Second edition of ABC's 'The Bachelorette' to premiere January 14
By Reality TV World staff, 11/17/2003
ABC has announced that the second installment of The Bachelorette, the romance reality series which turns the tables on the traditional dating rituals by giving one woman the chance to meet twenty-five handsome, successful men, will premiere on Wednesday, January 14 at 9PM ET.
In making the announcement, ABC did not release the identity of the woman who will star on the program, generating media speculation that the show will feature the bachelorette finalist that Bob Guiney, the bachelor starring in the current edition of the network's The Bachelor series, fails to select during the program's upcoming November 19 series finale. Californian mortgage broker Estella Gardinier, 28, and Illinois native Kelly Jo Kuharski, a 24-year old marketing analyst, are the two remaining women competing to be Guiney's final selection.
In the inaugural edition of The Bachelorette broadcast in Early 2003, series star Trista Rehn met the love of her life, fireman Ryan Sutter. The couple will marry this coming December in a ceremony that will be broadcast by ABC.
Following the Wednesday, January 14 9PM ET premiere of The Bachelorette, ABC will also premiere the fourth edition of its The Mole reality series, entitled Celebrity Mole Yucatan, at 10PM ET. The pairing should feel familiar to viewers, as the network broadcast the last editions of both programs in the same Wednesdays 9-11 PM ET programming block during Early 2003. The combination proved to be a ratings winner, with Celebrity Mole Hawaii delivering the best audience retention of any program airing in the post-Bachelor or Bachelorette timeslot and both programs being among the top-rated ABC programs of the 2002-2003 television season, and the network is no doubt hoping for a similar performance this season.
The Bachelorette is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions for ABC. Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) is executive producer. Lisa Levenson, Scott Jeffress and Jason Carbone are co-executive producers.