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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

GUTV’s Bachelor Show Begins Casting

This year, one lucky, single student may be the focal point of his or her own rose ceremony in “The Bachelor: Georgetown Edition,” courtesy of student-run television station GUTV.

“The Bachelor,” will be one of four new programs aired this academic year., along with a reality show following first-year students and a political talk show.

GUTV’s staff pursued the ABC-inspired matchmaking program to overcome what they viewed as a lackluster dating scene on campus, according to GUTV’s Station Director Dunja Panic (MSB ’13).

Creators Angela Morabito (SFS ’13) and Rich Rinaldi (MSB ’12), THE HOYA’s staff development director, will produce “The Bachelor: Georgetown,” which remains in the pre-production phase as GUTV seeks to cast a specific type of contender: “outgoing, confident students who are going to have fun with the experience and be fun to watch,” Morabito said. The casting process consists of an online application and screen test, to be held in the coming weeks.

The application for screen time consists of a series of questions, including asking potential candidates to describe their motivations for applying, to relay the history of their last relationship, and to identify the stereotype they feel best fits their personality.

Unlike many contemporary reality shows, Georgetown’s rendition of “The Bachelor” will not make any attempts at sensationalism, according to Morabito.

“The Bachelor’ will not try to create drama or embarrassment. We are going to try to select people who work well together,” she said,

Whether or not the show, set to document the relationships between a single individual and a to-be-determined roster of romantic hopefuls, will follow a bachelor or bachelorette will be decided based on application strength.

Morabito said casting has revealed surprising results. “I don’t think people realize how many Hoyas there are looking for love here on the Hilltop,” she said. “I had no idea that the show would generate as much interest as it has. Demand to participate has been huge.”

Additionally, while she expected a majority of freshman female participants, so far “[the responses have] come exclusively from sophomores, juniors and seniors – and over half of [them] have come from guys,” she said.

As casting continues, the format of the new television series is in the works. As a general framework, producers believe that the show will follow cast members on short, unscripted dates. According to Morabito, GUTV may even seek a sponsorship from The Corp in order to finance the outings. The specifics of production, including the time frame for filming, have yet to be determined.

While air time and cast size remain unknown, the program has generated both excitement and a little cynicism among students.

“Georgetown has a way of making it really hard to meet people outside of organizations that ultimately you need to be professional in,” Alex Honjiyo (SFS ’13) said. “And so dating someone is really not an option a lot of the times.”

“It sounds like one of those trashy shows that I would in all likelihood not watch,” he said.

Panic remains excited about the show, hoping it will allow true love to blossom among her peers.

“Then again,” she added, “I am a hopeless romantic.”

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