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Gia with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson and dog Bentley.

Gia with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson and dog Bentley.

I don’t know what to say.

I didn’t know Gia Allemand personally, but I talked to her for interviews and she seemed like someone I’d like in real life. She and I are both Ginas (although she went by Gia) and big advocates for helping homeless animals. She was the compassionate heart of “Bachelor Pad.” She even made Wes’s country song seem tolerable (although I disagree that he’s like Shakespeare but “better and cuter.”) She just seemed cool and sweet, although a bit sensitive and insecure. I never imagined she’d ever be in a place where she’d take her own life at age 29, as reports have suggested.

Whenever I think of Gia, I think of that conference call she was on during BP2, when we were trying to figure out what happened between Ames and Jackie. They were both on the call and it was kind of awkward, since Ames had apparently dumped Jackie and no one really understood what happened. Gia jumped in to ask her own questions, since she was a fan of Team Jackie Brown too.

Here’s that interview, if you want to read it. And here’s a lot more on Gia, including an archive of old Wetpaint stories about her from The Bachelor 14 (with Jake) and BP1 and BP2.

Gia, you are already missed — and you’ll never be forgotten.

He’s growing on me. And not just because his hair is getting a few inches higher by the day.

*Spoiler alert! I have no idea if any or all of the spoilers are true, but here’s what’s out there and how I feel about it…*

I’m cautiously optimistic about Emily Maynard. I never really wanted her to be “The Bachelorette,” but if she does pick Jef Holm — as way early spoilers indicate (see below) — I’ll think maybe this was a good idea after all.

Last summer, Emily said she was looking for a “funny/cute” guy. In ABC’s first press release for Season 8, it stated that Emily was looking for “someone who makes her laugh, doesn’t take himself too seriously and can be her best friend.”

She also mentioned in the press release that she’s particularly interested in volunteer work that helps children — and next on her list is a mission trip to Africa. (Side note: Must be nice to never have to *work* work.)

Keltie Colleen, Em’s friend from “The Bachelor” Season 15, recently shared some things to know about Emily, including “We had dinner when she came to hang with me in Myrtle Beach and we talked about our love of musicians, rocker types, slightly dirty and with that sense of style. I think everyone expects Em to love the ‘Ken’, to her ‘Barbie’, but she’s really not into that. She doesn’t care about abs and all that…”

Jef isn’t really grungy or dirty, but he’s no Ken doll and he does seem to have a hipster vibe with his skateboard and sunglasses.

So with that in mind, I looked at the ABC pics and bios for Em’s 25 guys and was … totally underwhelmed. Those photos are invariably horrible — too much hair gel, unflattering angles — but the 12-year-old with the pompadour really stood out in a bad way. That was Jef, who is actually 27, a year older than Emily.

Em and her men. There’s Jef, just to her left, looking like her kid brother.

But Jef is the kind of guy who grows on you. With Jef, it’s partly because of the good work he does with People Water. Watch him in action in this video.

In his intro on “The Bachelorette” premiere, Jef says people rarely take him seriously, because of the way he looks and acts, but he likes being underestimated, because if people care enough to get to know him they are pleasantly surprised. He is the CEO of a bottled water company and, for every bottle that’s purchased, a portion of the profits goes to a charity that builds wells around the world for people who need clean drinking water. He’s young and wants to enjoy life and he’s just missing that person.

He skateboards into the Charlotte, N.C. mansion instead of taking a limo, riding a horse or entering via helicopter, ala Kalon. When Jef throws his board to the side as he approaches Emily for the first time, she jokes “I was gonna ride that later!”

She seems very impressed with him right away and when they eventually sit down for a chat, she tells him she had been looking for him all night. That’s a good sign. Em eventually tells the cameras Jef made a great first impression (although he didn’t get the first impression rose) and he made her feel like a “nerd.” “He is super cool and I hope that he thinks I’m cool too.”

Interesting that he made her feel that way, since Brad Womack said he felt like a lovestruck high school sophomore around his Chosen One from “The Bachelor” Season 15 and we know that turned out to be Emily.

So Jef looks funny and cute, doesn’t take himself too seriously but has a serious, responsible side, seems good with kids (according to promo shots) and does inspiring work Emily probably admires. Plus, he lives in the Salt Lake City area, so if Em and Ricki move there, Em could be close to Michelle Money and Michelle’s daughter, Brielle.

Jef seems like he’d be a fun, childlike (but not childish) father figure for Ricki, inspiring both Em and Ricki to think beyond themselves, while adoring Emily the way she clearly wants to be adored.


So what have the spoilers told us so far?

