THE SHOW "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love"
WHEN | WHERE Monday night at 8 on ABC/7
THE DEAL Fans of this reality franchise, where the lovelorn search for The One, already know this season's bachelor, commercial pilot Jake Pavelka. He was on the most recent edition of "The Bachelorette" when Jillian Harris stunned the audience by not picking him. Harris and her fiance, Ed Swiderski, return on "The Bachelor" to advise Pavelka and make an announcement.
WHAT HAPPENS The 14th installment features the usual - long-stemmed roses and 25 women yearning to become the bride. As expected, the women aren't shy. Upon meeting Pavelka, one dons a revealing flight attendant's uniform, and another grabs him to play touch football. In what sounds like a 1962 frat boy's fantasy, it's soon barefoot, evening attired brunettes versus blondes in a football scrimmage.
The first night, 10 women will be eliminated from the contest. Those remaining will go on dates that include seeing Jon Lovitz at a comedy club, a concert by Chicago and having an amusement park to themselves. One woman will be chosen to take the plunge with Pavelka - in a bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Pavelka takes two women to Napa Valley, and one accompanies him to the top of San Francisco's Coit Tower. The three finalists are treated to a trip to St. Lucia.
JAKE'S IDEAL DATE? "I don't want to blow somebody away too early," he explains. "If I had just met somebody in a Starbucks, maybe a picnic, something a little more heartfelt. If a relationship is going for six months, something really strong. Maybe send a limousine to pick her up on a Friday. A scavenger hunt, leave a rose at every stop, make it progressive, and have it stop at the airport and have a dinner in another city. It's one of the fringe benefits of being a pilot."