‘The Bachelorette’: Emily Maynard forces out CBS show

How much of a force is Emily Maynard to be reckoned with? Let’s just say that the decision by ABC to schedule “The Bachelorette” finale on Sunday, July 22 is forcing other networks to make some pretty key changes to their own schedule.

On Thursday, CBS announced that it was pushing back the start of its new dating show “3” — which is about three women trying to navigate the dating waters and find love — for a week in order to not have to compete against Emily handing out her final rose. “3” will still have a nice lead-in courtesy of “Big Brother 14,” but it’s not clear if it is going to fare better than the dismal performance of “Dogs in the City,” the other new show that CBS has tried to plug on the air this summer.

There is some major irony when it comes to to the launch of “3,” mostly when it comes to the rather nasty battle that CBS and ABC have been engaged in when it comes to “Big Brother” and “The Glass House.” Some felt that the move of “The Bachelorette” finale to the 22nd was a way to sink “3” similar to how CBS tried desperately to crush a show that they felt was a “Big Brother” knock-off in every sense of the word. The different here is that “3” at least seems to be somewhat of an original property, since the whole “people finding love on TV” concept existed far before “the Bachelor” franchise did. Nonetheless, this sort of posturing for attention between CBS and ABC is getting almost as entertaining as some of their actual programming.

On this Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” Emily will continue to debate between her final three guys on the island of Curacao — Sean Lowe, Jef Holm and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Who do you think she will choose? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and check out our recent discussion on who should be the next “Bachelor.”

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