long), several other shows have tried to carve out their own space in the genre.Touting premises like chaining love interests together and offering contestants the chance to date fake Prince Harry, many of these shows carried promise.“The Bachelor” shrank its season, trotted out new stripes of man candy — a naval officer, a prince, Jerry O’Connell’s brother — and globe-trotted to Paris and Rome, but nothing stuck.It had become something unforgivable in the must-shock world of reality television: It had become boring.Prioritizing personality over looks, covered the faces of the 20 bachelors one lucky woman was to choose from.The masks helped ensure that the bachelorette would make her decision based on internal beauty instead of relying on external attraction, but viewers never got to see who she picked because the show was cancelled after five episodes. Who knew she ventured into the world of romantic reality TV?The season finale, which airs Monday night, finds him choosing between saucy temptress Vienna, a former Hooters waitress and the house’s resident drama-stirrer, and Tenley, a girl so sweet she “farts rainbows,” as one contestant memorably quipped.His is a classic virgin/whore dilemma; or, as ABC commercials put it: Will Jake choose sugar, or will Jake choose spice?
Once a lightning rod for tabloid gossip, parody shows and feminist rage, “The Bachelor” was overshadowed by devious celebreality stunts like VH1’s “Rock of Love” and “Flavor of Love,” which gave audiences all the cleavage and bitchery without the beauty pageant primness and votive candles.But never underestimate the tug of romantic fantasy during one of the worst recessions in modern memory.Last year, “The Bachelor” experienced an unexpected boom, and that was before the shockah of its season finale, in which single dad Jason Mesnick proposed to one woman, only to take it back in the finale (he recently married the runner-up, Molly Malaney).that debuted Wednesday night."Catching Kelce" centers around NFL star Travis Kelce, 27, allegedly looking for love, though probably just searching for more fame.Over eight episodes, Travis (the Kansas City Chiefs tight end who was once fined ,000 for making an obscene gesture during a game) will narrow down a field of 50 women to "the girl of his dreams."Honestly, the show is just as morally questionable as "The Bachelor" or any other reality dating series.In this case, however, it's so absurd that it's pointless for viewers to sigh about how it's contributing to the downfall of TV and/or humanity.