‘Bachelor’ Courting Syndie

Nov 24, 2003  •  Post A Comment

If “Bachelor” Bob has his way, the next ladies he’ll try to swoon will be on daytime.
Bob Guiney, who conquered prime time as star of the most recent edition of ABC reality show “The Bachelor,” could host a daytime vehicle next fall from “Bachelor” producers Next Entertainment and Telepictures, sources confirmed.
The potential show, whose format has not been determined but could be a talk show, is one of at least three projects-along with vehicles for motivational speaker Jessica Weiner and former “Moral Court” host Larry Elder-that Telepictures is considering syndicating next season. A spokesperson for the producers would not comment on development.
Mr. Guiney was one of Trista Rehn’s suitors on “The Bachelorette” before becoming “The Bachelor.”
Mr. Guiney is no stranger to talk shows. He made press appearances on several outlets-including “The Oprah Winfrey Show”-following his run on “The Bachelorette.” Now that “The Bachelor” has wrapped, he also likely will be seen making the rounds on morning shows and talk shows, with his new girlfriend from the show, Estella.
He got involved with “The Bachelorette” after two assistants at his mortgage business in Michigan signed him up, according to his biography on ABC.com. The assistants thought, the bio said, Mr. Guiney was dating women who “weren’t good enough” for him. Mr. Guiney, who is divorced, told TelevisionWeek prior to the debut of “The Bachelor” that he would not guarantee a marriage proposal at the reality show’s conclusion (TelevisionWeek, May 19).
“I think the shows before have overpromised,” Mr. Guiney said during ABC’s upfront party at Cipriani’s in Manhattan in May. “I’m not promising anything. I’m not promising I’ll get married.”
He in fact did not wind up proposing marriage. Instead, offered Estella a diamond ring and asked that she wear it on her right hand, indicating a promise to pursue the relationship.
Mr. Guiney, a former Michigan State University quarterback, grew up in Riverview, Mich., the ABC bio said. He was active in a fraternity while in college and also founded a band called Fat Amy. The band, which released albums in 1995 and 1997 and toured the country, took a hiatus in 1999 after MCA Publishing dropped them. While Mr. Guiney has continued working on his music since then, he and a longtime friend started up a branch of a mortgage company. Estella, is coincidentally also is in the mortgage business.
“The Bachelor” finale on ABC dominated last Wednesday night, propelling the network to easy wins in adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. An average of 18.5 million people tuned in to watch Bachelor Bob choose Estella over Kelly Jo, according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate data. “Bachelor” scored a first-place 8.7/21 in adults 18 to 49, beating NBC’s “The West Wing” and “Law & Order.” “The Bachelor” finale was up from the spring edition finale, which posted a 7.2/17 and 15.1 million total viewers, but was lower than “The Bachelorette” finale, which had an 11.9/28 and 25.9 million viewers, earlier this year.
Any or none of the three projects Telepictures is considering for syndication in fall 2004 could end up on the air, depending on interest in the market, sources said.
Ms. Weiner, the subject of is an author, speaker and performer who has written books including “A Very Hungry Girl.” In addition, she is founder of the ACT Out Ensemble, a national touring theater company based in Indianapolis. She is the author of numerous social issue plays covering topics such as eating disorders, relationships, school violence, date rape and hate crimes, according to her bio.
On her talk show, from producer Media-Savvy, she will help guests deal with social and emotional problems.
Mr. Elder was host of Telepictures’ “Moral Court” several years ago and continues to host a national syndicated radio show. He has authored books such as “The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America.” Telepictures has shot a pilot featuring Mr. Elder in a talk show setting, sources said.
Sources said any or none of the three could end up on the airwaves next fall depending on interest in the market.
November sweeps is likely to be a make-or-break period for a number of shows, and the Telepictures trio join several other series syndicators have on deck for the fall. The only new first-run series now set in stone to air next September are Paramount’s “The Insider,” NBC’s Jane Pauley talk show and Twentieth’s “Ambush Makeover,” which has shifted from a test rollout to national syndication. Others in the mix include Buena Vista’s Tony Danza project; a trio of makeover shows from NBC Enterprises; the Lynda Lopez strip and a home makeover strip from Universal; Tribune’s Melissa Rivers and Jamie White projects; and Sony’s “Life and Style” and Pat Croce strips.