The Bachelor

Oh great, bachelor Brad is back


From time to time, I proclaim that this is it: "The Bachelor" has finally screwed up so badly that people will never watch it again.

They still do, much to my astonishment. Now comes their biggest challenge: In January, Brad Womack will be the new bachelor.

Yes, that's the same guy who three years ago started with 25 gorgeous women, ended with two terrific ones ... and chose no one. The whole time had been a waste -- even more than all those times when guys politely waited a few weeks before dumping his choice.

Can Jillian bring sanity to "Bachelor"?


So now Jillian Harris will try to bring sanity to the "Bachelor" process.

She brings two key advantages: She's Canadian and she's female.

(Please throw in your comments on this and on the "American Idol" blogs that follow.)

The last few guys have been absurd. One went through the whole process with 25 bright and beautiful women and chose no one; viewers wondered why they had bothered. Then Jason Mesnick kept choosing and unchoosing.

Beware of TV time changes for Monday (Feb. 9)


If you're getting ready to watch TV tonight (Monday, Feb. 9), don't depend on schedules that were compiled in advance.

The complication came when President Obama set a press conference for 8 p.m. ET. To catch it, the networks are doing some quick scrambling.

On a different note, please read my previous blog about the Richard Thomsen memorial service in Lansing, Mich. Meanwhile, here are the expected changes tonight:

-- Two 8 p.m. shows -- "Chuck" on NBC, "House" on Fox -- are bumped.