Reality shows set to premiere on January 5
ABC has firmed up its winter plans for Monday night, starting with the return of “The Bachelor.”Alphabet net will preem a two-hour edition of “The Bachelor” on Monday, Jan. 5, followed by the launch of “True Beauty” — the formerly untitled reality competish from Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher. The following week, “The Bachelor” will shrink down to its normal 90-minute frame, leaving room for “Samantha Who?” in its regular 9:30 p.m. slot. “True Beauty” continues at 10. “The Bachelor” fills the void left by “Dancing With the Stars,” which returns in the spring. “True Beauty,” meanwhile, takes over for “Boston Legal,” which finishes off its series run later this fall. Next “Bachelor” reps the 13th edition of the romantic reality skein; Jason Mesnick, who was turned down by DeAnna Pappas in the season finale of the last “The Bachelorette,” will star as the new Bachelor. Meanwhile, the Alphabet has kept details of “True Beauty” under wraps. But the show, from Warner Horizon, Bankable Prods. and Katalyst, revolves around people who live in a house together and compete in a beauty pageant.