Last we heard from Reality Steve, Emily’s final three were Jef, fitness model Sean Lowe and Indy car racer Arie Luyendyk, Jr.

While Steve works with his sources to figure out the ending, The Bachelorette 8 forum has been busy sleuthing things out with their own sources.

Am I the only one who thinks these promo pics make Emily look like Season 3 Bachelorette Jen Schefft? Please let Em’s season be more successful.

Back on May 6, Love_Me posted info on the final two:

“I wanted to start a new thread because I was able to confirm who the F2 contestants will be this season.

This information is correct. There is no doubt in my mind I have the right information!

The F2 Are:


Arie was eliminated last night.”

Then, on May 9, Love_Me posted: “Jeff is the F1. There is no doubt in my mind.”

It seemed a little fishy because the final rose ceremony hadn’t been taped at that point — and there was some scuttlebutt about Arie sticking around after being eliminated, as if he were going to come back and make another play for Emily’s heart, as contestants do from time to time — but at this point taping is over and Jef is the early (and only) spoiler out there.

I have no idea if it’s true, but it feels true. I’d love it if Jef were picked early as the winner and the final rose ceremony was actually Jef and Emily’s wedding. It seems like fast work — especially for a serious single mom — but I know that’s Mike Fleiss’s dream for a couple to be so madly in love they get married on the spot. Since the show has a lot of romance work to do after Ben Flajnik’s season, maybe it will happen?

That’s kind of crazy talk at this point, but I hope it’s true anyway.

Read my recap of Emily’s premiere here.

My top two choices, at this point. When we see all of Emily's guys in action, I'll have some new favorites to add to the mix.

Maybe two months ago, someone asked me if Reid Rosenthal and Kristen Dalton had broken up. I didn’t think so, but I didn’t know. Now I know. Or at least I know now what Reid tweeted last month — that he and Kristen are dunzo.

Apparently I’ve been way out of the Reid loop, but it does explain why he would’ve been at that “Bachelor” reunion to begin with. Will he be on “Bachelor Pad” Season 3? Reid also tweeted a link to “Bachelor” honcho Mike Fleiss’ tweet asking who should be the next Bachelor. Is Reid throwing his hat in the ring or just supporting Bachelor Nation?

Do you think Reid should be the Season 17 Bachelor or should they go with Michael Stagliano of “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, Roberto Martinez of “The Bachelorette” Season 6, one of Emily Maynard’s rejects from “The Bachelorette” Season 8 … or someone new? They won’t go with someone new, unless it’s some new guy they cast on BP3, but if enough people push for it maybe it’ll change their minds?

For some reason, this just makes me think of the Paramount Pictures logo.

Ben Flajnik. I didn’t pick him. He’s not my fifth first choice. But whatever.

I always, always, always get annoyed with The Bachelor or Bachelorette at least one (thousand) time during the season and focus 90 percent of my attention on the contestants. Ben was a boring contestant on “The Bachelorette” Season 7, but that kind of makes him the perfect Bachelor. ABC loves to cast bland guys who are easily steamrolled by the crazy ladies. Expect a lot of that on “The Bachelor” Season 16, which starts this Monday, Jan. 2. It should be wonderfully tragic — ’cause it always is!

As the sun now stands, I’ll be writing about the show for Wetpaint’s Bachelor site, where we should have an insane amount of news, recaps, gossip, photos, videos and other stuff.

*Spoiler alert*

The future ex Mrs. Flajnik?

If you’ve read the finale spoilers out there, you must know Ben is supposedly engaged to The Girl Everyone Else Hates.

I don’t want to believe it. But if it’s true, I want to believe she’s much more than what the previews are showing. But if that’s true, why wouldn’t ABC want to show the best of Courtney Robertson instead of … the Vienna?

Reality Steve sounds very confident about these spoilers, but he always is. It’s possible the spoilers will change. Or it’s possible Courtney starts out getting on the other ladies’ nerves and then they come to like her. I don’t know. Maybe she’s really more Michelle Money than Vienna Girardi. I don’t know.

Here’s what I do know: I’ll be watching the dramafest no matter what happens. I’ll love something every week. I’ll hate something every week. I’ll complain about something every week. I’ll have a favorite. I’ll have a least favorite. I’ll obsess about the one I hate more than the one I love. I’ll want to shake Ben. I’ll wish someone else had been cast. I’ll forgive it all if there’s a happy ending.

Head to Bachelor HQ here and catch up on all the stuff that’s already out there. Don’t forget to follow Wetpaint’s Bachelor tweets and do the Facebook thing as well. 35,000 of us can’t all be wrong!

It's time to degrade the Padawans! (Poor Erica Rose...)

