There's nothing like an unrequited suitor to get things rolling on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."
This time, we have Sean Lowe, whose dreams of love were dashed by Morgantown, W.Va.'s Emily Maynard last season on "The Bachelorette." The Texan is suitably hunky and shirtless, as profiled at the top of Episode 1, which airs Jan. 7 on ABC.
The love of his life just might be one of the 25 young contestants on this 17th cycle of rose ceremonies: "I believe she's out there, and I can't wait to find her," he said.
It might be Pittsburgh's Brooke Burchette, 25. In the season-opener, the community organizer has a Dorothy Dandridge air of glamour to her as she glides from a limo to meet Mr. Lowe.
This season's cast has the usual assortment of yoga instructors, singers and marketing specialists. It also has a young woman named Ashley, who claims to be obsessed with "Fifty Shades of Grey." During the meet-cute portion of the program, she pulls a man's necktie from the depths of her cleavage, like a magician doing a parlor trick.
To his credit, The Bachelor appears to have no idea what this means.
• Autumn Cook continues the tradition of Pittsburghers on Syfy's "Face Off," a reality program featuring special effects makeup artists. Ms. Cook, 25, describes herself as an artist, sculptor and fabricator on her Facebook page. The New Kensington native attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
"Face Off" returns Jan. 15.
• On "Ink Master" (Spike TV, Tuesdays), it was another tough week for Pittsburgh's Sarah Miller. She was stumped by a flash challenge: The artists had to paint guitars owned by rocker/host David Navarro.
Halfway through, Ms. Miller tried to start over, and the result was rather an inky black mess. In the elimination challenge, the trick was to do an animal tattoo with depth. Her wolf was praised by the judges, but the manner in which she framed one side of it -- with what looked like a black cover tattoo -- landed her in the bottom two.
Yet the judges also had issues with the wolf done by Jamie Davies of Redding, Calif., and he was sent home. They also mocked him for not having any tattoos himself; these guys are delightfully harsh.
"Ink Master" is Spike TV's highest-rated series, and recently ordered a third season of the show. It will debut next summer.
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