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June 2, 2014 at 7:08 AM

TV Alert: WNBA stars vs. men from “The Bachelorette”

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“The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman

Confession: I watch “The Bachelorette.” I know, but as a married woman I feel I have the right to make fun of single people desperately looking for love via reality TV.

Who doesn’t love a good meltdown? That’s not yours or your kid’s, of course.

Dude cracking a few weeks ago about the whole thing being stupid and how he didn’t want to be there anyway because he was one of the first few cut was classic. And the tears from the women seeking men! Oh, please have a gay version soon.

But I digress.

In watching last week’s previews for Monday, I thought I saw Los Angeles F Nneka Ogwumike and Indiana F Tamika Catchings in a clip. A tweet from the WNBA on Sunday confirmed my suspension. Some players will be featured on the show.

Naturally the women will be playing against “Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman’s suitors, who I’m positive have no skill on the basketball court. I can’t wait to watch!

For those who don’t share my guilty pleasure, it’ll air at 8pm PT on ABC. Some advice, as with “Scandal” when it’s in-season, stay off Twitter beginning at 5pm PT if you don’t want to catch any spoilers from those watching at 8pm ET.

Here’s more info from ABC:

ON-COURT DRAMA TURNS INTO OFF-COURT FIREWORKS, AS FIRST, 11 MEN GO TOE-TO-TOE WITH WNBA SUPERSTARS AND THEN, ANDI’S FAIRYTALE GOES AWRY, ON “THE BACHELORETTE”

 

THE TWO-NIGHT “BACHELORETTE” SPECIAL EVENT CONCLUDES MONDAY, JUNE 2, WITH AN ALL NEW EPISODE

 

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Jon Pardi Gives a Special Performance for Andi and Marcus

“Episode 1004” – A two-night Bachelorette special event concludes as Andi and the13 remaining men begin their global journey to find love with a trip to the scenic New England area and Connecticut. Dylan is the lucky recipient of the first one-on-one date, but he has a lot on his mind. Whether he chooses to share his tragic story with Andi might make all the difference between their relationship steaming up or getting derailed. Eleven men think they are on top of their game until it is revealed that they first will face off against WNBA superstars in a no-holds-barred basketball game and then, in an even more hotly contested match between the guys, with the winning team spending more time with Andi. Facing her overwhelming fear of heights, Andi invites Marcus to rappel 30 stories down the side of their hotel – but high winds turn this date into a grueling challenge. Finally, Andi has a dramatic meltdown at the cocktail party as she wonders if any of the men are taking her seriously, on “The Bachelorette,” MONDAY, JUNE 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Dylan and Andi spend a day taking a nostalgic steam train through the breathtaking New England countryside. It’s Dylan’s opportunity to open up to Andi and reveal his heartbreaking family history, which he knows he needs to do to move on and have a real relationship. But will Dylan be able to let go of his hurt long enough to trust Andi and, if so, how will Andi react?

Eleven men are eager to show off their basketball skills when they arrive at the Mohegan Sun arena, until Andi explains that they will compete against some of the WNBA’s best – superstars Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne, Lindsey Harding and Nneka Ogwumike. But this is no slam dunk for Andi’s suitors, so Andi changes it up and has the bachelors divide into two teams to battle one another. However, only the winning team will attend an after party with Andi. One man takes some alone time with the Bachelorette to make sure that they are on the same page, but will the date rose go to the best athlete on court or the most romantic suitor off court?

Marcus receives the final date card for what will be the ultimate adrenaline rush. Andi decides that she needs to face her fear of heights and picks this athletic bachelor to accompany her in a heart-stopping rappelling descent 30 floors down the side of the Mohegan Sun in 50 mile per hour winds. Will Andi take a leap of faith with her brave Prince Charming or will he be as frightened as she is? The couple end the evening with a romantic dinner and country singer-song writer Jon Pardi serenading them.

The cocktail party is full of emotional drama. After a serious discussion with one of the men, Andi has a tearful breakdown and addresses all her suitors about her intentions and whether they are there for the right reasons, leaving them stunned and speechless. Eleven men are left to travel with Andi to Europe, starting in Marseilles, France.

The 13 remaining men are:

Andrew, 30, a social media marketer from Culver City, CA

Brian, 27, a basketball coach from Camp Hill, PA

Chris, 32, a farmer from Arlington, IA

Cody, 28, a personal trainer from Chicago, IL

Dylan, 26, an accountant from Boston, MA

Eric, 31, an explorer from Citrus Heights, CA

J J, 31, a pantsapreneur from San Francisco, CA

Josh M., 29, a former professional baseball player from Atlanta, GA

Marcus, 25, a sports medicine manager from Dallas, TX

Marquel, 26, a sponsorship salesman from Las Vegas, NV

Nick V., 33, a software sales executive from Chicago, IL

Patrick, 29, an advertising executive from Newport Beach, CA

Tasos, 30, a wedding event coordinator from Denver, CO

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers. “The Bachelorette” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,L parental guideline.

 

            For more information on “The Bachelorette” visit ABC.com.

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