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From Melodrama To Legal Drama: “The Bachelor” Franchise and The Lawsuit Surrounding It

By, Clarke Rosenthal

A rose by any other color?

After Ten years, twenty-four seasons, and two spinoffs—The Bachelorette and Bachelor PadThe Bachelor franchise has come to be a reliable standby for ABC, particularly in enabling the network to establish a soapy stranglehold on Monday night television.  Though ratings slipped about 20% from this past spring’s season of The Bachelor in comparison to that of the previous year, the show continues to provide endless tabloid fodder, especially now that controversial single mother, Emily Maynard, is this summer’s Bachelorette.  Aside from the usual fanfare that accompanies every new season of the show, a recent racial discrimination lawsuit has catapulted the franchise even further into the public eye. Read More…

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