'The Bachelor' takes flight in January
ABC says the show will begin its 14th cycle on Monday, Jan. 4, with a two-hour premiere. This season will also be the first broadcast in high definition.
The new edition is subtitled "On the Wings of Love," which refers not to the Jeffrey Osborne song but to the fact that Bachelor Jake Pavelka -- who was rejected on "The Bachelorette" last season -- is a pilot.
The ABC press release about the show is a fun read, if you're into hyperbole, so we thought we'd share. Here's how the network is presenting Pavelka:
"Ever since Jake, 31, shared a magical one-on-one date with Bachelorette Jillian Harris to see Martina McBride, millions of women have had their 'Top Gun' fantasies about him. A fan favorite for his reputation as an honest guy with an open heart -- not to mention his good looks -- viewers were stunned when Jillian rejected Jake right before the hometown dates on last season's 'The Bachelorette.' But women were drawn to him even more when Jake returned of his own accord in the next episode to protect Jillian from men who were not there for the right reasons. Jake -- who already knew Jillian would not take him back -- freely shared and showed his emotions.
"Jake's fairytale-like experience falling for Jillian made him confident that he can find the love of his life on 'The Bachelor.' Now it's his time. Jake knows himself well enough to know that he's not made to live alone. He just needs to find the right woman -- his best friend and soulmate -- and that's whom he'll marry. Searching for a woman who is intelligent, confident, energetic and spontaneous, he admits that he can't wait for fatherhood."
So that's what ABC says. What about you? Will Jake make you tune in?
Follow Zap2it on Twitter for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.
Jake Pavelka is your new 'Bachelor'
'The Bachelor': Jason Mesnick, Molly Malaney engaged