Everyone has a part to play on “Bachelor Pad” Season 2.

Vienna Girardi and Gia Allemand are fighting over who gets to play the biggest victim. Jake Pavelka and Kasey Kahl are battling for king hero. Blake Julian and Kirk DeWindt are playing the “who can insult Erica the most” game. Holly Durst is playing the fun party girl. Michael Stagliano is playing the jilted suitor. Melissa Schreiber is about to play the crazy jealous girl — and I actually can’t wait to see that one play out. Ella Nolan is playing “This is what it looks like to be a sane, strong woman — just in case you’ve forgotten.” Ames Brown and Jackie Gordon are playing the season sweethearts and I wish they would stay together and get married so she could become Jackie Brown.

Did you see the three-hour BP2 premiere? Read my recap here. I wish Justin Rego were still around. He’s a good “Survivor” player and I like how he sided with Gia and the underdogs. What was William Holman doing with the veteran clique, though? Shouldn’t he have been with Gia’s outcasts?

Anyway, Episode 2 sounds like it’s going to be pretty epic.

Don’t forget to catch up on all kinds of BP2 spoilers, recaps, quotes, top 10 lists and other news stories here at

I love how disheveled all the Bachelor Padawans look.

Did you see the “Bachelor Pad” Season 2 preview during last night’s “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” special? It was worth sitting through more Bentley babble just to see that teaser. Next Monday’s BP2 premiere is three hours long. I can’t wait. I love everything about it already.

I only wish BP2 aired for more than six weeks. It should be the other way around — six weeks of “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” and 11 weeks of “Bachelor Pad.” But “Dancing With the Stars” Season 13 has to start on Sept. 19, so they don’t have time. However, they could do another “Bachelor Pad” season between DWTS Season 13 and “The Bachelor” Season 16, which starts next January. Think about it, ABC…

Anyway, here’s the full list of August premieres and finales, as copied wholesale from the lovely and amazing AOL TV Squad:

Monday, August 1
12:15AM – ‘Mongo Wrestling Alliance’ (Adult Swim) 1st season finale
8:00PM – ‘The Bachelorette’ (ABC) 7th season finale
8:00 – ‘Moby Dick’ (Encore) mini-series premiere
8:30 – ‘Secret Mountain of Fort Awesome’ (Cartoon Network) series premiere
9:00 – ‘The Bad Girls Club’ (Oxygen) 7th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Cake Boss’ (TLC) 4th season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘Koran by Heart’ (HBO) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Rogue Sharks’ (Discovery) special presentation
10:00 – ‘The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose’ (ABC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘The High Low Project’ (HGTV) series premiere
10:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of New York City: Reunion, Part 2’ (Bravo) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Summer of the Shark’ (Discovery) special presentation

Tuesday, August 2
8:00 – ‘Moby Dick’ (Encore) mini-series finale
8:00 – ‘Rescue Renovation’ (DIY) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ’19 Kids & Counting’ (TLC) 5th season mid-season finale
9:00 – ’50 Documentaries to See Before You Die’ (Current) mini-series premiere
9:00 – ‘Billy the Exterminator’ (A&E) 4th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape’ (BBC America) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Killer Sharks’ (Discovery) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Take the Money and Run’ (ABC) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Born to Dance: LaurieAnn Gibson’ (BET) series premiere
10:00 – ‘The Little Couple’ (TLC) 4th season mid-season finale
10:00 – ‘Picker Sisters’ (Lifetime) series premiere
10:00 – ‘True Grime: Crime Scene Clean Up’ (ID) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘Extra Yardage’ (DIY) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘Nail Files’ (TV Guide) 1st season finale

Wednesday, August 3
7:00 – ‘Scream If You Know the Answer’ (Travel) series premiere
8:30 – ’10 Grand in Your Hand’ (DIY) 6th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Franklin & Bash’ (TNT) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘How Sharks Hunt’ (Discovery) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Locked Up Abroad’ (National Geographic) 5th season finale
10:00 – ‘Truck Stop Missouri’ (Travel) series premiere

Thursday, August 4
8:00 – ‘Detroit in Overdrive’ (Planet Green) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Shark City’ (Discovery) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Jersey Shore’ (MTV) 4th season premiere
10:00 – ‘The Ultimate Merger’ (TV One) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘When Fish Attack 3’ (Discovery) special presentation

Friday, August 5
8:00 – ‘Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension’ (Disney) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Friends with Benefits’ (NBC) series premiere
8:00 – ‘Platinum Hit’ (Bravo) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Extraordinary Acts of Courage’ (OWN) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Four Weddings’ (TLC) 3rd season mid-season premiere
11:00 – ‘Whisker Wars’ (IFC) series premiere

