ABC Orders Bachelor in Paradise After-Show (They Cancelled Selfie for This?!)

In what might very well be a naked ploy to court advertisers from the condoms and antibiotics sectors, ABC is giving an after-show to Bachelor in Paradise (AKA Reality-Show Rejects and Their Indiscriminate/Horrifying Hookups).

No, this isn’t some kind of Spice Channel-esque wahh-chicka-wahh-wahh situation. Rather, After Paradise is being advertised as a live, one-hour chat show in which Bachelor/Bachelorette emcee Chris Harrison and author Jenny Mollen “will take questions and comments from viewers, and will also debut deleted scenes and outtakes,” according to EW.com, which broke the news.

We can only hope that rejected contestants will appear via Skype to discuss their “journeys” and “feelings” — and which of their rivals “weren’t there for the right reasons.”

Season 1 of Bachelor in Paradise, which irrevocably besmirched the romantic nature of the surfside makeout session championed by the 1953 cinema classic From Here to Eternity, found “fan favorite” evictees from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette plunked into a resort setting with copious booze and little clothing. The musical-chairs-esque approach to dating — with a weekly mismatch of male and female fameosexuals — meant that individuals left single at the end of any given episode were banished to a life of spinsterhood from any further on-screen time. In other words, it’s a “Hook up or go home!” playbook.

After Paradise, from the producers of Watch What Happens Live, will premiere Monday, Aug. 3 at 9/8c (leading out of the back half of the mothership’s two-night premiere).

Excited about After Paradise? Disgusted? Utterly at a loss for what this says about humanity? Sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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24 Comments
  1. ktbanks says:

    To answer your question, I’m both disgusted and excited about this. Reading hilarious tweets is pretty much what makes watching BIP fun, so bringing that side to light could be pretty hilarious. We’re all going to judge–might as well do it out in the open on TV. Lol.

    Side note: Thank you, Slezak, for reminding me how great the word “besmirched” is. Haha.

  2. best article title of 2015

  3. Mandie says:

    I could practically feel my brain cells dying reading this [and it had nothing to do with the author of this article].

  4. Maria says:

    whoooosh…did you hear it? It’s the sound of brain cells being sucked out of the ABC programming department. Oh look…there goes another one…

  5. IMHO says:

    UnReal on Lifetime is better than all the “Bachelor” shows.
    It is the ONLY one I’ll watch.

    • BrightLight says:

      Agreed. IF The Bachelor had ever been as interesting as UnReal, I’d probably still watch it. I think I stopped watching after Season 2. Why I stuck around that long, I’ll never know.

      • wrstlgirl says:

        I watch Bach and Bachette for the most part because I laugh my a** off. But it’s not “must see” TV. If I miss and ep I don’t care. But I love UnReal tons :-)

        • Lil says:

          I’m with you on this. I watch strictly for the laughs. I think BIP will be even more hysterical in its stupidity. Might not even watch.

    • c-mo says:

      ITA! I couldn’t last 5 mins into the very first Bachelor but I LOVE UnReal, it is definitely must-see!

  6. Fred says:

    Michael, Mondays at 10? Isn’t that the Whispers timeslot…?? Where are they sending it to?

  7. brandy says:

    I hate myself for it, but I CANNOT WAIT.

  8. Lauren says:

    My poor husband. I guess I will owe him another hour of watching people living in the woods in Alaska. We all have our vices.

  9. iHeart says:

    seriously, next season you are going to forget about Selfie and end up whining and moaning about another show that you liked getting canned for a lesser effort

  10. PRW says:

    Bring back The Mole!

  11. Boiler says:

    People REALLY need to stop watching this crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Carl says:

    I think it will be as entertaining as Selfie–that is, not at all.

  13. julia says:

    I’m still very upset over Selfie…don’t remind me

  14. Natalie says:

    Joe is an arrogant guy who cares for nothing about his ego !!! So rude