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THE BACHELOR Season 20 premieres Monday, January 4, 2016 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC.

Last month, while I was in Los Angeles working the Global Press Event for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, my friends at Disney/ABC (I was there on their dime - disclosure and all) invited me to cover some other projects, one of which isn't exactly what you'd expect to be up my general alley. I'm speaking, of course, about THE BACHELOR, with returns to ABC for its 20th Season this week, and host Chris Harrison knows full well that while it's not for everyone - the show does count some surprising fans (including numerous "tough guys" and professional athletes) among the ranks of those in the "Bachelor Nation." At what was being touted as "The Most Dramatic Brunch Ever," I sipped on a Mimosa while Harrison led a discussion about the long-running series, being a parent, rollin' with Ice Cube, and yes, a galaxy far, far away.

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How did I get here? There was a moment of pause that was punctuated with misty eyes as I looked over an itinerary placing me in the same room - and the same table - with actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and filmmaker J.J. Abrams. What really took a moment to sink in was the other name present - Harrison Ford. This is a man who was there the first time around - when STAR WARS was a new thing, and a little boy named "Jimmy" would spend countless hours having adventures with Ford's dashing smuggler, Han Solo in Kenner action figure form. It was STAR WARS that inspired me to try my hand at working in film and television, and here we are on the cusp of a new film that continues the original saga, with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters on December 18th... and I've been invited to Los Angeles to cover the Global Media Days! While The Force is strong with this adventure, my journey to a galaxy far, far away is just one piece of the puzzle that includes projects from Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel and ABC...

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