The handsome Chris Soules stars in ABC's first promo for the new season of The Bachelor, and in it, both he and the network show they're in on the joke.
The Bachelor strikes a unique balance on TV, with its utterly ridiculous premise, epically cheesy cliches and outrageous displays of behavior from contestants.
All of that makes it a fun show to watch, of course, and the show layers all of these facets with enough humor and inside jokes to balance out the absurdity.
While it's impossible to take what you see seriously, there remains enough genuine emotion and intrigue to keep it from becoming a total joke, as well.
Combine all that together and what you have is one of the longest-running and most successful franchises on network TV, with no end in sight either.
In Chris Soules, ABC has again found the whole package, and is packaging it accordingly as the unintentional comedy the show has become in this teaser.