Chris Harrison and company are back tonight on the season premiere of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” This season marks a first for the franchise, however, with the show’s first ever single mom as the lady of the hour.
Emily Maynard, who super fans will remember from Brad Womack’s season (the second time around, that is) as the southern belle who stole Womack’s heart to “win” the show. Unfortunately for her, it seems that being the Bachelor twice was still not enough for Womack to sort out his issues and find true love. By the “After the Final Rose” episode, the couple had already split up and gotten back together only to eventually call it quits for good.
Emily’s story initially coming into the Bachelor was one that certainly pulled on the heart strings. She had lost her fiancée, race car driver Ricky Hendrick, in an airplane crash in 2004. Shortly after his death, she discovered that she was pregnant, leaving her to raise their daughter, Ricki, on her own.
This time around on “The Bachelorette,” Emily is calling the shots, which means this season will be seeing some changes, starting with the home base. Instead of uprooting her daughter and heading out to Los Angeles to film in the swanky bachelor pad we typically see, the show will begin its journey in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Emily currently resides with Ricki. The actual Bachelorette action will take place in a European style mansion that the network has secured nearby.
Although there will still be some traveling to exquisite locations such as Prague and Bermuda, Emily maintains that her main focus will be to keep Ricki’s schedule as normal as possible. With the single mom undertone of this season, comes a different feel than Bachelorette fans are accustomed to, which might be the breath of fresh air that the franchise needs.
Emily, it seems, is not the party girl who is hooking up in the hot tub and skinny dipping in the ocean, but instead, a true lady who wants to find someone to love her and her daughter. In that case, the men will have to be on high alert with their behavior this time around, since most women looking for a father figure for their children aren’t impressed by the number of shots you can do or the size of your pecs. This time we are looking for guys with actual...(gasp!)…depth.
“The Bachelorette” premieres tonight at 9:30 / 8:30c on ABC.
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