ABC's Jen Schefft-led third 'The Bachelorette' edition to premiere January 10
By Reality TV World staff, 11/17/2004
ABC wasn't kidding when it said that it planned to shake things up for the upcoming third edition of The Bachelorette featuring Jen Schefft, the woman who was selected by The Bachelor 3's Andrew Firestone at the conclusion of his series but eventually had her heart broken when the couple split several months later.
In addition to making some major changes to the format of the series, ABC is also moving the series out of the Wednesday evening time period that The Bachelorette and The Bachelor have made their home for the last seven editions -- and back to the same Monday evenings where the franchise first premiered in Spring 2002. The Bachelorette 3 will premiere Monday, January 10 at 9PM ET/PT with a special two-hour broadcast, with subsequent episodes of the series continuing to air weekly in ABC's post-Monday Night Football Mondays at 9PM time period.
As mentioned, The Bachelorette 3 will see some major format changes to the long-running reality dating show, starting with a relocation of the series from the beaches and deserts of Southern California to the streets of New York City. In another first that borrows a page from CBS's Summer 2003 Cupid series, the 28-year-old Chicagoan will participate in the selection of her bachelor suitors. Appearing with casting directors at this past summer's open casting calls, Jen met thousands of men interested in becoming her future husband
"This show found Trista the man of her dreams and now it's my hope to find the one man with whom I can spend the rest of my life," she gushed. "My husband needs to be someone who is down-to-earth yet ambitious. I want us to be able to connect on all levels."
As a result of her participation in the casting process, unlike all previous bachelors and bachelorettes, Jen will seeing nothing but familiar faces when the dating competition begins. "I'll know each of them or have talked to them or have seen them on tape before the show starts," she told Knight Ridder. As for her much-publicized breakup with Andrew, Jen stated, "we were traveling so much for the winery, I got lost in it all." "I like to be settled. When we were living in San Francisco, we weren't there for more than 30 days of the six months we were together. There was a real lifestyle difference."
Jen now says she's looking for someone who's "natural and easy" -- two words probably not frequently associated with her two previous image-conscious reality TV contestant boyfriends. Although given that Jen is once again looking for love among a pool of stereotypically self-centered and self-absorbed wannabe reality TV stars, we're not sure it her odds have improved much.