Ben Flajnik’s ‘Bachelor’ set to begin — should we care?

Starting up again.

Every year around this time, we prepare for what is ultimately an inevitable practice of reality TV — a man comes out hoping to fall in love, and then countless suitors try and win over their heart. “The Bachelor” has become a bit of a tired-and-true TV tradition, and regardless of the opinion of anyone the show continues to go on strong.

So this year, should we really even care? Monday’s show features the arrival of Ben Flajnik — a man who seemed likable enough on Ashley Hebert’s summer show, and also seemed to be genuinely upset when she decided to become engaged to J.P. Rosenbaum rather than to him. As much as we say that someone is “likable,” though, the entire season comes down to the crop of contestants. This is what made Brad Womack’s season dull and forgettable, but it is what also made Jake Pavelka’s turn one of the most entertaining we have seen. There was not only drama with the winner (in Vienna Girardi), but also drama with behind the scenes when a woman named Rozlyn Papa was booted from the competition for having an “inappropriate relationship” with someone in production. (We admit that the production drama actually interests us the most with this show, mainly because you’re trying to use matters of the heart to tell a story — something much more complicated than a monetary prize.)

Does “The Bachelor” still entertain you, or do you think that the quality of this show really depends on the quality of its cast? As one last nitpick, we would love to see some more contestants who aren’t models or past beauty queens — and we’d also love some real diversity here. Remember, sometimes love can pop up in unexpected places!

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