What would compel a couple of married guys to launch a weekly podcast dedicated to ABC's (sort of) reality dating show, The Bachelor?
I did not have an answer to that question, so I contacted Jon Seidl, one of the co-hosts of "Married Guys Talk The Bachelor," the new podcast from TheBlaze.
Jon and his cohort, Steve Krakauer (VP of Digital Content at TheBlaze), are the aforementioned married guys who are also unabashed fans of the show. And, they plan to recap each week's episode and share their insights with you and thousands of other Blaze readers and Bachelor fans.
If you have not guessed, The Bachelor is not a show on my "must-watch" list. Ever. The idea of corralling a group of women (or alternately - men) who claim that they are looking to get married and parading them past a man (or alternately - a woman) who professes to have a similar interest -- and then televising it each week -- seemed beyond bizarre to me.
And yet, the show is in its 15 season on ABC, with no sign of ending in my lifetime.
Additionally, last Monday night's three-hour season premiere (THREE HOURS!), drew 7.7 million viewers and helped ABC win the night in the coveted 18-34-year-old demographic. It was also the night's "most social" show, recording nearly a quarter of a million tweets.
Reading the ratings data and seeing the strength displayed by the show as it went head to head with original content on CBS, NBC and Fox, I wondered..."What do Jon and Steve know that I don't?"
Seidl agreed to take a little gentle ribbing about his love of the show and spoke with me on Saturday's edition of "Pure Opelka" on TheBlaze Radio.
Listen to the interview with TheBlaze.com's Deputy Managing Editor, Jon Seidl. (The conversation starts at the 20-minute mark of the show.)
In the light-hearted chat, we talked about how he got hooked into a show that doesn't really seem to be targeting married guys who, like Jon, go duck hunting, participate in those "Tough Mudder" competitions and watch a lot of NFL games on the weekend. (Spoiler alert: Jon blames his Bachelor addiction on his dad. Father and son exchange text messages about the show, during each episode.)
Seidl also shared what was going through his mind when a substantial earthquake shook TheBlaze offices in Dallas, as they were recording the show.
While I still have zero room on my schedule for this show -- not even on my DVR -- I will probably find the time to listen to my pals' podcast each week...Because, that's what real men do.
Check out the entire debut episode of "Married Guys Talk The Bachelor" podcast here.
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