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June 19, 2013

‘The Couch Potato’: I hate to say it, but it’s hard not to like ‘The Bachelorette’

NEW CASTLE — On most nights in the Couch Potato household, Mr. Couch Potato controls the remote from high atop his brown suede throne.

Oh sure, the two little French Fries running around may get to watch “Doc McStuffins” or “The Mickey Mouse Club” before bed, but then it’s back to the DVR for “The Daily Show,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or maybe an old classic like “Seinfeld.”

Mrs. Couch Potato does not appreciate these classic comedies and often falls asleep in the most appropriate of places for this blog, the COUCH!

On the off chance she does control the remote for the evening, heaven only knows what we’ll end up watching. Will it be “House Hunters International,” “Kitchen Crashers” or maybe her absolute favorite, the news? When that flips on, our 2-year-old French Fry always says the same thing: “Mommy’s watchin’ the news again, Daddy!” in his most disgusted tone. Me and the other French Fry can only nod in agreement.

Lately though, after the French Fries have gone to bed, Mrs. Couch Potato has been opting for a summer reality TV classic, “The Bachelorette” on ABC. If you’ve never watched, it is basically a romantic version of “Survivor” as 20 or so eligible men compete for the love of one woman, the Bachelorette.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can be a sucker for reality TV competitions. I’ll never forget my college days when me and most of my friends gathered around the television every Thursday night to watch season 2 of “The Bachelor.” Yes, that’s right, 10 college males were devoted fans of “The Bachelor.”

We actually had two camps as we watched, with about five people rooting for the southern belle and blonde-haired beauty Brooke, while the rest of us cheered on the cold and icy brunette, Helene. We knew the whole season would come down to those two and we were right. I was in the Helene camp and remember being emotionally devastated when Brooke beat out Helene for the proposal.

Well that was a long time ago and the Couch Potato was young and naive and thought love could be found on a television show. Surely though, after all of these years, he’d wise up, right?

Well, Mrs. Couch Potato roped me back in with the “The Bachelor” season that wrapped up this spring and kept the hook in this summer with the spinoff, “The Bachelorette.” The premise of these seasons is the same as it was when I was in college so nothing has really changed. As much as your head tells you that these people will never make it in real life, it’s hard not to root for your favorites to win.

This time, I rooted hard for substitute teacher Lindsay to steal the heart of bachelor Sean, only to see her fall to the evil Catherine, who was in it for all of the wrong reasons. Poor Lindsay was sent home with a broken heart, while Catherine and Sean rubbed it in by announcing that their wedding would be televised for the whole world. 

As I always say, there is no better way to begin your married life than by allowing the entire world to watch your wedding. Actually, I’ve never said that, nor has anyone else, but it’s gotta be true.

This summer, the fourth place finisher on “The Bachelor,” Desi, is trying to find the right man as the new Bachelorette. From the looks of the first few episodes, she’s in for a long road. The men on this season bicker and gossip more than a bunch of 12-year-old girls. 

I haven’t found anyone worth rooting for this season and that makes the show a little bit harder to watch. But if you’re bored on Monday nights this summer, check out “The Bachelorette” at 9 p.m. on ABC.

If nothing else, let go of your control over the remote for at least one night and use it as a chance to snuggle up with your Mrs. Couch Potato.

 

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