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TV Note: 'Bachelor' proposes a live-in trial period

Saturday, April 27, 2002

"The Bachelor" is still a bachelor.

Alex Michel, the star of ABC's guilty pleasure reality series, picked Amanda Marsh from among 25 women who had competed for the chance to marry him.

But during Thursday night's season finale, he didn't give Marsh the Harry Winston diamond engagement ring he'd chosen. He pulled it from his pocket and showed it to her but then told her he'd hang onto it and asked her to move to California to live with him.

"Before we walk down the aisle together, I want to make sure we feel the same way about each other outside the fancy world of mansions and limousines," he said. Marsh cried, threw her arms around him and agreed.

Michel chose Marsh, a 23-year-old event planner from Chanute, Kan., over the other finalist, Trista Rehn, a physical therapist and dancer for the NBA's Miami Heat.

"You have made my heart race since the first day," he told Rehn, 29. "I've enjoyed every moment that we've spent together, but I don't think we're meant to spend our lives together."

She glared at him and later cried as she was driven away in a limousine.

The season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" drew the highest ratings of its six-episode run, as some 18.1 million people tuned in.

ABC's much-hyped reality series came in second in its time slot to CBS's ratings juggernaut "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which drew 23.4 million viewers.

(Christy Lemire, Associated Press)

GM, 'Dateline' bury hatchet

A decade after "Dateline NBC" got in trouble for staging a collision to illustrate fire dangers in a General Motors truck, the newsmagazine and automaker have apparently made peace.

Rick Serviatis, president of the automaker's in-house advertising firm, GM Media Works, was a guest at a luncheon thrown by NBC to mark the newsmagazine's 10th anniversary on Monday.

Serviatis was given a seat at a table between NBC chairman Robert Wright and "Dateline NBC" anchor Jane Pauley. Wright, in a speech, noted Serviatis' presence, joking that "GM was such a part of the early promotional scheme."

Serviatis declined to comment.


Channel surfing

Prepare for another nostalgic walk down TV land's memory lane: Fox announced yesterday it will air a "M*A*S*H" reunion special May 17 at 8 p.m. Most of the original cast will participate, including Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, and Loretta Swit. Although the series aired on CBS, it was produced by Fox ... PCNC will air a debate between gubernatorial candidates tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Democrat Ed Rendell will debate Republican Mike Fisher. As of yesterday, Democrat Bob Casey was not confirmed as a participant.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

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