March 16, 2007 12:04 AM by Joe Reality
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, M.D., 30, an undersea medical
officer for a special operations dive unit stationed in Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii – a real-life "officer and a gentleman" – faces the most
exciting mission of his life — finding true love — when the tenth
edition of ABC’s popular romance reality series, "The Bachelor: Officer
and a Gentleman," premieres MONDAY, APRIL 2 (9:45-11:00 p.m., ET), on
the ABC Television Network.
Andy, an accomplished triathlete and winner of recent humanitarian awards for his work in Laos last summer — on a military mission where he treated over 600 Laotians in remote mountain villages — grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was valedictorian in high school and a competitive swimmer who made All-American. He was even named ESPN’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1995. The Navy offered him a full ROTC scholarship, which he took and went to Duke University, where he was a varsity letter winner on the men’s swim team and began training for marathons, all while taking a pre-med course load and earning a degree in biology, with a concentration in genetics. After graduating Duke with honors, he enrolled in the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine and was a surgical intern at Naval Hospital San Diego, where he graduated in 2003.
In bringing the iconic romantic movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" to real life, the women during the course of this season’s "Bachelor" must be prepared to participate in a high energy "boot camp," complete with a "drill sergeant," plus triathlon events (swimming, biking and running) and race car driving. With Andy’s true humanitarian spirit a large factor in his life, the bachelorettes will also participate in a charity event for an inner city school in Los Angeles. Many other adventurous dates will test the ladies’ perseverance in pursuing their romantic objective, along with fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw emotions.
As in the past, women will continue to be eliminated each week, but if, at any point along the way, a woman should decide that she’s no longer interested in the Bachelor, she can reject his invitation to continue dating. Some lucky women will meet his family, and he will visit their hometowns for a slice of their life in an effort to determine the woman with whom he is most compatible.
At the end of the journey, the Bachelor may quite possibly have found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, will he pop the question, and will she say yes?
Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Lisa Levenson are the executive producers. Martin Hilton and David Bohnert are the co-executive producers.