Two dozen desperate women get dumped in front of a national audience in ABC’s “The Bachelor.” But at least they’re not the one left standing — that victim will have to endure countless comparisons to Darva Conger for the rest of her life as the Other One Who Found Love on a Bad Show. It won’t last, and neither should this, a reality series that comes late to the party and just won’t leave. Nothing says romance like throwing yourself at a Harvard grad just because the cameras are on. Please.
The eligible hunk is Alex Michel, the ultimate dream date who, as he says, has already accomplished most of his goals (at 31?) but just wants that one special person with whom to share everything. What better place to find that than on TV, where 25 reasonably normal women will, over six weeks, be whittled down to one lucky lady?
The “candidates” (even that sounds sleazy) are varied, from graduate students to doctors to NBA dancers; there’s even a Hooters girl. After meeting via limo at a palatial Malibu estate, the dolled-up gals are supposed to strut, pose and nervously laugh their way into Alex’s heart. It’s a prehistoric ritual made “right” by putting everyone in attractive evening wear and lighting candles.
At the end of episode one, the beauties line up to either pass or fail; Alex hands out 15 roses to the women who have made it to the next round. How romantic. On a show rife with embarrassing moments, most bizarre one comes after hour one, when girls are already crying since they didn’t get picked. Life is so unfair when you can’t meet your mate in 60 minutes.
Besides being insulting to any woman who may not look like a runway model, “The Bachelor,” hosted by Chris Harrison, is just plain boring. Show supposedly takes the high road from more sexed-up fare like “Temptation Island,” but the result is that ABC has promo’d the show with quick cuts of babes in bathing suits and bedside make-out sessions. It’s as if the network bankrolled a brothel and positioned cameras to catch the action.
There are no outstanding tech credits to note, only beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.