The Bachelor(ette) Franchise and (Un)reality

Dr. Shannon Davies Mancus and Kim Pendleton
Saturday, August 13th, 1–3pm

In the first installment of our Saturday Morning Television series, we’ll be dishing about theBachelor(ette) franchise, paying especially close attention to the current season. We’ll look at what it means to be the “perfect woman” or “perfect man” on the series, and talk about how the unreality of reality television affects our perception of everyday life. Our conversation will range from gender theory to television production tricks to discussions about what it means that we love to hate at least one contestant each season (lookin’ at you, Chad).  Die hard series fans and newbies alike welcome to drink mimosas, eat pastries, laugh, and undertake a nerdy examination of what it means to have a “guilty pleasure.”