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.”
Luke Mitchell Joins ‘Chicago Med’ for Season 9
Let’s all give a warm welcome to a new doctor coming to Gaffney!
Chicago Med is adding Luke Mitchell to the cast, according to Deadline.
The Originals and Blindspot actor will reportedly appear as a character named Dr. Mitch Ripley, described as an “early thirtysomething male Emergency Department doctor” with a past connection to Dr. Charles, played by Oliver Platt.
Word on the street is Ripley has a “troubled background,” which is why he crossed paths with Charles back in the day… and it seems like it might lead to some friction for the two.
He will recur on the medical drama with the potential of being upgraded to a series-regular come season 10, likely pending the reaction from fans.
The former Big Sky star is set to make his debut in the premiere episode of season 9 airing on January 17.
Of course, his addition is necessary as Chicago Med said goodbye to a handful of major cast members over the course of the previous seasons, including Brain Tee who played Ethan Choi, Nick Gehlfuss who starred as Will Halstead, Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott and Asjha Cooper in the role of Vanessa Taylor.
As of now, the returning cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson (hospital head Sharon Goodwin), Marlyne Barrett (charge nurse Maggie Lockwood), Dominic Rains (Dr. Crockett Marcel), Steven Weber (Dr. Dean Archer) and Jessy Schram (Dr. Hannah Asher).
Season 9 will consist of a 13-episode season, shortened due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
‘La Brea’ Canceled at NBC—Here’s What It Means for Season 3
La Brea has officially been canceled by NBC.
The series is gearing up for a third and final season, which will also see fewer episodes.
The news was announced on November 20, and while it’s not what fans wanted to hear, NBC is at least giving fans closure.
The final six episodes will premiere on January 9, 2024. It will be a lead-in to the season’s final two episodes of the hit fall drama Found.
The first and second seasons consisted of 10 and 14 episodes, respectively. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes then forced NBC to release the actors from their contracts.
With six episodes to tie up loose ends, let’s hope that the storyline will be wrapped up in a sufficient way that answers any and all questions and leaves fans feeling satisfied.
Zyra Gorecki, who plays Izzy, shared the news on her Instagram, writing, “I’m truly so proud of the work everyone put into #LaBrea Season 3. It was an absolute joy to be a part of. Thank you guys for all of your support these past three years.”
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The cast also includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Jack Martin, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie, Tonantzin Carmelo and Michelle Vergara Moore.
La Brea was NBC’s latest sci-fi series that transported audiences and some Los Angeles residents to 10K B.C. via a mysterious sinkhole. At the center of it is the Harris family, who are eventually reunited when it’s revealed that the patriarch Gavin (Macken) has deep connections to the prehistoric timeline.
As you await the third season, here’s a little season 2 finale refresher!
Is There Going to be a Season 2 of ‘Goosebumps’?
As Goosebumps wrapped up its first season on Disney+ on Nov. 17, things ended on quite a shocking cliffhanger, leading fans to question if a second season was in the works.
And it seems like season 1 is just the start as there are definitely plans to continue on with the series featuring the same cast, which includes Isa Briones, Ana Yi Puig, Zack Morris, Will Price, and Miles McKenna.
With the first chapter closed, a second chapter will explore the aftermath of Briones’ massive decision (you can read our review right here), but first, Disney+ needs to renew the season officially.
As of writing, Goosebumps has not been renewed for season 2, however, everything was created with the intention of there being additional episodes.
And naturally, since the series takes inspiration from the popular R.L. Stine novels, there’s the question of which books will be adapted next to explore the aftermath of Kanduu’s devious plan.
Disney released the first season ahead of Halloween, dropping the first five episodes all at once on October 13 before adopting a weekly release format, which kept up the intrigue.
Through the course of 10 episodes, fans created a special bond with the give teens trying to save their town of Port Lawrence from a tragedy that connected to their parent’s past and included their new high school teacher, Mr. Nathan Bratt played by Justin Long.
Once Disney renews the series and announces a premiere date (which can happen as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are over), we’ll update this post accordingly!
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