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New E! romance show has Fresno connection

Burning Love - Season 1Fresno’s connection to reality dating shows continued this week with the launch of “Burning Love” on E!. The show — originally a web series from Ben Stiller — is a parody of programs like ‘The Bachelor.” Comedian Ken Marino plays the bachelor who is looking to find love in front of millions of TV viewers. His choices range from a girl in a bear suit to a woman who could be his grandmother.

One of the hopefuls is Julie, described as the woman who is “damaged goods.” According to her bio, Julie is a 28-year-old dental hygienist from Fresno. Her favorite book is “Healing Your Emotional Self” and her favorite movie is “Titanic 3D.”

Julie’s being played by comedian June Diane Raphael who has appeared in the movies “Year One” and “Bride Wars.”

You can watch her pitiful attempts to find love when the second episode airs at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

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Reality stars talk about love, romance

It may not seem like it, but Valentine’s Day is not that far away. Romance can be such a tricky thing, it seemed wise to turn to a few experts — people who found true love through a television show — for some tips.

There have been about 8,000 editions of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” so far and yet not many have found the kind of everlasting relationship that comes from speed dating through a couple dozen of people while cameras capture every intimate moment.

It looked like the show was going to have a good track record with Cupid as Trista Rehn Sutter found love with Ryan Sutter after her turn on the first “The Bachelorette.” The couple is still together after a decade.

Trista says the secret to a good relationship is to do small things for each other. As an example, she points to how she’s currently writing a book and has been under a lot of stress because of deadlines.

“He’s been taking over the reins with the kids and been incredibly supportive,” Trista says. “One morning, he left me a card — and four caramels that I love — that said ‘I support you and I know you can do this.’ It was so sweet.”

Trista loves Valentine’s Day but thinks it’s more important to celebrate romance every day.

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Celebuzz says Lindzi Cox has found love

cox.JPGCelebuzz is reporting that Lindzi Cox, a former member of the Fresno State equestrian team, is in a romantic relationship with Kalon McMahon who was sent packing on the recent edition of “The Bachelorette” by Emily Maynard because he referred to her daughter Ricki, 6, as “baggage.”

The online site for entertainment news reports the pair found love on “The Bachelor Pad 3.”

Cox is one of 20 contestants set to lay it all on the line for love and/or money in the ABC reality competition series that begins at 8 p.m. Monday on KFSN (Channel 30.1). Cox, 27, was rejected by Ben Flajnik in “The Bachelor” series finale that aired in March.

Lindzi Cox doesn’t win ‘Bachelor’s’ heart


In case you missed it, Lindzi Cox, the 27-year-old who was a member of the equestrian team at California State University, Fresno, did not win the heart of Ben Flajnik on the ABC reality competition show “The Bachelor.” On the season finale Monday night, Flajnik sent Cox packing and proposed to bachelorette Courtney Robertson.

The finale was like watching Prince Charming dumping Cinderella in favor of one of the mean stepsisters.

Cox was one of the sweetest players in the competition and played the game fairly. Robertson was just the opposite. I guess that says something about Flajnik. And speaking of the Bachelor, am I the only one who thinks he looks like Shemp Howard from the Three Stooges?

The last thing Cox said to Flajnik before he put her on the helicopter to Brokenheartsville was that if things didn’t work out with Robertson, he should call her. If this decision by Flajnik is any example of how he runs his life, Cox would be wise to change her telephone number.

I will chat with Cox later today about her experiences on the show. You can see what she has to say in Thursday’s Fresno Bee.

On TV tonight: ‘The Bachelor’

125032_D_0342_pre.jpg “The Bachelor,” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): The end is getting near for this edition of the romance reality competition series. That means Lindzi Cox, the 27-year-old, who was a member of the equestrian team at California State University, Fresno, is closer to knowing if she has found love or is one of the latest rejects.

She has made it to the final three and on tonight’s episode, “Bachelor” Ben Flajnik will decided during dates in the Swiss Alps which two hopefuls make it to the finale.

ABC is touting that “a rejected suitor returns.” Considering there are two hours to fill, maybe a few suitors should show up just to help pass the time.

Lindzi Cox breaks away from the field

125693_7148_pre.jpgTCA Winter Tour: Chris Harrison, host of “The Bachelor” says that Lindzi Cox, the former California State University, Fresno, equestrian rider, has established herself as one of the front runners among this year’s group of contenders for the heart of Ben Flajnik on this season of the ABC reality show. She broke out of the crowd with her first appearance when instead of a limo, she arrived on horseback.

“It was her idea to arrive on a horse,” Harrison says. “She contacted a friend of hers in Los Angeles and borrowed the horse. I got to work that day and there was a horse in my parking spot.”

Harrison’s been hosting “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” long enough to know that such stunts can backfire. But, he says Cox is one of the favorites among the 13 women left in the running.

As for Fresno’s other big connection to the competition series, Harrison is still amazed how Clovis native Kasey Kahl went from a joke as the man who got a tattoo on his wrist and was left on an iceberg on “The Bachelorette” to one of the big players in “Bachelor Pad.”

Kahl, Girardi spotted in Fresno

KAHL.JPG People magazine’s Web site is reporting that Vienna Girardi, who didn’t find love with Jake Pavelka on “The Bachelor,” has been spotted in Fresno hanging out with Clovis native Kasey Kahl, who was a contestant on “The Bachelorette.”
People’s quoting Girardi’s representation as confirming the love connection.

Supposedly, Giardi and Kahl have been posted at different locations in Fresno and Clovis. Let us know if you’ve spotted the pair.

On TV tonight: ‘The Bachelor’

122027_D_0056_pre.jpg “The Bachelor,” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): It looks like there’s a second chance to find love when it comes to reality TV. Brad Womack, the former bachelor who rejected both of his final bachelorettes three years ago, returns to the ABC show. He again will try to find someone to love among 30 bachelorettes in this 15th edition of the romance reality series.

After rejecting Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas (who make a guest appearance in the season opener) on the November 2007 finale, Womack went through therapy. He discovered he had unresolved feelings about his absent father and that was why he would push people away.

Womack told reporters that this time, he finds love.

“I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy. It was completely different for so many reasons. One, of course I was so much more open to the process and then I just had a great time, though that sounds strange, because I had a good time last time. It was just so much more fun and I don’t know, the women were so much more engaging, it was a great experience,” Womack said.

Love takes wing in January

118249_D_0165_pre.jpg The 14th edition of “The Bachelor,” this one being called “On the Wings of Love,” will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 4. The task of picking a potential bride – as if that will really happen – goes to Jake Pavelka, a commercial pilot from Dallas. The 31-year-old grew up in Denton, Texas and attended University of North Texas and Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science.

This is another bite of the love apple as Pavelka and Bachelorette Jillian Harris went to see Martina McBride. That TV dating experience didn’t go so well.

The ABC press release for the show says, “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.”

Trying to find that right woman in front of millions of TV viewers doesn’t seem to be the best way to find true love.

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