I’ve never watched the bachelor/ette franchise or really any reality shows, though I did enjoy the first season of a reality show spoof where everybody but one dude was an actor. However, as you may know, I have really gotten into this bachelorette podcast.
From what I gather, at the start you have 25 members of the opposite sex vying for your attention. I don’t think they get to pick the 25 guys, though they do get to send a certain number home each week. Then each episode has two group dates and one one-on-one date. Apparently one of the things bachelor/bachelorettes get to do is to choose kinds of dates to go on. So if they like “manly men” this could include boxing and sumo wrestling and so on.
Watching guys beat each other up doesn’t sound very entertaining to me.
If you had 25 guys (and/or women) vying for your hand, what kinds of dates would you want to go on? Keep in mind you choose group dates as well as individual. There are also competitions and the person who wins the competition doesn’t get eliminated that week.
I would definitely want a cooking contest. (A quick google shows they’ve done this for the Bachelor, but not for the Bachelorette. Sexist.) I might also want something where they have to work at a daycare or after school tutoring or something (not teaching sex ed though, as they did in one season of the Bachelorette). Also maybe a housecleaning contest. And volunteering at an animal shelter. Pretty sure those would make great tv, because hunky guys doing housework and volunteer work is hawt. Hunky men with kittens, no brainer.
Single dates could include the opera or bookstores or cheese tasting… all sorts of other things that are quiet and boring for TV. Hm. Gosh. I’m not sure how I would want to spend one-on-one time with someone that would make for good tv. Oh wait, this is a big tv franchise so I should think big. Like, let’s go to La Scala. Sight-seeing in London. On a food tour of Italy. Bread making in Germany. Hiking in Muir Woods. Behind the scenes at a Hank Green concert.
Also there’s a chance to meet celebrities. So like one time they had a stand-up comedy contest coached by Amy Schumer. So you could, for example, have an erotica writing contest judged by John Scalzi. Or Alton Brown could judge their cooking. Or you could have Adam Savage or Grant Imohara just a rube goldberg contest. Whoever you want to meet.
You can get publicity for your causes.
#1: Maybe we should have our bachelors come up with ways to make the public aware of violence against women
#2: Maybe we should have them come up with a way to STOP it. A true challenge.