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ABC SEAN LOWE OF “The Bachelor”

We all have entertainment weaknesses, right? For some, it’s those ESPN shows where sportswriters scream about Tim Tebow. For others, it’s that PBS show about a British aristocratic family and its servants. For me, it’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

Good news, then, that the latest installment of “The Bachelor” begins Monday, Jan. 7, featuring Sean Lowe, who I adored last season when he was one of the suitors on “The Bachelorette,” but who ultimately left because Emily Maynard loved someone else.

(It probably worked out for Lowe since Maynard’s engagement already has ended. It was the second time Maynard has gotten engaged on this ABC franchise only to have it end.)

I can’t honestly tell you why I enjoy watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” so much, especially since so few of the couples actually make it after the shows air.

I’m sure it has something to do with being a hopeless romantic with an insatiable desire for great love stories, and nothing screams great love story like finding your future spouse on TV and getting engaged a few months after meeting at a cocktail party.

Admittedly, the series has changed a bit since I first watched Alex Michel rebuff Trista Rehn in the Season 1 finale in 2002, only to watch her return in 2003 as “The Bachelorette” and meet her now-husband Ryan Sutter. They live in Eagle County. I’m not super proud I know that.

Although the franchise is still about finding true love, at least I think it is, the series is a lot more about becoming famous while simultaneously going on extravagant dates in exotic locations that often include helicopters.

But all that may change in the upcoming installment of “The Bachelor.”

Lowe’s appearance has me optimistic the show will return to its roots: one man’s search for love in front of millions of TV viewers.

Lowe is perfect for the 25th season anniversary of the franchise. (This will be the 17th installment of “The Bachelor,” and there has been 8 seasons of “The Bachelorette.”) Based on my knowledge of Lowe, which I’ve gathered from ABC footage and magazine stories, he’s sweet, ambitious, handsome, funny and sincere.

Because of these characteristics, I sincerely think he wants to find true love, and I’ll be watching every step of the way because that’s what I do.


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