Thrillpeddlers' Scrumbly Koldwyn, left, and Russell Blackwood are bidding goodbye to their troupe's Hypnodrome theater with final performances in the space this week. (Courtesy photo)

Thrillpeddlers' Scrumbly Koldwyn, left, and Russell Blackwood are bidding goodbye to their troupe's Hypnodrome theater with final performances in the space this week. (Courtesy photo)

Scoop: Time has come for a black ‘Bachelorette’

It’s about time: After 33 combined seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ABC has cast its first black lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Lindsay, a Texas attorney (and current contestant on Nick Viall’s “The Bachelor”) was slated be announced as the next Bachelorette on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel show.

While the lead of the upcoming cycle is typically revealed after the current season wraps, ABC broke the news weeks before the finale — possibly because Lindsay’s casting was reported by the Reality Steve website.

The long-running dating reality show has been under fire for its lack of diversity.

ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey, the first African-American woman to run a broadcast entertainment division, told reporters at the 2016 Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that the issue lies with booking more diverse candidates from the start, since the Bachelor or Bachelorette is usually a popular contestant picked from the previous cycle.

Host Chris Harrison told Us Weekly that the show would be “lucky” to have Lindsay in the coveted role, and the show’s creator Mike Fleiss teased on his Twitter calling Monday “historic night,” writing, “Tonite’s the night!!! #thebachelor #historic”

Last year, People reported that the franchise has had only one non-white lead (American-born Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis), causing backlash from viewers and even a lawsuit against the network for alleged racial discrimination in 2012.


Thrillpeddlers, San Francisco’s beloved gender-bending, award-winning Grand Guignol theater troupe, are closing up shop in their cozy South-of-Market venue this week — but they certainly won’t be forgotten.

The group’s “Farewell to the Hynodrome” Valentine’s Day benefit event has long been sold out, and additional performances of their final musical ”Amazon Apocalypse” (by Scrumbly Koldewyn and Cab Covay) have been added this week to meet demand, according to producer-director Russell Blackwood, who was deluged by well wishers after he announced that the company’s theater space was being sold.

But Blackwood recently emailed, “Our sincere hope is that this staged concert version of ‘Amazon Apocalypse’ will lead to a fully realized production in another venue in the coming year.”

In the meantime, however, the troupe hasn’t canceled its grand liquidation sale (and party) slated for noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 25-26 at (under the freeway!) 575 10th St., S.F., when set pieces, props, costumes and special equipment (a glow-in-the-dark dragon’s head, and 8-foot “glo-phallus”) will be available for purchase.

Blackwood added, “I’ve decided to retain the guillotine … for who knows what the future might hold?”


Actor Freddie Highmore is 25. … Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 45. … Actor Simon Pegg is 47. … Singer D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 56. … Singer Renee Fleming is 58. … Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 69. … Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 74. … TV personality Hugh Downs is 96.

— Staff, wire report ABCBachelorBacheloretteHynodromeliquidation saleRachel LindsayRussell BlackwoodThrillpeddlers

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