Matt James is taking over as The Bachelor on ABC starting tonight, January 4.
His season, per usual, teases plenty of drama, and since we’ve been cooped up at home for far too long, we’ve never been thirstier for the tea.
Before The Bachelor Season 25 kicks off, here are fun facts you need to know about the man of the hour!
1. He’s the First Black Bachelor
While speaking with Good Morning America, James said it was an “honor” to be the first Black bachelor in the franchise.
“I hope people see that I’m not that much different than them, and that diverse love stories are beautiful,” he explained.
For years, the franchise was criticized for its lack of diversity with Rachel Lindsay being the only Black lead in a combined 40 seasons.
2. He’s a North Carolina Native
James lives in New York, but he grew up in Raleigh, NC.
3. He’s Athletic
James played football in Sanderson High School and continued on in Wake Forest University. He was a wide receiver from 2011-2014 and attempted to make it in the NFL, though he was cut by both the North Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.
According to his Instagram, an athletic lifestyle is very important to him as he runs, goes horseback riding, plays golf, and even skates. Seems like his perfect girl will have to be athletic and adventurous.
This also means he loves to walk around shirtless!
As the saying goes, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” The 29-year-old has it, and he definitely flaunts it. Let’s hope he carries that energy into the upcoming season!
4. He’s Besties with Tyler Cameron
James isn’t completely new to the world of The Bachelor as he’s really good friends with Tyler Cameron, the fan favorite on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. The duo go way back as they met while playing football at Wake Forest University and have remained tight ever since even rooming together in New York City. Can we expect some appearances from Cameron in the upcoming season?
5. He Gives Back
James started ABC Food Tours in New York, a non-profit organizations that gives paying tours to tourists and free tours to underserved elementary students.
6. His Faith is Very Important
Not only does his Instagram bio list him as a “believer,” but he said “becoming a Christian” was one of the best decisions he ever made aside from attending Wake Forest.
“He’s a Christian and I think that’s something that’s important to all Christians or people of faith,” a source told US Weekly. “I think he’s definitely focused on the traditional way of starting a family.”
7. He Has a Close Relationship with His Mom
According to US Weekly, after his parents split and his father was “absent,” James grew up with his mom, Patty James, and older brother, John. James and his mom have a very strong bond. He even shouted her out in a “father’s day” post on Instagram.
“He was always drawn to families where the mom and dad were together,” Patty told ABC’s New York affiliate in June 2019 while chatting about her son’s ABC Food Tours charity. “I am so proud of him. He overcame everything and he wants to be a role model for these kids.”
‘The Bold Type’ Announces Final Season Premiere Date
Mandatory meeting in the fashion closet.
The Bold Type previously announced that its fifth season will be its last, and now, we have a premiere date!
Freeform announced the series will return on Wednesday, May 26!
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) April 8, 2021
Per the synopsis, Kat, Jane, and Sutton are “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world.”
Season 4 ended prematurely on July 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a refresher, the season ended with Sutton and Richard splitting, Kat hooking up with Eva despite the two sharing significantly different political views and then calling things off, and Jane challenging Jacqueline on a controversial story that involved her husband while also possibly crushing on one of her writers.
The upcoming final season will be miniature in size as it will only feature six episodes.
Younger Season 7 Trailer: Does Liza Have a New Man in Her Life?
Younger is ready to turn the final page!
Ahead of the seventh and final season, Paramount+ released a lengthy two-minute trailer that gives fans a glimpse of how it all ends.
The clip opens with a flashback to Charles (Peter Hermann) asking Liza (Sutton Foster) to marry him during the season 6 finale.
But, of course, it’s unclear if Liza accepted the proposal as the next scene finds her ex, Josh (Nico Tortorella), and her friend, Lauren (Molly Kate Bernard), wondering if she said yes.
News of the possible engagement spreads fast as Liza’s bestie, Kelsey (Hilary Duff), informs her that she “just heard the news,” while her other bestie, Maggie (Debi Mazar), laments that she’s “impressed” with Charles.
However, Liza doesn’t seem to think the proposal was all that romantic, which leads me to believe that maybe the couple isn’t headed down the aisle anytime soon.
Especially because the rest of the trailer seems to show trouble in paradise!
And this time, it may not be Josh’s fault… though, one scene does show him asking Liza: “if I would have said something sooner, would it have made a difference?”
Liza’s always struggled to choose between Charles and Josh, however, there may be a new man taking up residence in Liza’s life: surf legend Kai Manning, who is shopping a book at Empirical/Millennial.
And while there’s a scene of Liza and Charles kissing underneath the fireworks, there’s also some tension as he informs her that he “had to bend a lot” to be with her.
Tension also builds as it looks like Quinn is moving in on Liza’s man and Charles may be entertaining the idea!
New relationships seem to be on the horizon as Josh is spotted with a new woman by his side as his baby momma, Claire, returns.
Maggie is also smitten with a woman named Camila.
And elsewhere, Kelsey contemplates her future asking Lauren if she should “go back to Millennial,” before informing Quinn of her decision, which the billionaire calls “running home to daddy.”
‘Younger’ Announces Final Season Premiere Date, Loses Two Series Regulars
It’s the beginning of the end for Liza, Kelsey, and Empirical!
Paramount Plus announced that the seventh and final season of Younger will premiere on Thursday, April 15!
The first four episodes will be available for streaming on that day.
The final eight episodes will be released on a weekly basis every Thursday.
Those who don’t have access to Paramount Plus will be able to see the full season later in the year on TV Land.
It was also announced that Miriam Shor (the impeccable Diana Trout) and Charles Michael Davis (Zane Anders) will no longer be series regulars.
Per TV Line, the duo will be back in a recurring capacity.
“Due to scheduling and Covid related matters, Miriam Shor and Charles Michael Davis were unable to be season seven cast regulars,” series creator Darren Star said in a statement to the news outlet.
“However, they will always be a much loved and integral part of the Younger family and have added so much heart and soul to the series.”
Production for the final season was delayed significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Check out the sneak peek HERE!
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