By EW Staff
December 20, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
The Bachelorette: Bob D'Amico/ABC

What’s new about ”The Bachelor”


PREMIERE 9 p.m. Jan. 8 (”The Bachelorette”), March 2003 (”The Bachelor”)

WHAT’S NEW On the tables-turned series ”The Bachelorette,” fans know exactly what they’re getting: Trista Rehn, the runner-up on the first ”Bachelor,” gets her pick of 25 suitors to woo or spurn as she pleases. ”What better way to convince guys to apply for the show than to have a known quantity like Trista?” asks creator Mike Fleiss. ”So many people responded to her on the first show, she was an obvious choice.” It’s too soon to say if the choices will be just as obvious on ”The Bachelor,” and there’s no word about who the bachelor might be. However, considering what an improvement season 2’s Aaron was on the smarmy Alex, it seems fair to have high hopes.

WHY WE CARE ”The Bachelorette” is likely to balance the hormones a bit; we can only hope Trista has a little fun administering payback to any cretin who reminds her of Alex. As for ”The Bachelor,” you can’t beat it for goopy romance, uncomfortable moments (who can forget Aaron squirming within Heather’s underwater leglock?), and shrill meltdowns.