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Should The Bachelorette Have Filmed the Reaction to Eric's Death? Show Stands by Decision

Andi Dorfman, Eric

There's no handbook for how to proceed when a reality show contestant passes away and there certainly hasn't been much precedence for how to handle it if it happens while the show is still filming. When Eric Hill tragically died shortly after his exit from The Bachelorette, it wasn't a question if it would be addressed, but producers were faced with whether or not they should film and subsequently broadcast the remaining cast learning of the horrific accident.

The Bachelorette host on Eric's final episode: It's hard to know the right thing to do

On Monday's episode, following Andi's hometown dates with MarcusJoshNick and Chris, host Chris Harrison sat the five down in his living room to explain what had happened. Viewers watched as the group was given the shocking news and as Andi broke down remembering her last conversation with Eric. Eventually, the episode turned to a one-on-one with Andi, followed by a melancholy rose ceremony in which Andi again wondered how to celebrate the next phase of her journey amidst such tragedy.

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MTV Orders Singing Competition Copycat

Mike Fleiss

MTV is partnering with the executive producer behind The Bachelor to get back into the singing competition space. But here's the twist: Contestants on the new series Copycat will have to emulate their favorite singers.

The network has given a series production order to Copycat, a daily half-hour show where performers will battle each other as they impersonate the sound of popular recording artists. The studio audience will vote on every performance, with the winner taking home a cash prize and the title of "Ultimate Copycat."

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The Bachelor Star Gia Allemand Dies at 29

Gia Allemand

Former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star Gia Allemand has died, TVGuide.com has confirmed. She was 29.

Allemand died on Wednesday following an apparent suicide attempt on Monday. Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, she was taken off... read more

Exit Interview: Reality Guru Mike Darnell Recounts His Most Notorious Shows

Mike Darnell

As the president of alternative programming at Fox, Mike Darnell developed a well-earned reputation as a showman with a wicked mind. "I usually like to take a pitch and twist it into something more evil or more dangerous," says Darnell, who was once called "Fox's Point Man For Perversity" by the New York Times.

Darnell, the man behind some of the most notorious reality series and specials on television over the past two decades, left Fox at the end of July. He's now moving on to Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative TV.

It's the end of an era for Fox, which meets reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday without Darnell for the first time in decades. Network execs are still mulling Darnell's replacement. (Among names that have been rumored for the job: National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle and president Howard T. Owens; Sharon Levy, Spike TV's executive vice president of original series; and Nigel Lythgoe Productions president Kary McHoul; among others).

American Idol was easily the biggest hit on Darnell's watch, but we all know the ins and outs of that show. Now that he's exiting Fox, we asked Darnell to recount the rest of his greatest reality hits — and misses.

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The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss, Chris Harrison Debut New Dating App

Chris Harrison

The people behind The Bachelor are taking matchmaking one step further by introducing a new dating app called At First Sight.

"[Bachelor creator] Mike Fleiss and I have always talked about creating a dating website because over the years thousands of people have come up to me asking questions," host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "Not everyone can be on The Bachelorette and Bachelor, so we wanted to do something for the masses. We've taken what we've learned from the show over the last 11 years and... the best parts of social media and have put them all together."

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Bachelor Pad Is "Not Happening This Summer"

Bachelor Pad

Mike Fleiss, the creator and producer of The Bachelor and all of its offshoots, said Bachelor Pad will not be airing on ABC this summer.

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The Bachelorette's Chris Harrison: Next Week's Decision Is Not As Easy As People Think

Emily Maynard and Chris

On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Emily got not one, but two "I love you's." But just as the remaining men are falling hard, so is Emily — and it only gets tougher.

"We get to the end of hometowns and she realizes, 'Oh, crap. I can't be falling in love with four people when time is running out,'" host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com.

Keep reading for more from Harrison about Emily's split decision, Chris' meltdown and Sean's bold (and very hot) move. (For Harrison's thoughts on Arie's past relationship with a producer click here.)

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Bachelor Producers: Discrimination Lawsuit Is "Without Merit"

Kelly Stables

Producers for ABC's The Bachelor say the discrimination lawsuit against the series is "baseless and without merit," EW reports.
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The Bachelor Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The Bachelor, Ben Flajnik

Two African-American men are planning to sue the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for racial discrimination, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

VIDEO: Ben's "exes" count down the top five moments from The Bachelor

Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday morning in federal court against ABC, production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and executive producer Mike Fleiss. The men have also scheduled a press conference to speak about the suit, their lawyers said.

In the suit, Claybrooks, a linebacker on the Nashville Storm, and ...
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CW Pulls H8R From Schedule

Mario Lopez, H8R

The H8R-ade is over after just four episodes. The CW has pulled the rookie reality show off its schedule.

The show, hosted by Mario Lopez and executive produced by... read more

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