Good news! Bachelor Pad Season 3 has a premiere date! Whoop!
But it’s not until July 23. Womp. So where will we get our weekly dose of Bachelor-flavored hot mess until then?
Enter: VH1’s Couples Therapy. It has all the relationship drama of BP and none of the competition — in other words, served up straight, no chaser — and two of the franchise’s most controversial contestant are featured in the head-to-head action: Kasey Kahl and Vienna Girardi.
Kasey and Vienna famously came into the BP2 house last year with extreme confidence that they could win as a couple (first task: eliminate Jake Pavelka), but that plan eventually unraveled as the cracks in their relationship grew more prominent. They’ve since broken up, but the two just couldn’t stay away from each other the cameras, agreeing to sign on (as exes) to a reality show where their fighting, accusations, and insecurities would be better appreciated. (Bet you wished you’d thought of that, Bachelor producers!)
The show just aired its third episode (out of eight total) this week — but it’s not too late to get on this mesmerizing bandwagon — and here are 3 reasons you should:
1. Hot mess, diversified: Yup, it’s not just Kasey and Vienna airing out their dirty laundry for the cameras. You’ve got: Jersey Shore’s (former) resident hothead Angela Pivarnick and her boyfriend; troubled rapper DMX and his wife; 50-something Linda Hogan and her 20-something lover; and same-sex couple Reichen Lehmkuhl and his hot model man.
2. Men cry: Which would be a refreshing change from two months of watching women cry on The Bachelor.
3. Five couples, five counselors. It’s like having five Chris Harrisons in one show!
4. OK, so it’s sorta serious. According to the VH1 site, the show looks to “shed light on the... complicated and often misunderstood world of high-profile relationships.” So if you plan on vying for (and winning!) the next Bachelor or Bachelorette’s heart, consider this a sort of... preventative care for your guaranteed-to-be scrutinized relationship.
5. Because it won’t get messy on Bachelorette Season 8. What are the chances that Emily Maynard’s season will have all the tonguing down and in-house fighting seen on Ben Flajnik’s season? Probably very low. Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited for an actual love story to be the center of attention come this May — so all the more reason to get our dysfunctional mud-slinging fix now!