Former “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Melissa Rycroft gets set to co-host “Bachelor Pad,” the exciting new competitive reality series from the producers of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Rycroft will host alongside Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”) when the series premieres Monday, August 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.
“Bachelor Pad” reunites 19 of the most unforgettable suitors from the hit franchise “The Bachelor.” The series, which marks the first “all-star” reunion from previous seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” will feature the contestants living together while competing against each other in a series of challenges. At stake is $250,000 and maybe a second chance at finding love.
Executive producers of “Bachelor Pad” are Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Jay Bienstock. The series is from Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
In a special Monday night event, the new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will be announced by “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron in interstitials airing throughout the highly anticipated dramatic two-hour finale of the popular romance reality series, “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” on MONDAY, MARCH 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Immediately following each cast member’s unveiling during primetime, ABC.com will post the updated list online.
The Spring 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). In week two, all of the couples will return to dance once again, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The team with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for both performances will be eliminated from the competition on the first results show, TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” which features some of the most renowned dancers and choreographers of our time, will also be back on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.”
Viewers may cast their votes via phone and online at www.abc.com. AT&T subscribers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply).
Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, the first “Bachelor” couple to ever walk down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding on “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding,” MONDAY, MARCH 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The couple, who announced their engagement in October, will let viewers in on all the exciting festivities – from Molly’s dress fitting for her dazzling custom-made gown to Jason and Molly planning the big day with their wedding planner and event designer. Then it’s on to their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the next stage of their romantic journey with a beautiful wedding ceremony in the perfect location.
Past “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” couples, stars and participants (to be announced at a later date) will be on the guest list to help the couple celebrate, along with their families and friends.
Jason and Molly have had a rocky road on their way to happily ever after, which makes this momentous event that much sweeter for them. Jason’s journey goes back more than a year, when he was one of the final two bachelors on DeAnna Pappas’ edition of “The Bachelorette.” Although ultimately rejected by DeAnna, he was the overwhelming fan favorite and the first ever single dad on “The Bachelor” to try his luck at finding love again. He proposed to Melissa Rycroft in the finale, only to find that he had a change of heart. In a heartbreaking and shocking “After the Final Rose” special, he broke up with Melissa – and hoped it was not too late to beg Molly to give him a second chance to win her love. Good thing he took the gamble – despite the intense scrutiny from fans and media, his risk was rewarded. The couple took slow and steady steps to build their relationship, including Molly’s building a bond with Jason’s son, Ty, as they saw their connection develop into a real, lasting union.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.
“The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.
In conjunction with the premiere of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” ABC.com will launch an all-new interactive Rose Ceremony Game enabling fans of the show to put their matchmaking skills to the test. Viewers can go online each week and make their picks of which bachelorettes will receive a rose from bachelor Jake Pavelka.
Players will earn points for their correct picks and by correctly answering trivia questions about the previous week’s episode. Bonus points will also be awarded to players who correctly predict which bachelorette will get the first rose of the evening, and also if they correctly predict the order in which the roses are handed out.
At the end of the season, the player with highest score will win a grand prize vacation getaway for two to the luxurious Jalousie Plantation on the island of St. Lucia. Additionally, each week’s top scorer will receive a special “Bachelor” gift bag. For rules and more details regarding game play and prizes, go to www.abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor/rose-ceremony-game-rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
Fans of the series will also be able to watch episodes of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” with special expert commentary on ABC.com the day after their broadcast premiere. The premiere episode will feature special commentary from Jillian Harris, star of the most recent season of “The Bachelorette,” and her fiancé, Ed Swiderski. Series host Chris Harrison will provide expert commentary for the second episode of the season. ABC.com’s new expert commentary feature allows viewers of the site’s Full Episode Player an opportunity to experience insights from the stars of ABC’s series and specials, as well as producers, writers, directors, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives, among others.
The site also offers a photo gallery featuring details on this season’s 25 bachelorettes, as well as a variety of short-form clips related to the series.