Saturday, August 6
12:00 – ‘The Swell Life’ (OWN) series premiere
4:30 – ‘The Swell Life’ (OWN) 1st season finale
8:00 – ‘Curb Appeal: The Block’ (HGTV) 4th season premiere
8:00 – ‘Who Is Simon Miller?’ (NBC) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Outcasts’ (BBC America) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Style Exposed: The Truth About Shoplifting’ (Style) special presentation
9:00 – ‘When Fish Attack 2’ (Discovery) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Home Takeover with Simon & Tomas’ (OWN) series premiere
11:00 – ‘Michael Ian Black: Very Famous’ (Comedy Central) special presentation

Sunday, August 7
7:00 – ‘Dateline NBC: Tom Brokaw Reports on the Road Back’ (NBC) special presentation
7:00 – ‘Grand Canyon Serenade’ (PBS) special presentation
7:00 – ‘Teen Spirit’ (ABC Family) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Ty’s Great British Adventure 2011’ (ABC) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Curiosity’ (Discovery) series premiere
8:00 – ‘Teen Choice 2011’ (FOX) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Barbra Streisand: One Night Only at the Village Vanguard’ (PBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘100 Hollywood Crimes, Misdemeanors & Dirty Deeds’ (TV Guide) mini-series premiere
9:00 – ‘Curiosity After Show’ (Discovery) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Falling Skies’ (TNT) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘How to Build a Volcano’ (National Geographic) special presentation
9:30 – ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’ (Discovery) special presentation
9:30 – ‘Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On’ (PBS) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Hillbilly Handfishin” (Animal Planet) series premiere
10:00 – ‘In Plain Sight’ (USA) 4th season finale
10:00 – ‘Punks’ (Logo) special presentaiton
10:30 – ‘Ice Loves Coco’ (E!) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘The Indestructibles’ (National Geographic) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘My Strange Addiction’ (TLC) 2nd season finale

Monday, August 8
8:00 – ‘Bachelor Pad’ (ABC) 2nd season premiere
8:00 – ‘The Bling Ring’ (Lifetime) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy’ (PBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Single Ladies’ (VH1) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Superheroes’ (HBO) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Tia & Tamera’ (Style) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Donna Decorates Dallas’ (HGTV) series premiere
10:30 – ‘Sugar High’ (Food) series premiere

Tuesday, August 9
8:00 – ‘Legends of Folk: The Village Scene’ (PBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Auction Kings’ (Discovery) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Crazy About Pippa’ (TLC) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Gordon Ramsay’s F Word’ (BBC America) 5th season premiere
9:00 – ‘I Escaped: Real Prison Breaks’ (ID) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘White Collar’ (USA) 3rd season mid-season finale
10:00 – ‘Big Law: Deputy Butterbean’ (ID) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Covert Affairs’ (USA) 2nd season mid-season finale
10:00 – ‘Dirty Money’ (Discovery) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Top Shot’ (Histsory) 3rd season premiere
11:00 – ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait’ (BBC America) special presentation

Wednesday, August 10
7:30 – ‘State of Georgia’ (ABC Family) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Michael Londra: Beyond Celtic’ (PBS) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ (TLC) 4th season mid-season finale
10:30 – ‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’ (Comedy Central) 1st season finale

Thursday, August 11
8:00 – ‘Monday Night Football: Preseason: Seattle @ San Diego’ (ESPN) special presentation
8:00 – ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (FOX) 8th season finale
9:00 – ‘Make Me Superhuman’ (National Geographic) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Extreme Chef’ (Food) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘Russian Dolls’ (Lifetime) series premiere

Friday, August 12
8:00 – ‘NFL Preseason: Tamba Bay @ Kansas City’ (FOX) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Karaoke Battle USA’ (ABC) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Whale Wars’ (Animal Planet) 4th season finale
9:30 – ‘Nikolai Baskov: Romantic Journey’ (PBS) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Strike Back’ (Cinemax) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Whale Wars: Reunion’ (Animal Planet) special presentation
11:00 – ‘Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love?’ (Comedy Central) special presentation

Saturday, August 13
8:00 – ‘David Garrett: Rock Symphonies II’ (PBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Daniel O’Donnell: Live from Nashville’ (PBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor’ (BBC America) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Doomsday Prophecy’ (Syfy) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Honeymoon for One’ (Hallmark) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Momster of the Bride’ (Style) mini-series premiere
9:00 – ‘Wrestlemania: The World Premiere’ (NBC) special presentation

