The Bachelor Producers Now Want Us to Watch An Entire Show About Proposals

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From the makers of The Bachelor, a reality show in which single people compete to get married, comes a new show about the extremely sweet and goofy act of proposing to another person—a show called The Proposal.


This summer, you can sit in your air-conditioned apartment, relax, and watch other people get engaged on ABC’s latest televised display of domesticity.

The 10-episode competition show will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Palmer was one of the youngest bachelors to ever appear on The Bachelor back in 2004. The former NFL player has since grown into a mature, pepper-bearded hunk who’s ready to take the reins of his own unnecessarily convoluted love experiment:

Each one-hour episode of The Proposal will follow the male or female daters as they attempt to woo the secret suitor in first impression and beachwear rounds, answer pressing romantic questions, and then strive to receive a seal of approval from the suitor’s most-trusted family member as the final test. After each of those four rounds, the daters who fail to connect are eliminated, until only two are left. The final two will then meet their mystery guy or gal and propose. ABC’s description of the series asks: Will there be a marriage proposal that can’t be refused?

I hope not, because that sounds like coercion! While Palmer was not coerced on his Bachelor season, he and finalist Jessica Bowlin were never engaged and broke up shortly after their season ended. What if it ends up being Palmer who makes the final proposal? Sorry if I’m ruining your twist, ABC, but it still sounds like it’ll be worth watching.

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goddamnit. i hate that i watch these shows.

on one hand, they make me feel very confident in my life choices.

on the other...they serve as constant reminders of my single self, the extra pounds i’m carrying around, and my neck wrinkles.

these shows are good for no one except the networks.