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Despite a recent lackluster Cycle 15 for his mega-franchise The Bachelor, Mike Fleiss is still in the game. The finale of this cycle (which featured its first repeat bachelor, Brad Womack, who famously didn't pick a woman in Cycle 11) may have been down 15 percent from last year's, but the ABC juggernaut still managed to command 13.8 million viewers and win the night. Fleiss — who also created Bachelor spinoffs The Bachelorette (set to premiere May 23), Bachelor Pad (coming in August) and the now-standard postfinale special, After the Final Rose — has also been doing double duty making feature films. Both Shark Night 3D and Hostel: Part III will premiere this year, and his Ozzy Osbourne documentary is making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. "If I was only doing reality TV, I'd probably kill myself," says Fleiss, who is also making a comedy pilot for Fox that combines scripted and reality. "I just like it to be a mix," he adds. "It's what keeps it exciting and fresh." As for how he keeps the Bachelor franchise from getting stale, he says it's all about each season's new cast members. "Every story is different. That allows the show to have new a energy."
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