The Bachelorette

She might not have been the one for Bachelor Jason Mesnick but Jillian Harris definitely captured audience attention with her Canadian ease and charm.  Now the Alberta native will have her chance to find love when – for the first time ever in the series’ history – a Canadian Bachelorette has 30 bachelors competing for her affections.  Season five of the romantic reality series The Bachelorette premieres May 18 on Citytv.

“Given the success of the latest season of The Bachelor and the way audiences across North America embraced Jillian on the show, we expect the upcoming season of The Bachelorette to do extremely well with Canadian audiences.” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President Programming, Rogers Media Television.

Over the course of the newest season of The Bachelorette, the vivacious 29 year old restaurant interior designer who currently resides in Vancouver, B.C., takes 30 would be suitors on an adrenaline fueled romantic ride. Canada becomes Jillian’s personal playground as she takes some of the bachelors to her hometown of Vancouver, ziplining through a mountain in Whistler and the ride of a lifetime aboard The Rocky Mountaineer. The excitement continues with some of the most adventurous dates ever including jetting to California, Hawaii and Spain.

With five additional Bachelors this season, bringing the number from 25 to 30, ranging from tall dark and handsome city boys to country crooners, dueling dancers and scene stealers, Jillian has some difficult decisions to make.  Each week, the bachelors who don’t measure up with be eliminated.  At the end of the journey the Bachelorette may find true love, but after all of this will he pop the question and will she say yes?

Season Premiere Episode

25 eligible men arrive from all over the country in an attempt to win Jillian’s heart, including an Olympic cyclist, a break dance instructor, a pizza entrepreneur, a commercial pilot and a wine maker, as well as a successful lawyer, general contractor, business developer and oil and gas consultant.  Jillian is treated to displays of affection including a country song to a dance off as she sets out to find a bachelor worthy of the first impression rose.  As if she didn’t have her work cut out for her already, in a stunning twist five additional bachelors arrive and crash the party.

In the end, Jillian presents her “first impression” rose to the man who managed to stand out in the crowd of eligible contenders.  Although Jillian has found her footing and is confident that her future husband is among the bunch, she must eliminate ten of the 20 bachelors leaving 20 men to vie for her heart.

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Citytv makes it easier for fans to be a part of Jillian’s journey this spring. Visit www.Citytv.com for extensive Bachelorette coverage.

· Have your say on Jillian’s quest for love and weigh in on our weekly Bachelorette poll question.
· Join The Bachelorette online pool and you make the call as to who will get a rose and who will be sent home.  Play weekly for your chance to win great prizes and your chance at the grand prize… A DIAMOND RING! 
· Log on for live chats powered by Scribble Live every Monday night… whether you are chatting at home, on MSN, Facebook or Twitter, we want to hear what you have to say about each episode.
· Plus, check out The Single File Blog as CityNews.ca resident reporter Suzanne Ellis blogs about her take on Jillian, the bachelors and the drama on dating 20 guys at the same time all from the perspective of a single gal in the city!

Broadcast Schedule is as follows:

Citytv Toronto    Monday, May 18 at 9pm ET (s/ABC) Moves to 8pm ET starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Winnipeg  Monday, May 18 at 8pm CT (s/ABC)Moves to 7pm CT starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Calgary  Monday, May 18 at 9pm MT

Citytv Edmonton Monday, May 18 at 9pm MT

Citytv Vancouver  Monday, May 18 at 9pm PT (s/ABC) Moves to 8pm PT starting Monday, May 25

Note: Weekly Episodes of The Bachelorette are 2 hours in length

For the first time ever in The Bachelorette series’ history – a Canadian Bachelorette has 30 bachelors competing for her affections.  Citytv is making it easier than ever for fans to be a part of Jillian’s exciting journey with the exclusive and interactive Bachelorette microsite at www.Citytv.com which launched earlier today.

“Citytv is thrilled to be able to offer Canadian viewers a variety of ways to experience this season of The Bachelorette” commented Andrea Galiardi, GM Web, Rogers Media Television. “We want to give Citytv viewers an opportunity to engage with the show through a number of interactive activities such as our live blog, weekly polls and online Bachelorette fantasy pool.”

Viewers can now visit www.Citytv.com for extensive Bachelorette coverage and activities.  Audiences can have their say and weigh in on the weekly Bachelorette poll questions. Jillian doesn’t have to be the only one bringing in the bling this season. Viewers can take a shot at predicting the last bachelor standing with The Bachelorette online pool and play weekly for fantastic prizes and a shot at the grand prize… a DIAMOND RING.

Got something to say about The Bachelorette? Want to know what others think as the drama unfolds? Log on for up to the minute live chats powered by Scribble live, during the primetime Bachelorette broadcast, to have a say as it happens.  Plus, check out The Single File blog as CityNews.ca resident reporter Suzanne Ellis blogs about her take on Jillian, the bachelors and the drama on dating several guys at the same time all from the perspective of a single gal in the city!

About The Bachelorette:

Over the course of the newest season of The Bachelorette Canada’s own Jillian Harris, the vivacious 29 year old restaurant interior designer, takes 30 would be suitors on an adrenaline fueled romantic ride. Canada becomes Jillian’s personal playground as she takes some of the bachelors to her hometown of Vancouver, ziplining through a mountain in Whistler and the ride of a lifetime aboard The Rocky Mountaineer. The excitement continues with some of the most adventurous dates ever including jetting to California, Hawaii and Spain.  Each week, the bachelors who don’t measure up with be eliminated.  At the end of the journey the Bachelorette may find true love, but after all of this will he pop the question and will she say yes?

