'The Bachelorette' finale to air on Sunday night, be followed by live 'After the Final Rose' special
By Reality TV World staff, 07/03/2012
The Bachelorette is moving to Sunday night for its eighth-season finale broadcast.
ABC will air The Bachelorette's eighth-season two-hour finale on Sunday, July 22 at 8PM ET/PT, Entertainment Weekly reported Monday.
Following the finale, ABC will air the show's traditional After the Final Rose special at 10PM ET/PT. However, unlike other recent The Bachelorette seasons, the special will reportedly air live in an apparent attempt to help keep The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard's finale decision under wraps.
Moving The Bachelorette's finale from its usual Monday night time period will also likely result in ABC damaging the ratings of CBS' premiere of 3, a new reality dating series that will chronicle three women's attempt to find love.
3 is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, July 22 at 9PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode.
ABC and CBS have spent the last few months sparring in court over The Glass House, a new Big Brother-like reality competition CBS has alleged is a direct rip-off of the long-running reality competition.
Last month, a judge declined CBS' request to block the premiere of The Glass House. Shortly afterward, CBS -- in a very atypical move -- released a press release for a fake new Dancing with the Stars rip-off called Dancing on the Stars.
"Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, groundbreaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network," the network said.
"The dazzling new show, Dancing on the Stars, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood's most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen."