The Bachelor is just beginning with its 21st season on ABC.
The magical, journey-ending Final Rose ceremony has already been filmed, however, and customarily, The Bachelor spoilers have already leaked.
Raise your hands if you're surprised ... anyone?! Hello?
No. By this point, The Bachelor spoilers leaking before the season is almost as much of a foregone conclusion as the winners breaking up!
We kid ... mostly. But the show's track record is not great.
Just saying, people. Anyway, back to the lecture at hand:
Nick Viall has finished filming his starring turn as The Bachelor, and we know the outcome well before the final rose is doled out on TV.
After being rejected by Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on back-to-back The Bachelorette finales, will he finally find love this time?
Oh yes. With Nick in the lead role and doling out the roses, it was finally his time (whether it lasts is another story, but we'll get to that later).
Anyway, ready to meet Nick's final four - and the winner?!
1. Rachel Lindsay from Dallas, Texas.
2. Corinne Olympios of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
3. Raven Gates from Hoxie, Arkansas.
4. Vanessa Grimaldi of Montreal, Canada.
Nick goes on hometown dates with these four on the ninth episode of the season. Thanks to Reality Steve, we know how it plays out from there.
Hometown Elimination: Corinne Olympios.
According to Steve, the Oracle of Bachelor and Bachelorette spoilers, insiders were surprised that Corinne made it as far as she did.
Viewers, however, can't be that shocked, given how Corinne ... endeared herself to Nick from the moment the cameras started rolling.
Let's just say she hasn't been afraid to use her feminine charms, or "golden vagine" if you will, to get where she wants to get this season.
In any case, Olympios earned herself a hometown date, but hers was the one that didn't leads to the Fantasy Suite the following week.
For hypersexual Corinne, who likely had a novel-length list of things she wanted to do to Nick in there, that has to be hard to swallow.
Speaking of Olympios, Steve notes, accurately, that Corinne is 100 percent the "villain," and will be the talk of this season. He's good.
In any case, she's out. And then there were three ...
In Episode 10, the remaining women travel to Finland, where Nick probably gets naked with all three once the cameras stop rolling.
Sorry again, Corinne. So close, yet so far.
We kid ... sort of, about Nick getting his freak on with the ladies he takes on overnight dates. We just know if Liz Sandoz is any indication ...
Check out the gallery above. Enough said.
This is Nick Viall we're talking about, at the end of the day, so it's fairly likely he's not opposed to going there with his final trio of girls. At all.
Which makes it all the more awkward (as if it weren't bad enough even without sex) to send someone home after an intimate evening.
But he does, as there are only two finalists.
Fantasy Suite Elimination: Rachel Lindsay.
Rough. Though for the first time, an African-American contestant made the final four (or three), so that's a celebration of real diversity.
Or for this show, any. Not only that, but as you surely know by this point, ABC has made Rachel Lindsay The Bachelorette this summer.
Not only is she the first African-American lead in 34 seasons of the franchise, Rachel's announcement was historic in a different sense.
Due to the timing of the reveal, viewers know she will not get engaged to Nick ... before viewers know she will not get engaged to Nick.
Rachel's hometown date is still to come, and as The Bachelor spoilers indicate, she will make it past that as Corinne gets the heave-ho.
Why make the announcement at this odd time?
"They want to be able to cast guys specifically for her," says a show insider. "They wanted to have plenty of time to find the perfect guys."
"It was going to get out anyway that Rachel would be the next Bachelorette, so producers figured they might as well announce it now."
That way, they make it "official" to "make sure they get the most and best number of applicants" and hype up her hometown date as well.
Interesting indeed. But back to Nick ... with Lindsay out, the upcoming finale of The Bachelor will pit Raven Gates against Vanessa Grimaldi.
Who will prevail? Well, the rumors were true:
Nick Viall is engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi!
Weeks ago, we heard that much like Ben Higgins picking Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher taking Jordan Rodgers, this was a sure bet.
Vanessa was his favorite early on, according to the man with all the inside connections, and like Lauren and Jordan, she got the final rose.
Now, of course, we don't know for sure.
Until it plays out on ABC, we can't be 100.00 percent positive that the information above is correct. But we would bet heavily that it is.
While the contestants' romantic futures often fade fast, with a few notable exceptions, The Bachelor spoilers are pretty close to a lock.
So even though Corinne, Rachel and Raven may get more air time, and ABC might pull out a lot of stops to keep you guessing, it's Vanessa.
Now just because Ms. Grimaldi was Nick's pick from the start and walks away the winner doesn't mean there won't be drama, of course.
You can take it to the bank that ABC promos, tabloids and other fan speculation will hint at various alternate outcomes all winter long.
Does Raven actually win in the end? Nick leave both his finalists hanging? Does he get rejected once again in what would be an epic twist?
No, no, no and no to other hypotheticals as well.
Steve is not "worried about being wrong," which is a telling sign. Speaking of signs, they don't look so hot for the winning duo's future.
The word on this street is that Nick has been bitten by the Hollywood bug, wants to be an actor and model, and is set on moving to L.A.
Doesn't exactly bode well if you're Vanessa.
The skeptics out there are no doubt asking how we can be sure they won't last as a couple before we've even seen them as a couple?
We can't. Nothing is set in stone, obviously.
Let's just say that the odds are against it for a variety of reasons, most notably the format in general, but also the leading man's ... history.
Despite all the talk that Nick "earned" the job or takes the process seriously, the trappings of fame and finding love on TV are real obstacles.
We wish them well, don't get us wrong.
But to state the obvious, based on what we know, we aren't holding our collective breath for the LIVE TV WEDDING EVENT of the year.
What about you, Bachelor Nation?
Do you think it can possibly last?
Check out the full gallery of contestants competing this season above, and tell us if you believe Nick and Vanessa even stand a chance.
Given the show's track record ...
Admit it: you've been had at some point in the past, haven't you?
You thought what you were watching on reality television was 100% real, only to later learn the devastating truth.
We've all been there. And now we can all be here: relive the most shocking reality TV show hoaxes in history below...
1. Dance Moms
We’ll just let Maddie Ziegler, arguably the show's top performer, lay it right out for you, courtesy of an interview with USA Today: "The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other. You know how I said that moms do fight? The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it." Host Abby Lee Miller really does suck, however. that's not fake.
2. House Hunters
Bobi Jensen blogged in 2012, on a site titled “Hooked on Houses,” that her experience on House Hunter was totally contrived. Turns out, the couple had selected its home prior to appearing on the show and producers even changed Jensen’s story over why she was moving.
3. Breaking Amish
Can we change the title of this TLC series to "Having Already Broken Amish?" After the very first episode aired, it came out that most participants had already left their Amish family for the bright lights of the big city.
4. Storage Wars
Dave Hester, a prominent presence on A&E’s Storage Wars, left production and sued the network over the phony aspects of the show. He said producers loaded units up with items to give each episode an artificial angle and that they even funneled money to teams to keep each episode's bidding competitive.
5. Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures star Aaron Goodwin was fired in 2014 after he stopped by the podcast Are We Alone and explained how the network staged reactions, sound effects and other aspects of the program. He said it was "sickening" that he was part of such a "fraud."
6. The Hills
Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and other cast members have come out and said pretty much everything you saw on this MTV reality show as scripted. Shocking, we know!
High drama ahead of the Oscars tonight, y'all.
And, believe it or not, it involves the Academy Awards goddess herself, Meryl Streep.
It all started on Friday when Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld claimed in an interview with Women's Wear Daily that Meryl had originally chosen a Chanel dress for the awards ceremony, but then she ditched Chanel in favor of a designer who would pay her to wear their dress.
He said that he'd designed the dress and that they'd started to make it, but then a few days later Meryl's people called and told them "Don't continue the dress. We found someone who will pay us."
The dress that Chanel made for her cost around $105,000, and Karl said that while he would make dresses for celebrities and give the dresses to them, he wouldn't pay simply for his design to be worn by a famous person.
As for the fate of the dress, Karl said that she could keep it, since it was made specifically for her.
"It's couture," he explained. "It's perfect for her. A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?"
And he's right -- it does sound pretty cheap. To be given such a ridiculously expensive dress is generous enough, but to demand to be paid for wearing such a dress? It's more than a little absurd.
But here's the thing: all that really, really doesn't sound like something Meryl would do.
And, according to Meryl herself, she never did.
In a statement, she explained that it is "against her personal ethics" to be paid to wear a gown for a red carpet event. Which makes sense -- Meryl Streep is anything but tacky.
Karl was quick to apologize, explaining that "After an informal conversation, I misunderstood that Ms. Streep may have chosen another designer due to renumeration, which Ms. Streep's team has confirmed is not the case."
"I regret this controversy and wish Ms. Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination."
But Meryl wasn't having it. Not even a little bit.
Another statement Meryl released through a rep said that "Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication."
"That publication printed this defamation, unchecked. Subsequently, the story was picked up globally, and continues globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record-breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience."
She added that "Mr. Lagerfeld's generic 'statement' of regret for this 'controversy' was not an apology."
So yeah, it's pretty safe to say that Meryl is pissed.
Everyone should know better than to cross such an international treasure like this.
You really have to give it up for Leah Messer -- girl has come a long way.
Sure, she still has a little scandal every now and then. Every once in a while she'll get some hate for being "too thin," or people will get angry with her for putting too much makeup on her daughters.
But when you remember that not that long ago, Leah was losing custody of her twins because she was unable to get them to school on time or feed them breakfast, it doesn't seem all that bad, does it?
Yes, Leah has really grown up a lot lately, and she proves that in this new Teen Mom 2 clip.
In the clip, she meets up with Jeremy Calvert to exchange their daughter. Jeremy takes to opportunity to let her know about his engagement to Brooke Wehr.
It's a little awkward at first -- Jeremy's obviously hoping to get a big reaction from Leah -- but she just tells him congratulations and that she's happy for him.
Then she tells Jeremy to make sure he wants to spend the rest of his life with Brooke, since Brooke would be their kid's stepmother. It sounds a little strange at first, but hey, Leah had two failed marriages by the tender age of 23.
If anyone can talk about being sure about getting hitched, it's her.
She tells him to be careful since he's "a very irrational person," and he gets angry. But we all know she's not wrong.
Jeremy starts to tell her that she's irrational, and she agrees -- she tells him that "we were very irrational, and that was the biggest mistake of my life."
See Leah give it to Jeremy in the clip below:
Remember when, even though Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin were getting divorced, it really seemed like they'd be able to be mature about things and be friendly enough to parent their child together?
... Oh, wait. That was never a thing, was it?
We always assumed that Kailyn and Javi's divorce would be an absolute mess, and with every new episode of Teen Mom 2, we've been proved right.
Since the moment Javi returned home from his deployment -- literally, the very moment he came home -- things have been tense between them.
They've gotten into constant, needless arguments about the dumbest things, so it just stands to reason that when it comes to the important stuff, things would get even more heated.
And in this new clip from the show, to say things are heated would be a bit of an understatement.
Kailyn and Javi are working out the custody arrangement for their son Lincoln, and their lawyers advised them to get together to work out the arrangements for holidays.
Things are going ... well, they're not going great from the beginning, but when the subject of Christmas comes up, they take a turn for the ugly.
It seems like Kailyn isn't willing to budge in her belief that Lincoln should stay with her for Christmas so that he can be with his brother, Isaac.
Javi points out that that's not fair to him, and they talk over each other for a while until Kailyn tells him "My kids come first."
And Javi, in perhaps the most savage moment in Teen Mom history, looks incredulous and asks "They do?"
Watch the madness in the clip below:
More sad news today out of the television world.
A few hours after we learned that Bill Paxton died at the age of 61, due to complications after heart surgery, TMZ is reporting that Jospeh Wapner has also passed away.
The retired judge rose to surprise TV stardom as the host of The People's Court.
He was 97 years old.
Long before Judge Judy and many others in this profession used the small screen to take their career to a new and famous level, Judge Wapner sat on the bench in September of 1981 at the front of The People Court.
In many ways, it was the first reality show of all-time.
And Wapner earned instant fandom as its clear-cut star.
Opinionated, intelligent, affable and humorous, Wapner led the series for 12 years and 2,484 total episodes.
He earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his work in the entertainment space.
The program itself was parodied on Saturday Night Live.
In Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman was often quoted as his character of Raymond for saying there were only "three minutes to Wapner," an expression that took on a life of its own for years.
Prior to signing on as a television judge, Wapner served as an L.A. County Superior Court judge for over two decades.
According to TMZ insiders, he was hospitalized last week after suffering a few breathing problems.
The condition sadly grew worsen, prompting a transfer to his home in Los Angeles on Friday, February 24, at which time Wapner was placed hospice care.
He passed away on Sunday morning.
After The People's Court was canceled in 1993, it aired in syndication until it was revived for a second incarnation in September 1997.
For this version, former attorney and mayor of New York Ed Koch replaced Wapner for two seasons and was later succeeded by Judge Jerry Sheindlin and Florida State Circuit Court Judge Marilyn Milian, the latter of whom has since become the show's longest-reigning arbiter.
Wapner is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mickey Wapner, and their three children.
May he rest in peace.
Bill Paxton, as you've surely heard by now, has unexpectedly passed away.
He was just 61 years old.
Bill was having heart surgery, but he began experiencing complications afterwards. He had a stroke, which ultimately killed him.
He was an undeniably amazing actor, starring in such memorable films as Titanic, Twister, and Aliens.
And so it makes sense that his fellow celebrities are taking the time to mourn him, or to share stories or condolences on social media.
Check out some of the most tragic reactions to his death below.
1. Tom Hanks
"Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man..."
2. Rob Lowe
“Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.”
3. Patton Oswalt
"Bill Paxton was a craftsman with the kind of acting range most of us only dream of. I can't believe he's gone. Unacceptable."
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family."
5. Zach Braff
"Bill Paxton. A very talented man. As skilled with comedy as he was with drama. Carpe Diem."
6. Melissa Joan Hart
"Heartbroken to hear about #BillPaxton passing away! He was one of those actors that you don't think about often but appears in all your favorite films. My years have been filled with him on my screen telling great stories!"
The sad news keeps coming this weekend -- just as we've learned of beloved actor Bill Paxton's death, we're learning another star has also passed away.
Neil Fingleton, an actor whose work was featured on shows like Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, has died.
He was only 36 years old, and the cause of death has been listed as heart failure.
In addition to his acting, Neil was known for one other thing: at 7'7", he was one of the tallest men in the world. In 2007, he was officially named the Tallest Man in Britain.
In an interview with the Guinness book of World Records in 2007, he explained that "I have always been taller than everyone since I remember."
"My height really took off when I reached 11 and was touching 7 foot. By the time I was 16, I was 7-foot-5 and stopped growing at 18 when I was 7-foot-7.56."
But he said that while he was undoubtedly the tallest person in nearly any room, "I have never been self conscious about my height. I am more conscious of going bald so that should tell you."
"I never let my height play a negative part in my life," he went on. "I always do what I want."
Born in England, he came to the U.S. to play college basketball for the University of North Carolina and the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
After graduating, he went on to play professional basketball in several countries, including England, Spain, Italy, Greece, and China.
But it wasn't too long before he returned home to England to begin his acting career.