Broadcast Schedule is as follows (s/ABC):

Citytv Toronto Monday, May 18 at 9pm ET – Moves to 8pm ET starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Winnipeg Monday, May 18 at 8pm CT – Moves to 7pm CT starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Calgary Monday, May 18 at 8pm MT – Moves to 9pm MT starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Edmonton Monday, May 18 at 8pm MTMoves to 9pm MT starting Monday, May 25

Citytv Vancouver Monday, May 18 at 9pm PT – Moves to 8pm PT starting Monday, May 25

Note: Weekly Episodes of The Bachelorette are 2 hours in length

New Series Starts in May

In case you haven’t heard our Canadian Bachelor hopeful Jillian has been named the next Bachelorette for the upcoming fifth season of the romantic, unscripted series.

Watch for the roses, the dates, the hook-ups and the heartaches when Jillian meets 25 new men of her own on the most dramatic edition of The Bachelorette this May on Citytv!

“The Bachelorette” moves to joins the Monday night programming line up on Citytv effective Monday, June 2, 2008.

“The Bachelorette” – Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:

Citytv Toronto 8:00pm ET (Simulcast with ABC)
Citytv Winnipeg 7:00pm CT (Simulcast with ABC)
Citytv Calgary 9:00pm MT (Simulcast with ABC)
Citytv Edmonton 9:00pm MT (Simulcast with ABC)
Citytv Vancouver 8:00pm PT (Simulcast with ABC)

Millions of viewers watched DeAnna Pappas, 26, suffer through a painful, last-minute rejection at the end of the eleventh season of “The Bachelor,” earning her the sympathy of women everywhere. Now, DeAnna will have the last laugh as the tables are turned and she gets to choose from among 25 handsome and intelligent bachelors in her own bid for true love. She will travel to exotic locations, spend time getting to know these men, introduce them to her family and friends and meet some of theirs. At the end of her romantic journey, if she has found Mr. Right, will she propose to him, and will he say yes?

Please note: “American Gladiators”, now in one hour episodes, moves timeslots in order to accommodate “The Bachelorette” simulcast. There will be no episode of “American Gladiators” on Monday, June 2nd and the following broadcast schedule takes effect Monday, June 9th:

“American Gladiators” – Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:

Citytv Toronto 7:00 pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg 10:00pm CT
Citytv Calgary 7:00pm MT
Citytv Edmonton 7:00pm MT
Citytv Vancouver 7:00pm PT

Please note the following changes as of Monday, July 14th:

“American Gladiators” – Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:

Citytv Toronto 8:00pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg 7:00pm CT
Citytv Calgary 9:00pm MT
Citytv Edmonton 9:00pm MT
Citytv Vancouver 8:00pm PT

Spend your Monday nights with Citytv, for your weekly doses of romance on “The Bachelorette” and the hard-hitting action of “American Gladiators”.

DeAnna Papas is putting her heart on the line once more when the fourth season of “The Bachelorette” premieres with a two-hour episode, Thursday, May 22, 2008 on Citytv.

Millions of viewers watched the 26 year-old beauty, DeAnna Pappas, suffer through a painful, last-minute rejection by Brad Womack on the eleventh season of “The Bachelor” — earning her the sympathy of women everywhere. DeAnna made ‘Bachelor’ history, when she was one of the last women standing on a season where, for the first time ever, ‘The Bachelor’ didn’t choose either of the final women. In the fourth installment of the popular romantic reality series, the tables are turned as DeAnna has 25 bachelors of her own vying for her affection.

DeAnna, a real estate agent from Newnan, Georgia, comes face to face with 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. Her suitors range from a sweet single dad, a hunky professional football player who is saving himself for marriage, a handsome science teacher, a sexy professional basketball player loaded with southern charm and an intense romantic who isn’t afraid to confront the other men about their intentions. Despite their differences, the men have one thing in common – they are all here to win the DeAnna’s heart. Papas has her work cut out for her in the premiere episode as she must eliminate ten of the 25 bachelors, leaving 15 men to compete for her heart.

DeAnna’s 25 suitors are:

Brian W. (Texas), 31, high school football coach from Weatherford, TX.
Brian W. (Indiana), 29, computer network consultant from New Castle, IN.
Chandler, 25, insurance representative from Spotsylvania, VA.
Chris, 29, medical sales from Dallas, TX.
Donato, 26, sales representative from Charleston, SC.
Eric, 31, senior analyst, Boston, MA.
Fred, 30, lawyer, Chicago, IL.
Graham, 29, professional basketball player from Raleigh, NC.
Greg, 28, personal trainer from New York, NY.
Jeffrey, 27, math teacher from Orlando, FL.
Jeremy, 30, real estate attorney from Dallas, TX.
Jesse, 25, professional snowboarder from Breckenridge, CO.
Jason, 31, account executive from Kirkland, WA.
Jon, 35, resort manager from Surfside Beach, SC.
Luke, 27, oyster farmer from Folly Beach, SC.
Patrick C., 26, financial analyst from Glenwood, IL.
Patrick D., 27, internet marketer from Elmhurst, IL.
Paul, 23, sales manager from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Richard, 27, science teacher from Binghamton, NY.
Robert, 28, chef from San Francisco, CA.
Ron, 36, barber shop owner from Kansas City, MO.
Ryan, 28, professional football player from Lakeville, MN.
Sean, 33, martial arts master from Crestwood, KY.
Spero, 38, actor from Santa Monica, CA.

Twilley, 33, software programmer from Tulsa, OK.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, David Bohnert and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.

Will ‘The Bachelorette’ find her happily-ever-after? Find out on the two-hour season premiere of “The Bachelorette” Thursday, May 22, 2008 on Citytv.