The Bachelor stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell appear in a new promo clip for their upcoming reality show, and it's kind of painful.
Okay, that's not being fair. We take it back:
It's extraordinarily, off-the-charts painful.
Maybe the couple is incredibly self-aware and in on the joke, but it doesn't feel like that as they tease the latest sneak peek to viewers.
Reading cue cards, the cute duo admits that people may think they're boring, but nothing could be further from the truth, or something.
Actually, they do seem pretty boring to be honest.
Not in a bad way. Boring can be the best thing for a reality TV relationship if they actually want it to work in real life, as they are now trying to.
It's just that they're very awkward on camera.
Watching Ben and Lauren tease all the “exciting things” they do as a couple just feels awkward, like you're watching something inappropriate.
Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? depicts the couple going to brunch, home supply stores and other riveting locations. Pretty standard.
Then they try to get comical, and it's just weird.
Cute as they are, or think they are, the dialogue comes off as stiff as Ben when he first saw Lauren walk out of the limo on The Bachelor.
Sorry, but it's true. The Bachelor spoilers called it from day one that she was going to win the final rose and then she did exactly that.
The spinoff, premiering October 11 on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) is the first to feature people who ended up together on The Bachelor.
Not that there are a whole lot of candidates to pick from.
"We survived The Bachelor," Ben says.
"Now it's time for real life."
You don't have to watch The Bachelor online to know that nothing about the dating competition could ever be classified as "real life."
In that sense, as wooden as Higgins and Bushnell come across in their Freeform teasers, they certainly are breaking some new ground.
Not only that, they appear to be truly happy.
Which isn't to say that they have a perfect relationship; Lauren says that they have their difficult moments, just everyone else out there.
“When everything around me is changing I get a little stressed out, and unfortunately I probably take that out on Ben a little bit," Bushnell says.
As for the question mark in the show's title?
“What’s with the question mark?” she said of the confusing, Bethenny Getting Married? style name, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever?
“For me there is no question mark!”
Fair enough, but given how few couples from the franchise are still together, you can't blame the network for throwing a little bit of shade ...