Sunday, August 14
7:00 – ‘ Science Is Rock and Roll’ (ABC) special presentation
8:00 – ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ (ABC) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes’ (OWN) series finale
9:00 – ‘Carson Nation’ (OWN) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Exorcist Files’ (Discovery) special presentation
9:00 – ‘In the Flow with Affion Crockett’ (FOX) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Food Network Star’ (Food) 7th season finale
10:00 – ‘Behind the Music’ (VH1) 4th season finale
10:00 – ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ (Food) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘High Stakes Sweepers’ (TLC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Lost and Delirious’ (Logo) special presentation
10:00 – ‘The Marriage Ref’ (NBC) 2nd season finale
10:00 – ‘Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals’ (OWN) 1st season finale

Monday, August 15
8:00 – ‘Monday Night Football: Preseason: NY Jets & Houston’ (ESPN) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Gloria: In Her Own Words’ (HBO) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The Lying Game’ (ABC Family) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ (Bravo) 5th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Unusual Suspects’ (ID) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘All Worked Up’ (TruTV) 4th season finale
10:00 – ‘Dina’s Party’ (HGTV) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Hair Battle Spectacular’ (Oxygen) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘Most Elegible Dallas’ (Bravo) series premiere

Tuesday, August 16
8:00 – ‘MasterChef’ (FOX) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘Downsized’ (WE) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Memphis Beat’ (TNT) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘The Nine Lives of Chloe King’ (ABC Family) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘What Not to Wear’ (TLC) 9th season premiere
10:00 – ‘American Hoggers’ (A&E) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Family Restaurant’ (WE) series premiere
10:00 – ‘HawthoRNe’ (TNT) 3rd season finale

Wednesday, August 17
7:30 – ‘Exes & Ohs’ (Logo) 2nd season finale
8:00 – ‘To the Mat’ (CMT) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Animals Say the Wildest Things’ (National Geographic Wild) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Ghost Hunters International’ (Syfy) 3rd season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant’ (TLC) 4th season mid-season premiere
9:00 – ‘Law & Order: UK’ (BBC America) 3rd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Ton of Cash’ (VH1) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Wonders of the Universe’ (Science) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘You Don’t Know Dixie’ (History) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Bedbug Apocalypse’ (Animal Planet) special presentation
10:00 – ‘CMT Made’ (CMT) series premiere
10:00 – ‘The Hour’ (BBC America) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Legend Quest’ (Syfy) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Love in the Wild’ (NBC) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Outrageous Kid Parties’ (TLC) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘Pint-Sized Preachers’ (National Geographic) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Rocco’s Dinner Party’ (Bravo) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman’ (Science) 2nd season finale
10:30 – ‘Happily Divorced’ (TV Land) 1st season finale

Thursday, August 18
8:00 – ‘NFL Preseason: Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh’ (FOX) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Salvage Code Red’ (TLC) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Blog Cabin’ (DIY) 5th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Do Something Awards 2011’ (VH1) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Prostitution: Leaving the Life’ (OWN) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Beyond Scared Straight’ (A&E) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘Salvage Code Red’ (TLC) 2nd season finale
11:00 – ‘The Green Room with Paul Provenza’ (Showtime) 2nd season finale

Friday, August 19
8:00 – ‘Flashpoint’ (CBS) 4th season finale
8:00 – ‘NFL Preseason: Atlanta @ Jacksonville’ (FOX) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Tanked’ (Animal Planet) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Monster Fish’ (National Geographic) 3rd season finale

Saturday, August 20
8:00 – ‘2011 Visa Gymnastics Championships’ (NBC) special presentation
8:00 – ‘HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2011’ (HGTV) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters’ (BBC America) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Momster of the Bride’ (Style) mini-series finale
9:30 – ‘The Cupcake Girls’ (WE) 2nd season finale
9:30 – ‘From Spain With Love’ (Cooking) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp’ (VH1 Classic) 2nd season premiere
10:30 – ‘That Metal Show’ (VH1 Classic) 8th season premiere

Sunday, August 21
8:00 – ‘Sunday Night Football: Preseason: San Diego @ Dallas’ (NBC) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The Glee Project’ (Oxygen) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘My Collection Obsession’ (TLC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon’ (Showtime) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Vegas Strip’ (TruTV) 1st season finale

Monday, August 22
8:00 – ‘Monday Night Football: Preseason: Chicago @ NY Giants’ (ESPN) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Top Gear [UK]’ (BBC America) 17th season premiere
9:30 – ‘Lizard Lick Towing’ (TruTV) 1st season mid-season premiere
10:00 – ‘American Ninja Warrior’ (NBC) 3rd season finale
10:00 – ‘Bear Swamp Recovery’ (TruTV) series premiere
10:00 – ‘CIA Confidential: Inside the Drone War’ (National Geographic) special presentation
10:00 – ‘La La’s Full Court Life’ (VH1) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope’ (PBS) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Surprise Homecoming’ (TLC) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘The T.O. Show’ (VH1) 3rd season premiere

