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Charity Lawson is Named the New ‘Bachelorette’

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During Tuesday’s episode of The Bachelor’s “Women Tell All”, not only did some of the eliminated contestants get their day in the sun, by telling their sides of their stories, but the show promised ‘something that has never been done’ before the two-hours came to an end.

After host Jesse Palmer signs off, and all the women exit the stage, instead of going to the end credits or a commercial break, the cameras stay on.

We next see Palmer tell the cameras, they are about to change one woman’s life, as they next knock on door to reveal it’s Charity Lawson’s dressing room.

Lawson thinks she is being filmed because she is answering some questions from Palmer for the series social media account. However, when Palmer asks her during a game of “This or That”, which she would choose, “The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise“, she picks, The Bachelorette as her answer.  That’s when Jesse delivers the news to Charity: “I’m glad you said that, because Charity, I want you to be our next Bachelorette.”   It was odd that the producers chose to say it was Palmer that wanted Lawson to be the next lead in the series, as one must know, it would never be his final decision.

Lawson exclaimed, “No way. No way! Is this for real right now?”  Next, she tries to hold back a few tears, and then calls her mom with the news. However, Charity’s mom thinks something must be wrong. “Nothing’s wrong!” Charity assures her.

The Georgia native goes on to tell her mom, she has some “great news”, that she has been named the new ‘Bachelorette’ for season 20 of the reality-dating competition.  We then fade out and the episode ends.

Now, if you been watching this season of The Bachelor, you know that Charity made it to the final four hometowns, but was eliminated by Zach Shallcross on Monday’s nights episode, which set up the perfect timing for her to be announced the new lead of the show come this summer.

Many in ‘Bachelor Nation’ believed that if Charity didn’t receive the final rose from Zach, she would be the the top choice for the upcoming 20th edition of the series.

So, what do you think of Charity being named the new lead for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette? Comment below.


ABC TV Group Chief Craig Erwich Weighs-in on ‘The Golden Bachelor’s’ Future After Gerry Turner & Teresa Nist’s Marriage Fell Apart in 3 Months

Following the highly-successful first season of The Golden Bachelor which looked at seniors looking to find love later in life, and its also highly-rated The Golden Wedding, ABC TV Group President Craig Erwich spoke on its future.

However, just as The Golden Bachelor’s adage and theme was riding a high following the on-screen nuptials of Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, it would soon turn south. The couple announced just three months after the “I do’s” that they were getting a divorce.

Speaking with Deadline, when Erwich was put to the test of what that means for the franchise going forward he expressed,  “I think Golden Bachelor is a show that’s about finding love at a later age. It’s incredibly root-able, it’s aspirational, and that franchise and those values extend to a lot of different people and a lot of different stories. So we’re very dedicated to this franchise.”

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While no second season of The Golden Bachelor has been announced, it appears that episodes might be longer after ABC unveiled its new fall schedule featuring the 90-minute Golden Bachelorette to air on Wednesdays from 8-9:30pm ET.

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“The first Golden Bachelorette has an incredible story,” shared Erwich, “and although we were thrilled with the results, last year we felt that there were still story elements, characters and aspects of the show that 90 minutes can really capture the full essence of.”

What do you think of ABC’s commitment to the ‘The Golden Bachelor’ franchise? Do you think you will be invested in another look at love later in life, knowing Gerry and Theresa called it quits three-months after their TV wedding? Comment below.

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ABC Renews ‘American Idol’ for Season 8 and ‘The Bachelor’ for Season 29

While Katy Perry is exiting her gig at the judges table on American Idol at the end of this season, that will not stop the show from continuing on. The popular reality-singing competition had been renewed for its 8th season on ABC and its 23rd season overall.

American Idol started on Fox and was given new life at ABC seven years ago. The announcement of the renewal comes ahead of its Season 22 finale set to air on Sunday, May 19th.

As for Perry, she revealed back in February that she is stepping away from the show to pursue other career interests. The show is actively looking for the right chemistry and person to sit alongside judges and music superstars, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, who will be back next season, as will longtime host, Ryan Seacrest.

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In other renewals, The Bachelor will be back following Joey Graziadei’s ratings winner of a season. The reality-dating competition will serve up its 29th season.

There is no premiere date set, but as has been in the past, the series usually premieres in January of the new year. While ‘Bachelor Nation’ will need to await, just who will be the next ‘Bachelor’, that person will most likely be selected from Jen Tran’s season of The Bachelorette, which is currently in production.

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Jen’s journey to find love as the lead in The Bachelorette, marks that shows 19th season. It’s set to premiere this summer on July 8th and will again be hosted by Jesse Palmer.

Glad to hear “Idol” is coming back? Who should replace Katy Perry? Are you over ‘The Bachelor’ or did the last season featuring Joey as the lead, reinvigorate your interest in the show? Comment below.

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‘The Golden Bachelor’s’ Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist to Divorce Three Months After TV Wedding

Well, that’s that! Three months after their highly-viewed televised wedding, the inaugural Golden Bachelor, Gerry Turner and contestant-turned-bride, Theresa Nist have called it quits. Appearing on Good Morning America on Friday, the two revealed their split.

Turner shared: “Theresa and I have had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we’ve looked closely at our situation, our living situation, so forth and we’ve kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it’s probably time for us to dissolve our marriage.”

Nist clarified: “We have received so much love and support from so many people who watched The Golden Bachelor, and I don’t think we can tell you how many people told us that it gave them so much hope. We want none of that to change for anybody.”

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The couple kept under wraps exactly what caused the decision for them to part ways. However, Turner expressed, “I think we just feel like it’s best for the happiness of each of us to, to live apart.”

Gerry and Theresa said they would return the wedding rings that ABC purchased for them to use in the show. “I think that’s the rule,” cited Nist. Turner took a positive approach in an attempt to temper how bad the optics will be, expressing,”But, you know what? We don’t have to give back the memories.”

In addition, the two revealed that they did have a pre-nup in place at the time of their wedding. Now, ABC has a bit of clean-up to do as The Golden Bachelor was a ratings success for the network, and so too was The Golden Wedding special.

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With the theme that seniors can fall in love and find happiness with someone later in life, this is an awkward ending.  In fact, The Golden Wedding reached 7.13M viewers across linear and streaming platforms so clearly it had the audience rooting for Gerry and Theresa.

GMA’s Juju Chang, who conducted the interview, shared at the end of her taped segment that the dissolution of Gerry and Theresa’s relationship is a “head-scratcher.” Check it out below.  More of the interview will be shared tonight on ABC’s Nightline.

Then let us know, what you think about Gerry and Theresa divorcing? What does it say about reality-dating competitions at any age? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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