By: Daniel Sabatino
Bethany’s New “Bachelor”
“My name is Rory Campbell, and I’m the Bethany Bachelor.” If you’re confused by who Rory Campbell is and why he’s announcing himself as the new “Bethany Bachelor,” fear not, it is all for fake. “The Bethany Bachelor” is the newest show being produced by students in the TV-14 class. As for “Rory Campbell,” he is actually Bethany senior George Cothran.
When Bethany junior McKenna Junkin hatched the idea for the show, Cothran was her first option to play the role because she knew viewers would be drawn to him and that he would add his own spin to the character.
Cothran will be playing the role as the great-great-grandson of the founder of Bethany College, Alexander Campbell, but also adding a little bit of himself to the character. “I want to add the most appealing traits of my personality to him,” Cothran said. “Rory Campbell is a quiet, nature loving, aspiring musician with a hint of athleticism. Of course, I’m going to be nice and giving to everyone because that’s part of who I am as well.” This incorporation of multiple characters is essential to Cothran because he wants to make his character as three-dimensional as possible.
Though the show will largely be scripted with a wide variety of characters and story lines, Cothran feels that the unpredictability of the show will make it a success on campus. “It’s like a contest, similar to watching a sport. You watch it and you have expectations, like ‘Oh I hope the one with the nice blonde hair wins.’ It’s a soap opera mixed with a game show. You may never know what will happen next.” This sense of unpredictability is what Cothran thinks will add another level of excitement to the show.
As far as finding love on his own on the show, Cothran does not feel like now is the appropriate time due to the level of responsibility and the commitment it takes to be in a relationship. Cothran said, “Even if I wanted to find love on the show, I don’t believe this is the right way to seek a relationship. I am merely a character, therefore it would be a life if I were to be someone I’m not only for someone else to see who I really am.”
The premise of the show is basically to mock ABC’s “The Bachelor” in every facet. Instead of taking trips around the globe each week, contestants on “The Bethany Bachelor” will partake in common activities around campus like going to Boomers or playing basketball at the Recreation Center. Though the show is largely intended as a farce, Cothran does feel that it is important to chronicle what he has learned over the years when it comes to love.
“Yes, it can be pretty silly,” he said, “but I want to share what I’ve learned about relationships from my past experiences with viewers. A lot of people get into relationships for the wrong reasons, and I think I can help young people think critically about what being in a relationship demands. I think that this show will be entertaining and get others to make the right choices when pursuing a relationship.” Cothran also said that one of the reasons he chose to do the show is that he originally wanted to do a short film based on love, but did not have the time or the resources until now.
“The Bethany Bachelor” is currently in production and will be on TV-14 later this semester.