Tuesday, August 23
9:00 – ‘Ludo Bites America’ (Sundance) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Hard Time’ (National Geographic) 2nd season finale

Wednesday, August 24
8:00 – ‘Buried Treasure’ (FOX) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Confessions: Animal Hoarding’ (Animal Planet) 3rd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Ghost Hunters’ (Syfy) 7th season mid-season premiere
10:00 – ‘Desperate Landscapes’ (DIY) 8th season finale
10:00 – ‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ (Bravo) 2nd season premiere

Thursday, August 25
8:00 – ‘Monday Night Football: Preseason: Washington @ Baltimore’ (ESPN) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Secret Access: Most Credible UFOs’ (History) special presentation
8:00 – ‘World’s Toughest Fixes’ (National Geographic) 3rd season finale
9:00 – ‘Expedition Impossible’ (ABC) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Life 2.0’ (OWN) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Earth Overhaul’ (National Geographic) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Leopards of Dead Tree Island’ (National Geographic Wild) special presentation

Friday, August 26
8:00 – ‘NFL Preseason: Green Bay @ Indianapolis’ (CBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ (BBC America) special presentation
9:00 – ‘LFL Presents: Friday Night Football’ (MTV2) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘Rat Busters NYC’ (Animal Planet) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings’ (IFC) 1st season finale

Saturday, August 27
7:30 – Bathtastic! Top 10: Bathroom Blowouts’ (DIY) special presentation
8:00 – ‘HGTV Urban Oasis 2011’ (HGTV) special presentation
8:00 – ‘NFL Preseason: New England @ Detroit’ (CBS) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Staten Island Cakes’ (WE) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC America) 6th season mid-season premiere
9:00 – ‘Killer Mountain’ (Syfy) special presentation
9:00 – ‘William & Catherine: A Royal Romance’ (Hallmark) special presentation
9:50 – ‘Doctor Who: Best of the Companions’ (BBC America) special presentation
10:00 – ’24/7: Mayweather/Ortiz’ (HBO) 12th season premiere
10:00 – ‘I Didn’t Do It’ (ID) special presentation
11:00 – ‘Godfrey: Black by Accident’ (Comedy Central) special presentation

Sunday, August 28
8:00 – ‘Sunday Night Football: Preseason: New Orleans @ Oakland’ (NBC) special presentation
9:00 – ’28th MTV Video Music Awards’ (MTV) special presentation
9:00 – ‘100 Hollywood Crimes, Misdemeanors & Dirty Deeds’ (TV Guide) mini-series finale
9:00 – ‘Leverage’ (TNT) 4th season finale
9:00 – ‘Same Name’ (CBS) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Livin’ for the Apocalypse’ (TLC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind’ (OWN) series premiere

Monday, August 29
8:00 – ‘Basketball Wives LA’ (VH1) series premiere
8:00 – ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ (ABC Family) 4th season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘Man vs. Wild’ (Discovery) 7th season finale
9:00 – ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’ (Logo) 2nd season finale
10:00 – ‘Design on a Dime’ (HGTV) 30th season premiere
10:00 – ‘Ridiculousness’ (MTV) series premiere
10:20 – ‘James May’s Road Trip’ (BBC America) 3rd season finale
10:30 – ‘Death Valley’ (MTV) series premiere

Tuesday, August 30
9:00 – ’50 Documentaries to See Before You Die’ (Current) mini-series finale
9:00 – ‘Flipping Out’ (Bravo) 5th season finale
10:00 – ‘9/11: Where Were You?’ (TLC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Big Sexy’ (TLC) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Quirky’ (Sundance) series premiere

Wednesday, August 31
9:00 – ‘Royal Pains’ (USA) 3rd season mid-season finale
10:00 – ‘The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants’ (Showtime) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Hard Knocks: Anniversary Special’ (HBO) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Hot in Cleveland’ (TV Land) 2nd season finale
11:00 – ‘Rake’ (DirecTV/Audience) 1st season finale



I love sleuthing! I just wish I were better at it. I'm more of a speculator...

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Sign up. Check out the forums. It’s a new FORT (Fans of Reality TV) but instead of telling everyone there’s no more “Bachelorette” sleuthing because posters are too crazy, they let people sleuth and spoil. And even though I’m *just* finding it now, it’s been up for all of Ashley Hebert’s Season 7 and it posted the finale and “After the Final Rose” details a couple of days before Reality Steve. I wish I had known that before doing this story, but oh well.

