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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Courtesy photo) Jef Holm meets Emily Maynard for the first time on "The Bachelorette."
Monday on Utah TV: Do you want to marry a "Bachelorette" who does overnighters?

It's hard for me to write anything about The Bachelorette (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) without being snarky - but I'll try.

According to ABC, in tonight's episode "Emily sweeps the final three men awy to the romantic paradise of Curacao, but must struggle with her conscience when it comes to agreeing to the overnight portion of the dates."

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Let's just accept, for a moment, the premise of the show - that you can find true love on a reality TV show - as fact.

If you're one of the three guys (including Utahn Jef Holm), do you really want to marry a woman who's struggling with her conscience over sleeping with multiple men?

I don't get it.

Here is ABC's description of the Jef portion of the episode:

"Emily treats Jef to an afternoon on the high seas, sailing aboard Curacao's luxurious Insulinde. The couple shares a romantic paddleboard ride to Klein Knip, a secluded white sand beach. That night, they reunite for a private dinner along the seashore. But despite the chemistry between them, Jef is focused on the big picture, including Emily's daughter, Ricki. Is he a natural fit to complete Emily's family? Will Emily and this smooth bachelor allow themselves to give into their passions in the 'fantasy suite' or will she ask Jef not to spend the night?"

Which points to another problem with this season of "The Bachelorette." We're supposed to accept that one man - let alone a bunch of men - would fall in love with and, potentially, propose to Emily Maynard without meeting her daughter?

That's insane.

I'm not suggesting the child should introduced to all these guys. Or any of these guys. On the contrary, children do not belong on reality shows under any circumstances - there is a long list of horrifying examples of what can go wrong. And, frankly, I don't have much respect for Maynard for allowing her daughter to appear on the show, as she has several times.

Adults can choose for themselves whether they want to appear on reality TV. Kids can't. And should not be used as pawns in a ratings game.

Period.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Fear Factor (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Contestants face leeches in this highly intellectual show.

Hell's Kitchen (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) and MasterChef (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The cooking competitions continue.

The Closer (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Brenda thinks she's finally cornered Philip Stroh.

American Ninja Warrior (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The first stage of the finals.

Lost Girl (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Turns out Nadia is cursed.

Perception (8 p.m., TNT): Eric McCormack stars as a schizophrenic genius who helps solve crimes in this new series.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (9 p.m., ABC Family): Everybody has ideas for Amy and Ricky's wedding.

Bunheads (10 p.m., ABC Family): Michelle searches for a new place to live.

Teen Wolf (11 p.m., MTV): Can Jackson's friends save him despite the fact that he keeps turning into a big, murderous lizard?



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