Fall TV Preview

TVLine Items: Baddies Fill New Bachelor Pad, Dempsey Talks Grey's Fate, and More TV News

ABC’s Bachelor Pad returns with its second season on August 8, and in addition to the buzzy and previoulsy reported reunion of hostile ex-lovahs Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, a few fan-hated Bachelor and Bachelorette villains are getting in on the money-grubbing action.

Michelle Money (from Brad Womack’s Season 15) and “Wrestler” Justin “Rated R” Rego (Ali Fedotowski’s Season 6) are just a few of the attention-seekers taking part in the “for love or money” challenges that the Pad offers, EW.com reports.

Among the other ladies joining the festivities are Gia Allemand (Season 14), Holly Durst (Season 12), Jackie Gordon (Season 15), Ella Nolan (Season 14), Erica Rose (Season 9), and Alli Travis (Season 15). The men include Graham Bunn (Season 4), Kirk Dewindt (Season 6), Kasey Kahl (Season 6), Michael Stagliano (Season 5), and three super-secret rejected fellas from Ashley Hebert’s current season of The Bachelorette.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• As the “Will Patrick Dempsey Stay with Grey’s Anatomy Beyond Next Season?” saga continues, the original cast member is now saying that should Derek and Meredith reconcile, he’d be more inclined to ink a new deal. “I think there’s a lot more room for them to develop as adults instead of being stuck in this adolescent dynamic,” he told TV Guide Magazine. But don’t get too excited, Mer-Der fans, since Dempsey believes “it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to get back together, because she’s really betrayed him on a personal and professional level.”

• Revenge of the Nerds’ Booger may be the one to hand The Closer‘s Brenda her “comeuppance.” In a multi-episode gig during the final season of  the TNT drama, Curtis Armstrong will play a “resourceful” attorney suing the Major Crimes division on behalf of the mother of a slain gang member, says TVGuide.com. As such, he’ll face off against Mark Pellegrino’s legal eagle.

• The fine folks of Salt Lake City, Utah will have a tough time finding The Playboy Club on their TV this fall, now that local NBC affiliate KSL has announced its decision to not carry the sexy crime drama. “Everyone is clear what [the Playboy brand] stands for,” KSL network president Mark Willes said in a statement. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand.”

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  1. TheOtherYvonne says:

    Utah is beautiful, but the LDS majority is crazy. I’ve lived here all of my life, my ancestors were among the first in the religion and the state, but this is b.s. I actually wanted to watch this show, one of the only NBC shows I want to watch especially after Chuck ends. The “Church” as we call it here, shouldn’t be dictating what I watch, viewers need to make the decision. But it’s what we live with here.

    • Jacob says:

      Hulu and NBC.com. Not the end of the world.

      • veronica says:

        The ability to find it online is not the point. The point is that the local affiliate thinks people are too stupid or operate a remote. They’re pretending to take the moral highground, but if they took ten minutes to look at the programming they have aired over the past few years, they’d realize what hypocrites they are. It’s just pathetic and embarrassing. Plus, all they’re doing with this refusal is giving the show a much higher profile and making it seem for more salacious than is even possible on network TV. Congratulations, local affiliate, you’ve just made sure everyone knows about this show. Smart move.

  2. Ken says:

    “hard for them to get back together” hmm. So this could be a long separation for the two.

  3. Amy says:

    I could be worried about Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith and Derek having a tough time getting back together in S8, except that here on your site there was a recent conversation with show creator Shonda Rhimes after the season 7 finale of Grey’s where she said she won’t break MerDer up and basically has them as one of her endgame couples. Shonda’s keeping Meredith and Derek together for good was also echoed by GA executive producer Tony Phelan recently, so I’m not too worried about the outcome of MerDer’s SL. Just hoping both actors agree to stay after S8. Thanks for the update with Patrick Dempsey and his GA comments! :)

  4. Emily says:

    Michele Money was on Brad’s season 15 (the most recent one), not season 12!