They will also be doing stuff on “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, although those spoilers are already out there up until the final four and the winners won’t even be chosen until September.

Of course the best place for Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad news is still Wetpaint, but it’s nice to have a sleuthing/spoiler site to go to again.

Samantha and Mike are better than Ashley and anyone. Heck, they may even be better than Ali and Roberto.

To be fair, few things aren’t better than “The Bachelorette” Season 7.

I love “The Bachelorette” and I’ll watch it no matter what crazy shenanigans they pull, but this season has been rough. Still not as rough as Brad Womack + his therapist, but Ashley Hebert’s season is only just now becoming bearable and we’re already at the overnight dates.

On the other hand, “Love in the Wild” is getting better and better every week.

Samantha and Mike are already a stronger couple than Ashley and JP or Ashley and Ben F. on “The Bachelorette.” I don’t see the appeal of Steele, but he and Erica seem to be doing well too. I felt bad for Jason, but he should be glad to be free of Jessica. Derrek is a twat. Ben is a twat, but I love him with Brandee. She brings out the best in him. Theresa and Skip get such little air time I keep forgetting they are there. Heather and Miles are a good team.

But I just love Mike & Sam. They are living out the love story I wanted to see on “The Bachelorette.”

Next week it looks like they are forced to switch partners and someone is carted off in an ambulance Nice.

Are you watching “Love in the Wild”? You should watch. Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. At least tape it or watch it On Demand. Or just catch up on episodes right here on the official site.

Not that I’m giving up on “The Bachelorette.” I’m not sure if Ashley picks JP or Ben. I said Ben before but I really have no idea. Read all kinds of Bachelor/Bachelorette news/spoilers and fun stuff here at Wetpaint’s site.

And don’t forget: The Greatest Show On Earth is coming soon! Yes! “Bachelor Pad” Season 2 arrives on August 8. Prepare.

Are you a Beneffer? He reminds me of one of my brothers, so I don't mind if someone else takes him.

*Spoilers and speculation ahead!*

“The Bachelorette” Season 7 has been pretty wince-worthy up to this point, but I would argue it’s still not half as bad as Brad Womack’s Debbie Downer of a “Bachelor” Season 15. He had a therapist! On several episodes! And he never looked comfortable with the woman he chose (and vice versa). That was one of the worst seasons I’ve ever seen — and I was a big proponent of bringing Brad back,  just not Boring Robot Brad who told every girl the same thing (did he think Emily wouldn’t notice?).

I’ve always preferred “The Bachelorette” anyway, for the obvious reason that it’s much more fun, to me, to watch 25 guys fight over one girl. If I want to watch girls crying and snapping at each other I’ll go back to middle school.

However, unlike some seasons, on Season 7 Ashley Hebert has only really had two contenders from the beginning.

Even though Ryan Park seems sweet to me, the guys bash him as the second coming of Jake Pavelka and he just seems too cheesy for Ashley. Reality Steve seems to think they are setting up Mr. Sunshine as the Season 16 Bachelor and maybe that’s true — he has the generic Captain America looks the show loves.

Ames Brown seems like a fascinating guy but even if he weren’t already dating Jackie Gordon from “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, he would still not be right for Ashley. Did you see the condescending way she reacted to his (creepy) elevator kiss — like he was some little kid who made a surprisingly adult decision and “Wow, good for you, little buddy!”

There’s no one else other than Ben Flajnik and JP Rosenbaum. Constantine Tzortzis may get to the final three, but he seems as into Ashley as Chris Harrison.

How much do you think he regrets telling that "Cupcake" story? I'm betting "a lot."

Reality Steve’s spoilers say JP is the final guy, but Steve’s sources have given him bad intel for the past two seasons in a row — leading me to wonder if Bachelor/ette producers may have finally gotten a hold on their own finales. We’ll see.

(And no, getting an update a week or two before the finale does not count if the wrong spoiler has been out there for months.)

(*Update* Dang it! It sounds like the spoilers were right and Cupcake is off the market. Rats.)

JP is getting major screen time. I’ve read the arguments why that means he’s NOT the winner and I’ve read why that doesn’t mean anything. I’m going by what I see chemistry-wise.

JP is the friend who picks Ashley up after she’s been dumped by Bentley Williams. He was the first one to get two 1-on-1 dates (before Mr. Sunshine even got one) but they were both post-Bentley talks where she just talked to JP about Bentley. Ashley and JP don’t have as much fun together (at this point) as she has with Ben F.

