[08/06/04 - 12:00 AM]
Jen Schefft Set as ABC's Latest 'Bachelorette'
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Jen Schefft, the winner of season three of "The Bachelor," has been named the next star of "The Bachelorette."

ABC announced today the series will return for its third installment in January 2005.

Here's the official press release:



Reality TV star and fan favorite Jen Schefft gets a second chance at love in the third installment of "The Bachelorette," when the show returns to the ABC lineup in January 2005. This season "The Bachelorette" says goodbye to the beaches of Southern California and hello to the streets of the Big Apple, as New York becomes the exciting new location for the hit series. With brand new possibilities for sophisticated romantic dates, New York City is destined to give Jen - and viewers - the most provocative "Bachelorette" experience yet.

Schefft, a 28-year-old from Chicago, was originally introduced to television audiences during the third installment of "The Bachelor," in which Andrew Firestone proposed to her. Although her relationship with Firestone was serious and ultimately ended in heartbreak, Schefft remains a hopeless romantic and is optimistic about finding her husband on "The Bachelorette."

In a first for the series, Schefft will actually help select the men who will vie for her heart. As for the qualities of her ideal mate, Jen says: "This show found Trista the man of her dreams and now it's my hope to find the one man with whom I can spend the rest of my life. My husband needs to be someone who is down-to-earth yet ambitious. I want us to be able to connect on all levels."

Now that Jen is available, men will be lining up to meet her, finding that, like Trista, she has a magnetic appeal. Schefft will be kicking off her quest in New York on Friday, August 13, at the Pacific Grill from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The search will also sweep the nation with stops in Chicago, San Diego, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Miami, among other cities. Interested and eligible men can learn more about these casting events and the application process by logging on to abc.com (keyword: "bachelorette") or by calling (866) 739-3150.

As in the previous "Bachelorette" series, Jen will be introduced to a group of handsome, intelligent men who share her desire to find true love. During the course of the series, she will take in the incredible sites of New York City and travel to exotic locations, all while getting to know these men. She will introduce them to her family and friends, and meet some of theirs as well. Should Jen find her guy at end of the courtship, will she propose to him? And if she does, will he say yes?

"The Bachelorette" with Trista Rehn (2003), which resulted in her marriage to Ryan Sutter, and Meredith Philips (2004), who is currently engaged to Ian McKee, were both solid performers for ABC during each of the past two seasons. Each edition ranked as ABC's second-highest-rated entertainment series in its respective season in the key Adults 18-49 demographic, behind only "The Bachelor."

Chris Harrison, host of "The Bachelor" and HGTV's popular primetime series, "Designers' Challenge," guides this romantic journey. Harrison knows Jen well, given their association during the previous show. Undoubtedly she will confide in him and possibly get advice as her dating life progresses. Having found true love with a college sweetheart who is now his wife and advising the previous bachelor and bachelorettes, Harrison is in a unique position to offer perspective during this process.

"The Bachelorette" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss ("High School Reunion") is executive producer. Lisa Levenson, Scott Jeffress and Jason Carbone are co-executive producers.

  [august 2004]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.