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The Bachelor

Is The Bachelor Scripted?

Sometimes, the fairytale romances (and the major drama) that play out on The Bachelor seem a little too good to be true. Could it be that these “reality” shows aren’t so real? Does The Bachelor have a script? The answer may surprise you.

Producer Mike Fleiss has admitted in the past that he has cast people more for how they will fit into a villain or hero role after editing than for their suitability for that season’s Bachelor or Bachelorette. In a story for ABC’s 20/20, Mike said, “We need our fair share of villains every season. And now we’re very careful in our casting…to develop characters that the audience is going to root for and root against.”

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This isn’t an uncommon practice, though. Casting “characters” is about as old as reality television itself. And it makes sense to us. After all, who would watch a show about 25 girls who all get along perfectly, sitting around braiding each other’s hair and refusing to fight over a man? Snoozeville!

And let’s not forget that the participants on the show spend two months away from family, jobs, and all other obligations, which isn’t exactly a lifelike setting. In that respect, the show is definitely a departure from reality.!

But as for contestants literally being handed scripts and carrying out relationships with no basis in reality, that’s definitely a bridge too far. We need only point at the wedding of Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum to back us up here. Their relationship may have been born out of some unreal circumstances, but watching them tie the knot, we can’t see anything fake about the love they have for each other.

Source: ABC, Wikipedia

12.21.2012 / 04:43 AM EDT by Amber Garrett
Related: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette

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