WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 —According to several websites, Sean Lowe of “The Bachelor” has already chosen the recipient of his long-term affections. And the winner is (drum roll): Catherine Giudici! This news isn’t exactly worthy of a spoiler alert because, apparently, everyone on the Internet is in agreement on this.
If you Google “who wins The Bachelor 2013,” no less than 60 million results pop up. Granted, most of the 60 million are ancillary results that have little to do with naming the actual winner. But there are literally dozens of websites that do name Giudici as the winner of the final rose.
With that in mind the real question is, who cares? It’s not as if the previous winners have moved on to the bliss and a life of happily ever after. In all 17 of its seasons “The Bachelor” has resulted in just one couple that is still together. The show isn’t exactly blazing a new trail for ways to find a lasting love.
“The Bachelor” is just one of many competitive reality shows that sell drama and nothing else. Any semblance to reality is surrendered the second the contestants agree to let the world watch as they bare their souls and trade their psyches for the standard, paltry 15 minutes of fame. Let them whine and cry and posture all they want because that’s why people watch.
Apparently, there’s nothing better than observing, at a distance, someone else’s train wreck of a life in order to take one’s mind off one’s own problems, even if it’s just for a couple hours. This is what passes for entertainment these days.
Personally, I take great comfort in the fact that last Monday Fox won the nightly ratings battle with its more cerebral lineup of “Bones” and “The Following.” Both shows are nothing like a reality show, and because of this, they’re worthy of a closer look.
At ten p.m., there is no real choice to be made. If you watch TV to feel a little better about life in general, “Inside Combat Rescue” on Nat-Geo is the best pick by far. Also, for reality show addicts, there is nothing on TV more real than watching average Americans rise to perform extraordinarily brave acts of courage and compassion.
The ultimate prize on “Inside Combat Rescue” is a life saved. That’s something a tad more substantial than a rose that will wilt and a romance that’s likely doomed to fail.
All times are EST:
ABC: The Bachelor: (New) The final two women meet Sean’s family; a confused Sean decides whether he wants to spend his life with Catherine or Lindsay.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Lily and Marshall have trouble finding a nanny for Marvin and learn that it is due to an elaborate scheme Barney invented to meet women. Meanwhile, Robin and Ted argue over who is in a more serious relationship.
FOX: Bones: (Repeat) The team tries to clear Brennan of a crime she did not commit.
NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) The contestants prepare for their final weigh-in on the ranch, where they’ll do battle with not one but two elimination lines.
CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) When Dorrit (Stefania Owen) goes missing under Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) watch, Carrie lashes out at Sebastian (Austin Butler), the one person who can help her find Dorrit. Mouse (Ellen Wong) butts heads with West (guest star RJ Brown), a popular jock who, much to her chagrin, stole her spot as number one in the class.
CBS: Rules of Engagement: (New) Jeff thinks Audrey is trying to turn their unborn baby against him; Russell plagiarizes a real-estate article that Timmy wrote.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline try to raise money to rent a storefront for their cupcake business.
FOX: The Following: (New) A follower from the past meets up with Joe Carroll, with life-threatening results.
CW: 90210: (New) Naomi meets up-and-coming mogul Jordan Welland (guest star Robbie Jones), who hires her to plan events for his media empire, while Annie, Adrianna and Silver plan a girls’ night out for Naomi, which ends with disastrous results.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) Newlyweds Mike and Molly decide that the time is right for them to have a baby.
ABC: The Bachelor: After the Final Rose: (New) Catherine and Lindsay join Sean to discuss his decision; the new bachelorette is revealed.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) The death of a polo player who literally loses his head is investigated. Meanwhile, McGarrett’s mother pays him an unexpected visit.
NBC: Deception: (New) Wyatt roams free; Edward turns himself in, and Julian joins Will’s team just as Joanna is fired!
New episodes of:
Continuum at 8 p.m. on Syfy
Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout at 8 p.m. on NGC
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Fast ‘N Loud: Revved Up at 8 p.m. on DSC
Fast ‘N Loud at 9 p.m. on DSC
Alaska State Troopers at 9 p.m. on NGC
Being Human at 9 p.m. on Syfy
American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Dallas at 9 p.m. on TNT
Bizarre Foods America at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
LA Shrinks at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Top Gear at 9 p.m. on BBC
Love it or List it at 9 p.m. on HGTV
The Devil’s Ride at 10 p.m. on DSC
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
Teen Mom 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV
Inside Combat Rescue at 10 p.m. on NGC
Monday Mornings at 10 p.m. on TNT
Hotel Impossible at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
Lizard Lick Towing at 10 p.m. on truTV
For movie lovers:
The Breakfast Club on AMC
Hindenburg: The Last Flight on ENC
The Deer Hunter on FLIX
Hitman on FMC
The Perfect Storm on IFC
Mrs. Miniver on TCM
When in Rome on ABCFAM
The Rite on HBO
Girls on HBO
Something Borrowed on MOMAX
The Lucky One at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
Out of Africa at 9:40 p.m. on ENC
Final Destination 5 at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Sixteen Candles at 10:16 p.m. on AMC
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