News Briefs: The Bachelor Is Full of Fail

"AMERICA IS GETTING SMARTER" NEWS

... ABC's The Bachelor sunk to its lowest ratings ever last night, drawing just 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adult demo. This is bad, bad, bad news for one of ABC's flagship franchises. Obviously the problem is Ben Flajnik, who has done the impossible by becoming the most boring person on a show that single-handedly lowers the boring person quota on television in every episode. Ben is more boring than Brad. Ben is more boring than a glass of water. Ben is more boring than taxes. Ben stinks. [EW]


BUSINESS DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

... Rob McElhenny, better known as Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has sold a sitcom to Fox called Living Loaded. It's based on a book of the same name and is about a "loose partying blogger" who becomes a radio host. "Loose partying blogger?" Does Deadline just randomly throw words together and hope they make sense? What does that even mean? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachael Ray has been renewed through 2014 because she's so damned awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]


COMMUNITY NEWS

... Community is still nowhere to be found on NBC's schedule, but that's not stopping the show from making awesome-sounding episodes. The Greendale gang will parody Law & Order when a student sabotages their science project. The episode is titled "Basic Lupine Urology," a cracking jab at Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. Hee hee. Urology. [TV Line]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) will guest-voice on FX's Archer, creating one hell of an awesome thing. He'll play an astronaut on the International Space Station trying to squash a mutiny in the two-part finale. I. Am. So. There. [EW]

... "Rock" band Train will drop by 90210, creating one hell of an unwatchable thing. [EW]

... British actor Paul Bettany has backed out of the lead role in Showtime's forthcoming Masters of Sex, a drama pilot about sexual revolution pioneers Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson. It's unclear why he bowed out. [TV Line]

... 30 Rock has booked Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, and Nick Cannon to guest star. They'll play actors in a fake rom-com movie called Martin Luther King Day. [EW]

... Not-so-famous actress Lindsay Lohan (remember her?) may be taking on the role of famous actress Elizabeth Taylor. She's considering taking the lead in Lifetime's Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story. She'll be perfect to depict Taylor's coked-up, bathroom-sex filled, kleptomaniac days. [EW]


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Jan 12, 2012
"Basic Lupine Urology" - genius once again, Community! Oh man, i can't wait!
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Jan 12, 2012
Oh, Community! Please stop teasing us with all those ideas, and just make us climax already. Did you hear that NBC? Give me 30 minutes alone with Community every week, and I'll be satisfied.



Bryan Cranston on Archer? That news just made my day (together with the news about Community, of course).
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Jan 12, 2012
Rachel Ray can kick rocks right off a cliff. I was done with that bubble head after she made a salad with sausages in it. Who the hell eats a salad with sausages in it? WTF
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Jan 11, 2012
Emma Stone guesting on 30 Rock = A dream.
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Jan 11, 2012
Bryan Cranston... on Archer...?



AWESOME.
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Jan 11, 2012
Could not agree more!
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Jan 11, 2012
I love it that America is so big, you can talk about "just" 7.2 million viewers. The Netherlands only has about 16 million, which means if we got 7.2, almost the entire country is watching ;) Luckily, The Bachelor doesn't air on our tv, which means our brains are safe for now. I do have to confess that we are the country that brought you Big Brother (remember that? I hope not) and The Voice... sorry!
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Jan 11, 2012
That's OK.

We gave the entire world Kim Kardashian and Snooki.

No amount of regret can make up for that.
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Jan 11, 2012
Oh crazy... how right you are. Don't forget about Paris Hilton... actually, I'm wrong, please, forget about her.
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Jan 11, 2012
Dick Wolf..lupine urology! AHH! Community, please come back soon!



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Jan 11, 2012
Oh my God! Is the plague that is Reality TV actually beginning to decline? I don't want to get my hopes up, but The Bachelor's low ratings are a promising sign. Now all we need is for people to stop watching Survivor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, Jersey Shore, The Voice, The X-Factor, and American Idol . . . . Who am I kidding? Reality TV is never going to die.



"In the Community criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The Study Group, who investigate crime, and The Chang, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."



If I wasn't already a huge fan of Archer, Bryan Cranston guest-voicing would definitely make me give it a try.
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Jan 12, 2012
I just read that SyFy has hired/promoted people in its reality programming division, so "no" on its decline. They will just keep trying.
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Jan 11, 2012
I wish reality TV would die. Maybe Pandora's box is open and we are getting to the bottom. I actually refuse to watch any except the game show types. Obviously, cooking shows, I still like Hell's Kitchen, because Gordon Ramsey is funny when he yells and swears at people. And it is kind of a cooking show. And Wipeout is funny. But after that, I can't... Maybe the best we can hope for is that reality TV will be relegated to the summer programming, when I would rather be outside, or watching baseball.
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Jan 11, 2012
Doesn't the entire Bachelor series only have two successes? People may be getting the hint the whole concept is a failure.
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Jan 11, 2012
The whole concept is to get viewers to tune in, so up until now I guess that was a success.
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Jan 11, 2012
- Basic Lupine Urology?? Community cracks me up even when it's not on TV :-D

- I hope Bryan Cranston does the Heisenberg laugh on Archer. Wouldn't that be cool??

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Jan 11, 2012
I caught the end of The Bachelor before Castle started, he was on a date and some cop cars passed but... All I can think was "wow, do they really have dates on some sound studio?" Seriously, these people are "looking for love" (really just want to be on tv) and you're suppose to get to know someone in the fakest surroundings?



I think "loose partying blogger" just means an unemployed junk with an opinion.



I'm sad I don't get the Community joke they're trying to do with Law and Order.



I should try Archer, just haven't got around to it. Heard good things.



lol "rock" band Train.



Masters of Sex doesn't interest me, did I really just say that?



Emma Stone is going to be great on 30 Rock, fits that world.



I have no interest in Lohan or Liz Taylor, but I guess what ever Hollywood thinks people want.
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Jan 11, 2012
Think wolf testicles for the Community thing.
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Jan 11, 2012
*Definitely* try Archer. Really good stuff.
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