  5. Mikaylah says:

    I cannot imagine Shonda Rhimes actually breaking Mer/Der up for good. That seems very unlikely. I wonder if Shonda has indicated that in some way to Patrick Dempsey…

    • Amy says:

      It seems doubtful that Patrick Dempsey even knows the recent comment Shonda Rhimes has made about not breaking MerDer up in S8, merely speculating their (MerDer)’s road back to being solid will be a long journey. Shonda Rhimes and Tony Phelan have already made it clear after the S7 finale, MerDer are currently not broken up (according to Shonda to TV Line for their season finale scorecard) nor are they divorcing. I think he’s speculating, but I am glad he still remains a strong support for the MerDer characters. It’s nice to know he still wants them to work through things in the SL.

    • chip says:

      I think it’s interesting that Patrick Dempsey used the word “adolescent”. The constant break ups really are (not just Mer/Der) tiring. People can and do work through tough issues as adults (even in fictional dramas), and it can be pretty interesting. Maybe SR has never had a mature relationship and/or she is writing for the adolescent demographic – LOL!

  6. Matt says:

    The Playboy Club not being carried? They’d have a fit if they saw what was on HBO or Showtime these days!

    I’m fed up with Merder on Greys, just a dull couple.

  7. Amber says:

    Oh gosh, the KSL thing not airing playboy club is not really worthy of making national news. As another poster said, it’s not the end of the world, all you need is a computer if you feel you really must watch it. I live just outside of Salt Lake, I’m NOT LDS, and I believe KSL has the right to do whatever they want. It’s their station. What tvline failed to mention in this article is the reason KSL has made this choice is because the show conflicts with their campaign “Out in the Light” which is an effort to educate people on the harmful effects of sexually-explicit material and pornography addiction. If they aired the playboy club, that would make them hypocrites. They’re just making a stand for what they believe in, and as a big believer in the power of the boycott, I can respect that.

    I also believe viewers need to make a stand in demanding that broadcast networks deliver good quality television shows, and the only way to do that is to boycott crappy shows. The playboy club looks like its whole plan is to just throw a bunch of naked women on the TV screen and call it good television. That I do not respect, and I don’t believe there’s any way the playboy club can be considered good quality television. That alone I can see from its description as being a “sexy crime drama.” [Vomit.] These days I stick more to watching cable shows than I do to broadcast television. It’s much higher quality.

  8. Steph says:

    That is the church’s right if they own the station. In the past, KSL hasn’t aired SNL or Coupling. If you are upset, I suggest you but the station from the church.

  9. CP says:

    KSL also does not show SNL.

  10. Danielle H. says:

    Patrick’s comments are very interesting. He’s basically calling out Shonda for treating the Mer/Der relationship in a really immature way, and he’s totally right. It’s pathetic to keep splitting them up 4 times a season. Get them together and let’s see them flourish professionally and with their co-workers.

  11. deedeedragons says:

    I think they’re annoyed with The Playboy Club about the subplot that one of the married couple on there that are actually both…..

  12. Drew says:

    The Playboy Club sounds desperate. I’m no prude when it comes to TV. I watch Dexter, Mad Men and a lot of other major shows that aren’t exactly in keeping with high moral standards. The thing is, the shows are actually well written and there is a purpose to the things they do.

    The description of The Playboy Club sounds like they took the popularity of Mad Men, completely misunderstood why it’s popular, and then threw in splashes of sex and mafia ties for added flare in their description. Nothing about it sounds like there’s a plot. It’s just cheap thrill after cheap thrill.

    I agree that the network has a right to not air the show because it conflicts with their standards. It’s their business, they can do what they want with it. But on another level, I just wish that the show hadn’t been picked up in the first place, so one of the more interesting sounding shows could have been given a slot (Precinct 17 sounded good, but apparently it was too complicated for us stupid TV viewers)

    • Marissa says:

      Drew, I would suggest actually watching the show before writing a scathing review about it. I understand that you may not like the premise, but you can’t really say that it’s not well written and is only about cheap thrills if you haven’t seen a single episode. No offense meant, I’m just saying…

      • Drew says:

        Hence me saying “sounds like” about fifty times in my post. If the show really is well written, they have horrible promotion for it thus far.

  13. Caro says:

    Oh, this is getting too ridiculous!!! Mer & Der are NOT BROKEN UP and WHY OH WHY would Shonda Rhimes want to end things with them apart, after all this time?!?!?!?!! If she’d do that, she will for sure lose all the Grey’s fans that are left standing. DEFINITELY!