was basically made up for the sake of the show. Good thing considering Joe was sent packing about 14 seconds after they put their wishes in the clock. Maybe it had a trap door at the bottom of the clock kinda like in Scooby Doo, and right when Joe was sent home, it opened up and just dumped their wishes into the fireplace. Ahhhhhh, more make believe stuff by production. The “Love Clock.” Nice try.

-That was quite an interesting ending conversation between these two.

Emily: “I don’t know where I fit in your life and Ricki fits in your life.”
Joe: “I get it. We can part ways now.”  (And Joe is off the show.)

In any case, after this past Monday night's episode with Joe, Aaron and Kyle out the door, here's a list of the 16 remaining men:
Alessandro, 30, a grain merchant from St. Paul, MN
Alejandro, 24, a mushroom farmer from San Francisco, CA
Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ
Charlie, 32, a recruiter from Nashville, TN
Chris, 25, a corporate sales director from Chicago, IL
Doug, 33, a charity director/realtor from Seattle, WA
Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT
John "Wolf," 30, a data destruction specialist from St. Louis, MO
Kalon, 27, a luxury brand consultant from Houston, TX
Michael, 26, a rehab counselor from Austin, TX
Nate, 26, an accountant from Los Angeles, CA
Ryan, 31, a pro sports trainer from Augusta, GA
Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas, TX
Stevie, 27, a party MC from Monroe Township, NJ
Tony, 31, a lumber trader from Beaverton, OR
Travis, 30, an advertising sales representative from Madison, MS

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