Jason Mesnick rejected Molly Malaney on "The Bachelor," but quickly changed his mind. They now have a daughter.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
Jason and Molly Mesnick, who met on "The Bachelor" in 2009 and wed in a televised special in 2010, welcomed a daughter, Riley Anne, on Thursday, People magazine reports.
Jason Mesnick proposed to DeAnna Pappas on "The Bachelorette" in 2008, but was rejected by her in favor of Jesse Csincsak. Then Mesnick himself broke a heart when he starred as "The Bachelor." In that show's finale, he proposed to Melissa Rycroft, only to eventually change his mind and propose instead to Molly Malaney. They wed on "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding," which aired in 2010.
Baby Riley was born in Seattle and weighed 6 lbs. 8 ox., People reports.
Jason Mesnick also has a son, Ty, from a previous marriage.
“Ty has been asking for a sibling for so long,” People quotes Mesnick as saying. “He was here earlier holding her and kissing her and it was really, really cute. We’re so happy.”
The only other "Bachelor/Bachelorette" winning couple to have children are Ryan and Trista Sutter, who wed in 2003 after she chose him on "The Bachelorette." They have a son, Maxwell, and a daughter, Blakesley.
There's a little bit of everything this week in entertainment. Steve Carell has a new movie, "The Bachelor" wraps up another season, and the biggest winner at the Oscars comes to home video.
Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Steve Carell star in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."
MONDAY: 'Bachelor' finale Ready for two hours of lead-up to a five-second possible proposal? In the season finale, "Bachelor" star Sean Lowe will choose between Catherine, the graphic designer from Seattle, and Lindsay, the teacher and general's daughter from North Carolina. Many viewers feel the real drama went out of the show when this season's mean girl, Tierra, left the show. And some still feel Sean made a mistake by not choosing AshLee, who complained on the recent reunion that she felt blindsided and lied to. There are already rumors out there as to who Sean picks and what happens next, but we won't spoil things here. Tune in if you need to know. (March 11, 8 p.m., ABC.)
TUESDAY: 'Life of Pi' Best-picture winner "Argo" garnered all the headlines, but it was "Life of Pi" that won the most Academy Awards at last month's Oscars. The film, based on Yann Martel's best-selling book, won four awards -- Ang Lee won for best director, and the film won cinematography, original score and visual effects honors. If you missed the Oscar-winner in theaters, it's now coming to home video. Roger Ebert raved over the film, calling it "a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery." (On DVD and blu-Ray March 12.)
FRIDAY: 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Two Steves, Carell and Buscemi, team up for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which comes to theaters this week. They play a famed Vegas magician team who now hate each other, and yet must step up their showmanship to beat an up-and-coming challenger played by Jim Carrey. The one-upmanship gets pretty intense -- Carrey tries to spend a night sleeping on hot coals or attempts to pound a nail in with his forehead, Carell and Buscemi attempt to spend a week dangling inside a glass box. Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin co-star. (Opens March 15.)
"Haven't we learned this is fake?" he ranted. "These people don't stay together. They don't even last for the reunion show!"
When guest co-host Regina King said she'd like to see Cooper as the Bachelor, the openly gay newsman quipped, "That's how real this show is. I would be the bachelor trying to decide among all these 'lovely ladies'!
"And I've gotta say, there's been a couple of these bachelors where I've been like, I don't think he's really ... Isn't that bachelor checking out (host) Chris Harrison?"
King and Anderson then reenacted a hilarious catfight from the latest show, complete with finger-pointing and this choice quote from one of the bachelorettes:
"My parents said, 'Tierra, you have a sparkle. Do not let those girls take your sparkle away."
"I think these reality shows are damaging us all," Cooper concluded, while acknowledging, "I'm guilty as anybody, I'm not preaching."
Also guilty as charged was guest Emmy Rossum of "Shameless," who, when asked if she's a fan of reality TV, admitted, "I am closetly but only one show: 'The Bachelor.' It's so horrifyingly embarrassing because I want people to think I'm a literate person!"
When Cooper asked whether she questioned its authenticity, Rossum replied, "There's a part of me that does believe in true love ... I think I could probably find an interesting guy if they put 30 cute guys in front of me."
The actress was a good sport about Cooper and King's gift of a "Bachelor" boyfriend pillow (a "really sad" stuffed "arm" for lonely women to cuddle in bed).
"I would have a meltdown too," she said about the contestants' famous outbursts.
"This house has so much booze in it and seemingly no food," she joked. "I never see these girls eating, and some of them must be PMSing. So they're PMSing and drunk!"
Things are still pretty slow in the entertainment world, but at least a few favorite TV shows are starting to return.
TV "Downton Abbey" is the show for those of us who want to get addicted to a high-quality, soapy but well-written series, but don't feel like shelling out for HBO or Showtime. The PBS show chronicles the lives of a rich British family and their many fascinating servants, and it's addictive from the moment you tune in. One of the first season's events made our best deaths of 2011 list (spoilers, obviously.) The first season ended with word that World War I had begun, and no one will be untouched by the fighting. (Second season premiere Jan. 8, PBS, check local listings for times.)
"Project Runway" fans will be sure to recognize a number of the faces and personalities who'll be busy sewing up a storm on "Project Runway All Stars." Hey, that's Kara Janx! Look, there's Mondo Guerra! Kenley Collins, how ya been? Can that be ... AUSTIN SCARLETT? You won't see Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, though -- this special season has model Angela Lindvall as host and Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as judges. We're actually most excited that Miss Piggy is a guest judge. (Jan. 5, 9 p.m., Lifetime.)
The dream of the '90s is alive in "Portlandia." The quirky, funny show returns for a second season this week. Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig are among the guest stars who'll mix it up with the Pac NW crew. (Second season premiere Jan. 6, 10 p.m., IFC.)
There's a grandmother on "The Bachelor"? The Huffington Post posted a video showing the new Bachelor, winemaker Ben Flajnik, being greeted by a gray-haired granny on crutches, who doesn't quite glide out of the limo like the usual Bachelorette bombshells. What's up with that? We presume all will be explained. (Jan. 2, 8 p.m., ABC.)
Contestants on "The Biggest Loser" reportedly will be competing aginst their own loved ones, not working alongside them, as the weight-loss show tries a new twist. (Jan. 3, 8 p.m., NBC.)
Movies Really quiet movie week, but horror fans have been intrigued for some time by "The Devil Inside." No, it's not a concert film featuring Australian band INXS. Instead, it's a scary documentary-style film about exorcism. A woman whose mother killed three people while priests were trying to expel demons from her in the 1980s has been in a Vatican hospital ever since. When her now-grown daughter tries to visit her, taking along a film crew, the "Exorcist" style frights start coming. (Opens Jan. 6.)
DVD If you've ever eyed a sneezing airplane seatmate nervously, you should perhaps not see "Contagion." Gwyneth Paltrow is Patient Zero in this Steven Soderbergh thriller about a worldwide epidemic. You'll never say "it's just a cold" again. Achoo! (Out on DVD Jan. 3.)