Bachelor in Paradise
Summer may be winding down, but Monday nights are just heating up with the premiere of ABC's newest reality show, Bachelor in Paradise.
The latest spin-off from the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, this seven-episode series features past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants living in an isolated, romantic Mexican locale, where they'll take another shot at finding love. The premiere (8/7c) begins with the arrival of eight women and six men, and after a series of dates, each man chooses one woman at the first rose ceremony. But while two ladies leave by the end of the opener, new cast members arrive to shake things up each week.
Meet the cast of Bachelor in Paradise
"With Bachelor Pad, you got caught up in the game, so that's why we tore it apart and retooled it," host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "It became about money, and our show and franchise was never about that. So I think people will love that Bachelor in Paradise is about what makes The Bachelor and The Bachelorette great — only it's not just [one guy or one girl]. It's that times 10, which leads to love triangles, drama and amazing dates. If you love Bachelor or Bachelorette you won't not be addicted to it."
Clare Crawley, Graham Bunn
A new wave of Bachelor and Bachelorette alums are returning to TV for another shot at
Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres August 4 on ABC, features previous contestants sharing a house in an isolated romantic paradise. Unlike Bachelor Pad, known for its drunken debacles, hook-ups, competitions and prize money, this installment is simply about finding love. Check out the cast as it stands now -- three more men from Andi's current season will announce later — be announced —below.
The next season of The Bachelor has just begun filming, so what better time to check in with former castmates to get their thoughts on the newest star, Juan Pablo Galavis.
Bachelor Pad, Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano
It was tough enough being in the Bachelor Pad house with your ex-fiance, but on the taped finale Michael Stagliano learned that Holly Durst and fellow contestant Blake Julian were recently engaged. While host Chris Harrison says that they did their best to be delicate with how Michael — and America — would find out, he's surprised with how Holly handled the situation. Read on for more about what went down, what viewers didn't see and why Harrison "isn't buying what Vienna is selling."
Holly Durst, Michael Stagliano
He should have kept the money. After all, he lost the girl.
Last night, the finale of Bachelor Pad pit exes-turned-teammates Michael and Holly against one another in one last challenge that asked them to individually decide to either share the 250K prize or claim it all for themselves. Normally (or as normal as this hormonal parade can get), we'd expect them to strategize beforehand and agree to go 50/50.
While Erica Rose got eliminated on this week's Bachelor Pad, she didn't go down without a fight — or without trying to get some. Host Chris Harrison weighs in on the "savvy, but underestimated black widow," why he thinks Holly is getting vilified for her love triangle, and how he's shocked by Kasey's name-dropping fight with Vienna. Plus: Get ready for next week's three-hour finale!
Bachelor Pad, Graham and Michelle
On this week's Bachelor Pad, Melissa's emotions finally lead to her dismissal, Blake and Holly continued to develop a romance, Erica tried to massage her way to a new partner and of course, there was a kissing contestant. Host Chris Harrison tells us how the contestants tried to get out of the competition (again) and why he calls Graham and Michelle the mob bosses in the house.
This week's episode of Bachelor Pad showed that while some contestants will do anything for money, some will give up everything for love. Host Chris Harrison talks to TVGuide.com about Ames' grand exit to be with Jackie, his new love who was eliminated at the end of the episode. Plus: Harrison explains a component to the challenge viewers didn't see, how Vienna tried to stage a walkout and why next week's challenge is both the funniest and saddest in Bachelor history.
Why did Bachelor Pad's Graham Bunn pair up with Michelle Money? He swears it wasn't just because she's gorgeous.
"I wasn't going to base any decisions on my attraction level to girls and ultimately it worked out that the girl I was most attracted [to] is someone I could open up to and talk to better than anyone else there," he tells TVGuide.com. "Anybody would be lucky to date her."
Viewers tuning into the Bachelor Pad premiere might've been expecting a Jake and Vienna showdown, but instead the one-time Bachelor gave his ex-fiance the immunity rose. Host Chris Harrison calls the decision the stupidest thing Jake could've ever done. Harrison shares his insight into the move that shook the house up and why Vienna's boyfriend Kasey will prove to be the strongest player this season. Plus: Why does Harrison think Justin "Rated R" would've done well in the game had he not been cut Week 1?