A long-running German TV show similar to "The Love Boat" plans to shoot parts of its holiday special in the Lowcountry and will hold a casting call for "background talent."
The show is called "Das Traumschiff" or "The Dreamboat," according to Casie Morris, who is working with the show's producers to cast talent and manage locations.
The producers started shooting the two-hour episode Tuesday in New York, she said. They plan to film July 29 and 30 in downtown Savannah and the Lowcountry, Morris said. The scene to be filmed in the Lowcountry is a costume party.
Advertisements for the casting call said the Lowcountry filming would be at a plantation near Ridgeland, but Morris said she could only confirm that producers plan to film in the region.
Producers had sought an actor to take a speaking part as a tour guide, but they have already offered that role to someone, Morris said.
The show has been running for almost 30 years, according to an English translation of its website.
Morris said it's very much like "The Love Boat," a TV series that followed "the romantic and comic tales of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship Pacific Princess" from 1977 to 1986, according to The Internet Movie Database.
"I've been told in Germany it's a show families will sit and watch together," Morris said.
The show will air in Germany, Austria and Switzerland over the holiday season, she said.
The producers have not sought South Carolina economic incentives and would be unlikely to meet minimum spending thresholds necessary to qualify, said Marion Edmonds, a spokesman for the S.C. Film Commission.
South Carolina's incentives are typically reserved for feature films and TV series filmed in the state, he said.
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