Remember when reality shows were an hour long and the typical season lasted about 8-10 episodes?
Well, you can blame it on any number of factors -- every series now has to compete with 47,000 other shows, reality TV is insanely cheap to produce, our current pop cultural landscape tends to favor quantity of content over quality -- but for whatever reason, those days are done.
However, that's just one reason Hannah Brown's Bachelorette finale will clock in at a whopping four hours!
Yes, like Colton Underwood before her, Hannah will tell us her tale of love, heartbreak, and Luke P being a total dickwad (okay, that part is unique to her) over the course of two nights.
The first two-hour episode will air on Monday, July 29, with the second airing the very next night.
It's a little strange, since Luke P. was finally kicked off last night, and TV seasons don't usually continue for another four hours after the villain has been slain.
But for as much as Luke dominated the show this season, there's still a lot of drama to be sorted out that has nothing to do with everyone's least-favorite 5'8" bad guy.
For example -- we came to find out a lot of these dudes had girlfriends waiting for them back home.
And two of the cheaters made it into Hannah's top three.
This is the part where we warn you that if you haven't been keeping up on our Bachelorette spoilers, and you want to be surprised by how this all plays out, read no further.
Okay, for starters, in the first half of the finale that will air on Monday night (the part that was filmed several months ago) Hannah gives her final rose to Jed, and the two of them get engaged.
Yes, there were initial reports that Hannah got engaged to Tyler Cameron, which seems to be the outcome most viewers would've preferred, but those claims have since been disproven. Sorry.
And there's more bad news, as Jed's proposal has not resulted in a "happily ever after" scenario.
In fact, it seems there's been constant drama for Hannah and Jed ever since he popped the question.
It all started when we learned that Jed had a girlfriend while he was filming the show.
(So did Peter Weber, by the way, so we guess Tyler really was the only good choice in Hannah's final four.)
Anyway, Hannah was understandably less than thrilled by the news that her fiance -- the one she picked from a field of 30! -- was two-timing her for the early part of their relationship.
And now, spoiler master Reality Steve has confirmed that Jed and Hannah are no longer engaged:
"I can confirm that Hannah broke off her engagement to Jed earlier this week," Steve wrote.
"They are still ‘together,’ but the engagement is off. This isn’t a ‘don’t ever talk to me again’ from what I’m being told, but it’s also not all rainbows and daffodils either …”
He later tweeted:
“To end an engagement means Hannah has been bothered enough by what’s come out.
"I don’t see how Jed gets back in her good graces after this. Nor should he. This is something she will be, and should be, applauded for, I just don’t see them working thru this.”
Sounds like all is not well on the Jed and Hannah front.
So what exactly is in store for Tuesday's live portion of the finale?
Well, have you ever watched a couple argue for hours knowing full well they're about to break up? Yeah, based on Chris Harrison's comments, we're expecting something like that:
“There’s a lot of rumors. There’s a lot of things being said,” Harrison said in a recent interview.
“It’s live, and I love going into a show not knowing how it’s really going to turn out. I want to hear Jed’s side of the story," he added.
"I think a lot of people have spoken, and before we judge — which we’re so quick to do on Twitter — I would like to hear from him.”
Our prediction? Hannah Beast -- who's been enjoying her unexpected status as a feminist icon ever since she roasted Luke P. for slut-shaming her -- will kick cheating Jed to the curb as a studio audience cheers her on.
Or maybe she forgives him on live TV.
Either way, there should be plenty of drama -- and hopefully, none of it will involve Luke P.