CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In advance of the debut next month of “The Bachelorette,” ABC has released some details of this season’s show: Charlotte’s Emily Maynard, the bachelorette, gets a scene with the Muppets.
ABC says Maynard and a group of her suitors perform in a charity event with Kermit, Miss Piggy and other Muppets as part of the series, which debuts at 9:30 May 14 (Channel 9).
Thematically, Maynard will be apparently cast in classic southern stereotype. A statement from the network’s publicity department says she will greet her beaus “at a southern mansion” in Charlotte and describes Maynard as a “southern belle,” although in fact she grew up in Morgantown, W.Va., which lies six miles south of the Mason-Dixon line and was Union territory in the Civil War.
As she eliminates undesirable partners week-to-week, Maynard and her retinue will travel to various destinations, including Bermuda, London and Prague. ABC says Maynard will also take one of the potential mates “to one of Emily’s favorite places – Dollywood,” where they will be serenaded by Dolly Parton.
In one stunt, Maynard and a bachelor scale the side of the Mint Museum Uptown (ABC describes it as “a tall building;” in truth, it’s five stories), then are sung to by country star Luke Bryan.
Among the men Maynard will get to chose from are a biology teacher, a mushroom farmer, a marine biologist, a party DJ and a former pro football player. One guy arrives at the initial meeting with Maynard in a helicopter. ABC says it will release the names of her suitors soon.
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