Arkansas woman hopes to find love in Par­adise

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - MICHAEL STOREY The TV Col­umn ap­pears Sun­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. Email: mstorey@arkansason­line.com

For those in­vested in the faux ro­mance and “un­scripted” (wink, wink) drama of ABC’s Bach­e­lor in Par­adise, your guilty plea­sure be­gins at 7 p.m. Mon­day with a spe­cial two-hour Sea­son 4 pre­miere.

That’ll be fol­lowed with an­other episode at 7 p. m. Tues­day to make it a “twonight event.”

Never fear. I’ll not judge you if you en­joy wast­ing your time with the se­ries. We all waste our time with some­thing. For me, it’s CBS’ Big Brother. I sim­ply don’t want you to be con­fused that there’s any­thing “real” about the re­al­ity se­ries Bach­e­lor in Par­adise.

Af­ter all, this was the show that had pro­duc­tion sus­pended ear­lier this sum­mer af­ter al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct be­tween two cast mem­bers. Al­co­hol (sur­prise!) was in­volved. Lots of al­co­hol.

Pro­duc­tion com­pany Warner Bros. con­ducted what I’m sure was an ex­ten­sive in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, then pro­nounced there was noth­ing to see here, and film­ing re­sumed at Sayulita, Mex­ico.

Warner Bros. added, “Out of re­spect for the pri­vacy in­ter­ests of those in­volved, we do not in­tend to re­lease the video­tape of the in­ci­dent.”

The re­cently re­leased cast group beach photo in­cludes DeMario Jack­son and Corinne Olym­pios, the two who were at the cen­ter of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But they did not re­turn to con­tinue film­ing and may only ap­pear at the cast re­union episode at the end of the sea­son.

Mean­while, love (or a TV fac­sim­ile) is in the air down in Mex­ico. Here, for your amuse­ment, is how ABC pub­li­cists tease the show:

“For­mer The Bach­e­lor and The Bach­e­lorette cast mem­bers — both fan- fa­vorites and char­ac­ters who caused con­tro­versy — try to leave their wounded hearts be­hind as they take an­other shot at find­ing love.

“The cast mem­bers ex­plore new re­la­tion­ships and see if sum­mer flings will turn into some­thing more, or if their hearts will be shat­tered yet again.

“The pur­suit of a po­ten­tial hap­pily-ever-af­ter is sure to in­clude shock­ing twists, un­ex­pected guests, un­likely pair­ings and other sur­prises. In true Bach­e­lor fash­ion, it’s sure to be an amaz­ing jour­ney.”

As an added bonus this sea­son, fans “will have a front seat at the highly-an­tic­i­pated wed­ding of Sea­son 3 love­birds, Carly Wad­dell and Evan Bass.”

I might tear up just a bit. Fi­nally, ex­tend­ing her 15 min­utes of re­al­ity fame is 26-year-old Hoxie na­tive and Jones­boro cloth­ing bou­tique owner Raven Gates, the run­ner-up in Nick Viall’s Sea­son 21 of The Bach­e­lor. Her quest for fame seems to be work­ing. Gates has 761,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram and al­most 98,000 on Twit­ter.

Ah, but will she find true love in Mex­ico?

In an in­ter­view with The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter be­fore don­ning her bikini and head­ing south, Gates said, “I re­ally trust the Bach­e­lor sys­tem. I feel like I’m sur­rounded by a bunch of love match­mak­ers, so that’s why I’m con­fi­dent in find­ing love in Par­adise. I just be­lieve in the process.”

Yes! Yes, and we be­lieve in fairies, too! If you be­lieve in the “Bach­e­lor sys­tem,” clap your hands and Raven’ll hear you. Clap! Clap! Don’t let love die!

It worked! Now, let’s all go and res­cue Wendy.

■ The Cars That Made Amer­ica, 7 to 9 p.m. to­day on His­tory Chan­nel. I have manly- man rel­a­tives who have had a dozen cars over the years and could take them apart and put them back to­gether. Blind­folded.

One of them has been work­ing on a beloved ’ 64 Mus­tang in his back­yard for about 25 years.

Some­how, that fam­ily gene skipped me, but there are those whose love af­fair with the au­to­mo­bile runs deep. His­tory Chan­nel has tapped into that with a new se­ries that takes us back to the be­gin­ning.

The docu­d­rama re­veals “the vi­sion­ary ti­tans who pi­o­neered the U.S. au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try and trans­formed the coun­try.” They in­clude Henry Ford, Wil­liam Du­rant, Wal­ter Chrysler and the Dodge brothers.

The se­ries fea­tures archival footage and in­ter­views that cover the jour­ney from the early days to the mus­cle cars of my youth — which def­i­nitely did not in­clude my first car, a 1970 Amer­i­can Mo­tors Hor­net, or my cur­rent 2000 mini­van that would have made the Dodge brothers proud.

■ In­side Wind­sor Cas­tle, 7 p.m to­day on Smith­so­nian Chan­nel. An­glophiles will be de­lighted at this in­ti­mate look in­side the his­toric home to the English royal fam­ily for a thou­sand years. A sec­ond episode fol­lows at 8.

■ Guy’s Fam­ily Road Trip, 9 p.m. to­day on Food Chan­nel. It’s a food show. It’s a travel show. It’s a road trip! Chef Guy Fieri and fam­ily (wife Lori and sons Hunter and Ry­der) hop in the RV and hit the road. First up — Bel­gian waf­fles and moun­tain bik­ing at Lake Ta­hoe on the bor­der of Cal­i­for­nia and Nevada.

Arkansas’ Raven Gates teaches Nick Viall to call the Hogs on his sea­son of ABC’s The Bach­e­lor. Gates fin­ished as run­ner-up and will look for love on Bach­e­lor in Par­adise.

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