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I've been told that there are two ways to deal with "The Bachelor." Either ignore it, or watch it like the farce that it is. Don't take it seriously. Laugh at it.
We know it's fake. We know it's phony. We know, for example, that the producers sometimes loop the dialogue that they deliberately deceive viewers by putting in audio to replace what was actually said.
I do my best to ignore it, but my job is to watch TV so that's not altogether possible. Particularly because Utahns keep showing up among the herd of women every season.
Fortunately (for me), most of those Utah women don't last long. Although a couple have made headlines for all the wrong reasons because they come across as completely terrible human beings.
(Michelle Money is now co-hosting "Good Things Utah" on KTVX-Ch. 4, so coming across as a terrible human being has its advantages.)
My objection to the current season of "The Bachelor," which concludes tonight at 7 p.m. on ABC/Ch. 4, is that it offers such a loathsome example for young women.
The bachelor, Ben, is torn between Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher. He's in love with both of them, he insists, making his choice difficult.
And yet, we're teased, he will propose to one of them in the finale and she will accept.
What self-respecting woman would agree to marry a man who has just told another woman he loves her? How little respect must this woman have for herself?
How little respect does "The Bachelor" have for women in general?
If this was one of my daughters, I'd be extremely unhappy. OK, I'd be having a stroke.
Looking for love on a TV show is a joke under any circumstances. Under these circumstances, it's repugnant.
By the way, if you watch the accompanying video, there's plenty to be sickened by there, too. Not just the recap, but the fact that ABC News staffers alleged journalists are gushing about "The Bachelor." It's embarrassing.
Elsewhere on TV ...
• "Supergirl" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kara becomes a very different person after she's exposed to red kryptonite.
• "The Voice" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Blind auditions conclude; the battle rounds begin.
• "Gotham" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Alfred and Selina help Bruce try to find his parents' killer; Gordon questions Edward Nygma about Kristen Kringle's disappearance.
• "Angie Tribeca" (7 p.m., TBS): An airline passenger arrives dead at LAX, so the crew goes undercover aboard a plane to catch the culprit.
• "Major Crimes" (7 and 8 p.m., TNT): In the conclusion of a fiv-eparter, the number of suspects is narrowed down. (Season finale).
• "Scorpion" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): After Los Angeles' blood supply is sabotaged, the team must find the perpetrator to save a young girl in need of a heart transplant.
• "Lucifer" (8 p.m., Ch. 13): Lucifer experiences his first pangs of jealousy.
• "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A convicted Cuban spy escapes U.S. custody just before he is set to be exchanged.
• "Blind Spot" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The team must uncover a mole in the FBI .
• "The Fosters" (9 p.m., FreeForm): Callie is a character witness for a friend trying to regain custody of her daughter; the twins try to help their birth father.
• "Bates Motel" (10 p.m., A&E): Norma and Norman face off as they suspect each other of horrible actions
• "Recovery Road" (10 p.m., FreeForm): Maddie and Charlotte meet Rebecca's wealty family and are horrified to see how they treat Rebecca for being in rehab.
• "The Magicians" (10 p.m., Syfy): Quentin, Alice, Eliot and Penny travel to England in search of a missing magic button.
• "Damien" (11 p.m, A&E): Damien becomes a target for several conspiracies
• "Better Call Saul" (11 p.m., AMC): Jimmy is frustrated with his restrictive work environment.
• "Lost Girl" (11 p.m., Syfy): A shocking discovery forces Bo to make a difficult decision.