January 4th, 2010
11:33 AM ET
On January 4, my wife and I will resume a tradition that dates back to when we first met nearly five years ago.
We will be watching the new season of "The Bachelor" in its entirety.
I'm no fan of most "reality" programs, but there's something about "The Bachelor" and its sister show "The Bachelorette" that makes me want to tune in. These shows are the equivalent of standing at the side of the road, waiting until the next five-car accident takes place. And on "The Bachelor," these wrecks happen early and often.
This year's "Bachelor" is a pilot named Jake Pavelka. We last saw Jake this past summer on "The Bachelorette," where he was rejected by Jillian Harris, who in turn had been rejected by Jason Resnick, who had been rejected by DeAnna Pappas, who had been rejected by Brad Womack (and no doubt one of those rejected by Jake this time around will pop up this summer as the new "Bachelorette").
Jake has promised to anyone who is listening that this season will be dramatic. And early promos for the show are promising just that, including a clip (since removed from the ABC Web site) suggesting that one of the 25 contestants is having an affair with "somebody else" inside the house.
So I'll be watching "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" each and every week. And not only will I be waiting for the obligatory Jeffrey Osborne cameo, I'll be posting episode reviews the morning after each show on the Marquee Blog.
I also promise to watch each and every episode in its entirety. Sure, there will be temptation on Monday from the Fiesta Bowl, a first-run "Heroes" and the return of Bret "Hitman" Hart to "WWE Monday Night Raw" after more than a decade, but a promise is a promise. Besides, that's what commercial breaks are for.
So are you excited about the next "Bachelor" to premiere? And what will you be watching Monday night?
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