JP is insanely attractive and I’m starting to think he just has great chemistry with everyone. If JP were The Bachelor, even Chris would make eyes at him. I don’t think there’s anything *special* about JP’s chemistry with Ashley, despite him saying he just has a feeling about them. I think Ashley likes having him as a shoulder to cry on and I have no doubt that he’s an amazing kisser.

But she just has a different look around Ben F. I can picture her picturing herself out there in Cali, dealing with whatever people deal with when they have wineries. It’s a relaxing kind of lifestyle. Ashley likes wine. Ashley could use a low-key guy to balance out her zany energy. And I think she knows that. Plus, Ben F. is protective of her and also funny in a way that Ashley seems to like. They seem to “fit.” That doesn’t mean she’ll pick him — I thought Jake and Tenley “fit” better than Jake and Vienna — but it makes more sense to me. I loved their “mental kiss.”

Both JP and Ben have done videos on the official Bachelor site. JP talks about how, by Episode 6, he’s “smitten” with Ashley. Ben F., on the other hand, looks half asleep in his video and plays down his interest to such an extent I have to think he’s joking around.

Plus — and I don’t know why I’m reading so much into this, but I am — Life & Style had that cover story where they announced that Ashley is engaged and “elated.” They described her chosen one as “… the sweetest guy, and he’s very sensitive. He had his heart broken in the past, but he loves being in a relationship, and he and Ashley have great chemistry.” I think that could be either JP or Ben but to me it sounds more like Ben.

Also, Ashley does her People magazine blogs every week and for the one in Phuket, Thailand she talked about how Ben stood out to her at the orphanage:

“At this point, I started to see the guys in a completely different light, especially Ben F. He took it upon himself to paint a mural for the children and was a standout guy in terms of interacting with the children. It really melted my heart, and I feel like this helped solidify my feelings for him.”

At the end of the column, she said “Looking back at this week, the most important lesson I took away is that the best type of love starts off with a slow burn, and eventually turns into something much brighter than a spark ever could.”

Slow burn = Ben.

To be fair, I’m really pushing this Ben F. argument because I want JP as the next Bachelor. And not just because I had a very nice dream about him that I wish I had TiVo-ed so I could watch it back. I think the whole “Cupcake” storyline is adorable but almost too perfect.

If JP and Ashley are engaged and happy, I’m happy for them. But there’s really no one else from this season who would make a decent Bachelor. Not Mr. Sunshine. Not mellow yellow Ben F. Ames is already dating someone else. And they have no luck with finding random guys off the street. Remember Brad?

If JP is taken (or says no) could Stag be the next Bachelor?

Anyway, read all kinds of recaps, top 10 lists, spoilers, speculation and random gossip at Wetpaint’s Bachelorette site. And don’t forget to read up on “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, which won’t start until August 8 but it’s already 100 times better than Ashley’s season.

Wait a minute. I forgot something.

It’s possible that if Ashley IS engaged to JP then they could make Michael Stagliano the new Bachelor, because Stag and Holly Durst are no longer engaged and he supposedly still holds a torch for her and cries about it on “Bachelor Pad” but she’s just not that into him anymore. Or something.

I still want JP as the mini rosemaster, but Stag is my second choice.

Catch up on my Bachelorette/Bachelor/Bachelor Pad blog stories in this nifty archive.

Bless him, he'll be "Drunk Tim" forever after this.

I think this season of “The Bachelorette” is going to be fun. More fun than Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” anyway. Not that it would be hard to top that 10-week funeral.

I was all in favor of bringing Brad back for a 2.0 session, so I clearly have bad judgment. I wanted pretty much anyone except Ashley Hebert as the Bachelorette, so that probably means this will be a great season.

Check out her pre-season media conference call, which was very guarded but still interesting. And catch up on all the spoilers, speculation, gossip, videos, photos, etc. on Wetpaint’s Bachelorette site. I’ll be recapping each episode there on Monday nights.

Here's Sasha on "The Bachelor" Ukraine.

Remember, the premiere is from 9 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, because of “Dancing With the Stars.”

I think Hines Ward & Kym Johnson will win DWTS Season 12, but I’d be happy for Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, mostly because winning a Mirror Ball trophy might calm Maks down. I really, really don’t want Mark Ballas to win a third time with another young and/or athletic woman.

Speaking of Maks, though, are you watching his “journey” as the Ukrainian Bachelor? I think they have him down to the final three or four at this point.

I have no idea what anyone is saying, but occasionally people provide commentary below the videos.

I read somewhere that Maks chooses Sasha (who kind of looks like a brunette Vienna Girardi, to me) but they aren’t together anymore. Who knows if that’s true. I couldn’t even pinpoint the place where I read it, but it was somewhere in the YouTube comments.

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