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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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Local bachelor sent packing

bach_pre.jpg The stay was short for Brent, the latest local representative on “The Bachelorette.”

The Fresno resident was not one of the 19 bachelors given a rose by Emily Maynard during the first ceremony in Monday night’s season opener. I guess showing up wearing a name tag is not the way to a woman’s heart.

He joins previous “The Bachelorette” contestants Ryan Park and Kasey Kahl as those who failed to find love in front of TV cameras.

Another local tie to ‘Bachelorette’

bachelorette_pre.jpg Here we go again.

The Central San Joaquin Valley has become a pipeline to ABC as another local is scheduled to be part of the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.”

A press release announcing the names of the 25 bachelors who will try to win the heart of single mom Emily Maynard lists “Brent, 41, a technology salesman from Fresno.”

The new season of “The Bachelorette” begins May 14.

Brent follows former California State University, Fresno athlete Lindzi Cox who made it to the final two of the most recent season of “The Bachelor.” Locals Kasey Kahl and Ryan Park were both contestants on previous editions of “The Bachelorette.”

There must be something in the water.

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.”

On TV tonight: ‘Masterchef’

gr_devil_0008_rc.JPG “Masterchef,” 8 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): A new season of the reality competition show starts with 100 cooking hopefuls trying to impress the judges: Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay; restaurateur and wine maker Joe Bastianich; and the youngest four-star chef in America, Graham Elliot.

This year’s group includes one local contender as former Fresno State basketball standout Jervis Cole is among the amateur chefs. Cole, the second-leading scorer in Fresno State history, played for the Bulldogs from 1986 to ’89. He also was a member of the San Jose Jammers of the Continental Basketball Association in 1989.

The first round of competition continues Tuesday. The show’s biggest weakness is that the early round becomes monotonous as each chef tries to impress. The action gets more heated in future episodes.

LOCAL NOTE: Buchanan High School graduate Ryan Park is still in the running to win the heart of Ashley Hebert on the ABC reality show “The Bachelorette.” He’s one of 15 suitors who got a rose in last week’s show. The next round airs at 8 p.m. tonight on KFSN (Channel 30.1).

Local bachelor shines in ‘Bachelorette’ opener

Park.JPG Buchanan High School graduate Ryan Park made a huge impression on the first night of the ABC reality show “The Bachelorette.” Park so impressed Ashley Hebert that she gave him the “First Impression Rose.”

That meant he didn’t have to wait to see if he was going to continue in the competition when Hebert started handing out roses at the end of the program.

Park’s quest to win Hebert’s heart continues Monday.

His father, Gordon Park, sent me a note saying he was anxious to see how the show was going to be edited. The fear was that his son would be made to look like the villain of the show. Dad didn’t need to worry as Park came out looking like a great guy and the early front runner.

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.

Kasey gets left at the glacier on ‘The Bachelorette’


Kasey Kahl, who briefly put Clovis on the map as a place that produces really odd-duck bachelors, got dumped last night on “The Bachelorette” — and not a moment too soon. At least the way the show’s producers framed it, we were about this close to having the Icelandic authorities arrive and gently whisk Kasey away to a padded place where everyone involved could be safe and happy.

Of course, what really happened — as opposed to the edited version designed for maximum TV impact — will probably remain forever shrouded, unless Kasey breaks his confidentiality agreement. But at least for purposes of the show, Kasey got cast as the creepy, mumbling, tattoo-procuring, obsessive suitor who tried just a little too hard. Sample soundbite: “I’m Kasey. I’m a dreamer. I’m a believer. I love to love. I love to give. I love to share. If I get sent home, that’s gonna destroy me.”

Um, no thanks, said bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, who left Kasey on a glacier in Iceland.

I’ve posted after the jump my recap of choice Kasey moments from the show.

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On TV tonight: The Bachelorette

KAHL.JPG “The Bachelorette,” ab p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): No matter what happens on this reality competition series, people are going to remember Clovis native Kasey Kahl. It may be just how the ABC series being edited, but Kahl is coming across like this year’s creepy bachelor.

His efforts to win the heart of Ali Fedotowsky with an improvised serenade and a rose tatoo has turned him into fodder for the Internet and television shows. On Friday’s “The Soup,” Joel McHale took a few jabs at the local bachelor.

McHale said the No. 1 thing a woman wants is a man to sing to her and the No. 2 thing is for the man to stop singing.

Kahl gets more on-screen time tonight and that exposure will provide a better look at the local bachelor. At this point, it’s hard to decide if that’s a good thing or bad.

TV note:
Fresno’s Adamme Sosa continues his quest to win the reality competition series “Dance Your Ass Off.” The next episode airs at 10 p.m. tonight on Oxygen.

The winner will be determined by who is the best dancer and loses the most weight.

Clovis suitor stays alive on “The Bachelorette”

KAHL.JPG Kasey Kahl has survived another week on “The Bachelorette.” He was awarded one of the 11 roses handed out by Ali Fedotowsky on last night’s episode of the ABC competition series. The 27-year-old Clovis account executive hopes to be the one who finally wins Fedotowsky’s heart.

Kahl’s early strategy was to hold back and let the other bachelors fight. He got a little more involved last night especially after finding out one of the other competitors made a secret trip to visit Fedotowsky.

Previews show Kahl gets thrust into the spotlight next week as he gets to go on a private date with the Bachelorette. What looks bad is a moment when he sings. This is television. His crooning can’t be as bad as the preview makes it look.