This season's The Bachelor now presents ABC with a real dilemma. FINALLY, we did see a real love story emerge. We probably saw it develop faster than Andy and Tessa realized it! Their relationship appears to have a real chance of lasting. Not everyone is satisfied, but I can't imagine anyone NOT feeling that we've seen something special.
So how is ABC going to do better next time (other than the manipulative editing)? Many viewers will no longer be satisfied with just watching the surreal dating scene of 20-somethings lusting after each other in fancy locales and dream places. Other than the voyeurs among us, I'd think that most of us want to see participants that are "more real", relationships develop that aren't just "eye candy", and results that last. Everyone likes a happy ending; how is ABC going to give us one that tops Andy and Tessa?
Here's an idea: either change the name of the show to "Dating for the Desperate", or have the next set of episodes show us Trista/Ryan, Mary/Byron and "where are they now" segments on other participants. Give us a break from failed love stories and bring us up-to-date on our favorite bachelors/ettes. Give us some closure and let us feel good about the few "matches" that actually worked.