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How Much 'Bachelor' Is Too Much 'Bachelor'?

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 8th 2010 4:00PM
The recent season finale of 'The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love' drew 15 million viewers, and helped make the season the show's most watched since 2003. Obviously, despite the fact that many fans are still scratching their heads over 'Bachelor' Jake Pavelka's choice of Vienna Girardi to receive his final rose (not to mention an engagement ring), and that the show has so far resulted in just one marriage, 'The Bachelor' is getting much love these days.

But with spin-offs, televised weddings, 'Bachelor' stars on other reality series and now, even a 'Bachelor' video game on the way, are we in the midst of 'Bachelor' overkill?The recent season finale of 'The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love' drew 15 million viewers, and helped make the season the show's most watched since 2003. Obviously, despite the fact that many fans are still scratching their heads over 'Bachelor' Jake Pavelka's choice of Vienna Girardi to receive his final rose (not to mention an engagement ring), and that the show has so far resulted in just one marriage, 'The Bachelor' is getting much love these days.

But with spin-offs, televised weddings, 'Bachelor' stars on other reality series and even a 'Bachelor' video game on the way, are we in the midst of 'Bachelor' overkill?

A rundown of 'Bachelor'-related activity making headlines:

• 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' host Chris Harrison, who also blogged about the 'On the Wings of Love' season at EW.com, was on the red carpet at Sunday night's Oscars, as he, Vivica Fox and 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the TV Guide Network's live coverage of celebrity arrivals.

• Speaking of 'DWTS,' the newly-engaged Pavelka will be the third 'Bachelor' universe star (after Trista Sutter and Melissa Rycroft) to compete on the show, as he's paired with professional partner Chelsie Hightower for the 10th season of 'DWTS,' which premieres March 22 on ABC.

• And speaking of Pavelka, his controversial coupling with Girardi continues to spark scandalous headlines. For weeks, he and his bachelorettes have been US Weekly cover stories, and post-finale, RadarOnline.com has been investigating the claims of a woman who says she's Pavelka's ex and that he tried to reunite with her after asking Girardi to marry him.

• While it remains to be seen how long Jake and Vienna's relationship will last, tonight you can witness the first 'Bachelor' pairing to lead to a wedding when season 13's 'Bachelor,' Jason Mesnick, marries season 13 contestant Molly Malaney on ABC's 'The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding' (8PM ET). Mesnick and Malaney (who was, famously, Mesnick's runner-up pick in the season 13 'Bachelor' finale) were actually married on Feb. 27, but tonight's special will take viewers behind-the-scenes with wedding preparations and the ceremony itself, which will include other 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' alums on the guest list.

• Mesnick himself was also a runner-up, on the fourth season of 'The Bachelorette.' And ABC's got another season of the female spin-off in the works, as 'The Bachelorette' season six will premiere May 24, with Ali Fedotowsky, the contestant who famously ditched Jake Pavelka to return to her job near the end of 'The Bachelor' 14, as the titular lady who'll be looking for love in a mansion full of dudes chosen just for her.

• And about that mansion: yes, even the 'Bachelor' house is getting its own spin-off! The series, to be called 'Bachelor Pad,' will put 20 former 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' stars in a house, where they'll compete in challenges and be eliminated one by one, a la 'Big Brother.' The show will be hosted by -- who else? -- Harrison, and is planned for late summer 2010.

• Finally (for now, anyway), there's the upcoming 'Bachelor' video game. Jason Mesnick is already a married man, but in video game land he'll remain single, as the star of 'The Bachelor: The Video Game,' a Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game for Nintendo Wii and DS that will debut this summer. Nine other stars of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' will be up for grabs in the game, in which players back-stab and sabotage others' dates to get a shot at winning the final rose for themselves. The game will even feature an animated version of host Chris Harrison.

So, with all that 'Bachelor'-osity coming at you, is it enough? Too much? Or should ABC take the property even further? 'Bachelor' vacation packages, with bungee jumping and mud bath activities? A line of 'Bachelorette' party dresses? 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' fragrances (rose-scented, of course)? No wait, we've got it: how about a 'Bachelor' doll, with optional mini roses and Neil Lane diamond rings to accessorize?

Nah, he'd just wreak havoc at the Barbie Dream House ...


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