A: You see how people are going to respond to something that’s uncomfortable and difficult for them to do. It does tell you a lot about a person, their approach to challenges, and I love that part of it. And there’s that whole notion of it being wintertime and being inside and watching that kind of thing on TV.
“The Bachelor” is still “The Bachelor,” let’s be honest, but this does have competition in it, too … admittedly a different kind of competition, but there actually are some people who are pretty decent at what they’re trying to do here. And the fact that it’s international also is really interesting to me, because people from different countries think differently about dating and how they might approach a competition.
Q: Did you know much about “The Bachelor” coming into this?
A: I had some knowledge of “The Bachelor.” Anytime I do any assignment, I always do a lot of research, so I prepared for this. I had note cards on the different participants, I read about them, and I did my research exactly like I would do for any other broadcast. I wanted to be able to carry on a fluent conversation with (host) Chris Harrison, who knows these people well, and I wanted my comfort level so that I would understand jokes or references.
There are a lot of people for whom this franchise is very important. They’re very invested in it, and I really wanted to respect that. And so, I did.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.