Neil had roles in movies like X-Men: First Class, 47 Ronin, and Jupiter Ascending. He was also the motion capture actor for Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Though he was perhaps best known for his television roles.
He played the Fisher King on Doctor Who, and Mag the Mighty in Game of Thrones.
Both shows have huge fan bases, so it should go without saying that his fans are mourning him right now.
"RIP Neil Fingleton," one fan wrote. "A real life giant and a badass one on TV."
Another wrote "So sad. Just wanted you fall in #gameofthrones season 6, only to read of your death online. 36 with achievements."
Fellow Game of Thrones actor Ian Whyte tweeted "Very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Neil Fingleton. He followed his dreams. Rest in peace."
Our condolences to his friends and family.
Bill Paxton - the actor known for a wide array of roles over the course of his 40-year career in Hollywood - has passed away unexpectedly.
He was 61 years old.
Paxton's family broke the news of the beloved TV and film star's death in a statement issued just moments ago.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement reads.
Details are scarce, and the statement offered no information with regard to the nature of the surgical procedure.
Paxton starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of the '80s and '90s, including Twister, Titanic, and Aliens.
He also gave unforgettable performances in a number of highly-acclaimed films that have since come to be considered classics.
Tombstone, Apollo 13, and A Simple Plan are just a few of Bill's roles that made him one of the all-time greats in the business.
In addition to his film work, Paxton was also a highly regarded television actor, especially within the last decade.
He played the lead in HBO's critically-acclaimed and fan-beloved polygamy drama Big Love for five seasons.
Paxton was also nominated an Emmy for his work in the 2012 miniseries The Hatfields and the McCoys.
Bill was starring in the CBS series Training Day at the time of his death.
"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," the statement from the Paxton family reads.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955, Paxton was present at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
A photo of an 8-year-old Bill being lifted onto his father's shoulders still hangs in a museum commemorating the assassination.
Paxton played a number of bit parts in low-budget films upon first moving to Hollywood before landing his big break.
It was after making the acquaintance of a young director named James Cameron on the set 1984's The Terminator that his career really took off.
Paxton went on to star in some of Cameron's best-known films, including Titanic, a movie that shattered every box office record in the books.
Upon its release in 1997, no film had made nearly as much money as the epic love story, which remains a classic two decades later.
Among action film fanatics, Paxton's varied and widely successful body of work has earned him this fun distinction:
He is one of only two actors to be confronted by a Terminator (The Terminator), a Xenomorph (Aliens), and a Predator (Predator 2).
Tributes to Paxton from family, friends, and fans began pouring in on Twitter just minutes after news of his death went public.
Instantly, grieving fans have made him the world's number one trending topic, which is a testament to the impact of his life.
Paxton is survived by a wife and two children. Our thoughts are with them and all of his family and friends at this time.
UPDATE: The actor reportedly underwent heart surgery and died of a stroke afterward, according to TMZ.
La La Land is one of the most successful movies of the year.
It's evident that it's going to be a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 Academy Awards.
But will it win EVERYthing? Scroll down for our predictions.
1. Best Picture: La La Land
La La Land has been critically and commercially successful since it was released and for good reason. It has already racked up a string of awards and nominations. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have this one in the can.
2. Best Director: La La Land
Damien Chazelle is up against some stiff competition in this category, but there's no denying that La La Land was a visual masterpiece. He should have no trouble eking out the win.
3. Best Actor: Casey Affleck
The only real competition in this category is between Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington. With Casey's continued praise, he seems poised to take the win.
4. Best Actress: Emma Stone
Emma turned in a riveting performance in La La Land. In fact, she turns in a perfect performance whichever movie she appears in. Trust us, this one is as slam dunk as they come.
5. Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel
Patel has come a long way since his days of playing an angsty teen on Skins. He should win this award for his performance in Lion.
6. Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Viola is an awards darling who continues to move from a successful movie to another. Her career has been great and her performance in Fences shows that she is showing no signs of slowing down.