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'Bachelor Pad': Tenley Molzahn, other dating show castoffs look for love again

The Bachelor (tv program)ABCChris HarrisonBig Brother (tv program)Survivor (tv program)Melissa Rycroft

If someone isn’t chosen by "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," that’s not necessarily the end of the line.

Editions of both of those unscripted series have proven that by bringing back some "players," and now, there’s added evidence. Premiering Monday, Aug. 9, the ABC spinoff "Bachelor Pad" gathers 19 castoffs from the other two shows under one roof and gives them another chance for love … and for $250,000, thanks to a series of challenges they’re put through. Also in a "Survivor"/"Big Brother" vein, people will be voted out of the house.

"These people remain popular," executive producer Mike Fleiss says, "and they were hooking up and doing things that the tabloids were writing about, so why wouldn’t we try to make a show around that? They’ve created this very intense subculture. The shared experience brings them together and forms these very intense relationships.

"When we started hearing that 70 of them were meeting in Vegas for the weekend, or that 100 of them were going on a cruise together, we decided to create a show around that phenomenon," Fleiss explains. "What if some of them get a shot at each other? We give them that chance, and I think viewers will be happy when they see what happens here."

The "Bachelor Pad" tenants span various seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and one of the most recent is Tenley Molzahn, rejected earlier this year by "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka in favor of Vienna Girardi. That couple’s extremely public breakup culminated last month in a televised, much-discussed "exit interview."

Molzahn terms her original "Bachelor" stint "probably one of the best experiences of my life, having come out of it so healed from past hurts, even before Jake. When he said goodbye, I had the peace of knowing we were not meant to be together. I was happy and ready to face life again, and because it was so positive, all my family and friends were on board with me (about doing 'Bachelor Pad’)."

A "Bachelor Pad" co-host alongside "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" staple Chris Harrison is Melissa Rycroft, who was chosen by Jason Mesnick in season 13 of "The Bachelor." Now married, Rycroft couldn’t be a player on "Bachelor Pad," but she’s arguably happier to be its co-host instead.

"I still can’t believe that they wanted me to do this," Rycroft says of her role on the show, which already has been fully taped except for the finale. "I learned a lot, and I hope to do more things like this in the future."

"Chris became a great friend of mine after I did 'The Bachelor.’ He was always very nice and sweet to me, then when we started working on this, he made it a very comfortable atmosphere. I almost wish it had taken longer, so that we had more time to hang out."

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