One year later, Tammy Lane still isn't over the shock of her son, Justin, proposing to Amy Daring, who now is his fiancèe. But tonight she will relive it -- on national television.
Her son, the Yemassee fire chief, dropped on his knee and asked Daring to marry him right before 150 women left town for a week for the reality show "The Week the Women Went." That moment, according to episode teasers, is part of the first episode, which premieres at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
"It's very emotional," Tammy Lane said. "It's all real life for me."
Produced by BBC Productions and filmed in Yemassee, the show previously was to air in June. However, it was pushed back two months. Daring said so much time has passed she almost didn't think it would air.
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She and Justin Lane are planning a small party with her parents tonight to watch the first episode.
On the other hand, Tammy Lane, who jokingly calls herself "Monster-in-Law," plans to watch the show alone tonight because she doesn't know what to expect. None of the residents have seen more than a few clips and commercials, and don't know how footage from the seven days has been edited.
Jeff Foxworthy narrates the series of five one-hour episodes, which are expected to show weekly on Tuesdays, Yemassee Revitalization Corp. board president Paula Flowers said.
Along with challenges of daily life taking care of children, homes and businesses, the men must also deal with a beauty pageant and renovation of the Old Depot.
Mayor J. L. Goodwin, who is Lane's father, didn't participate in filming, which gave him an outsider's perspective on the experiment. He saw women leave town as polite acquaintances and return as close-knit friends.
"I don't think there's anyone who didn't have a different attitude," he said.
Goodwin even joked he'd be open to a second season, but only if they get to choose which women return after the week.
He's not too concerned about how the town will be portrayed and hopes the TV show will draw visitors to the town like previous movies such as "Chasers" and "Forrest Gump" have.
Much of the TV series was filmed in Yemassee and the surrounding area, including the Old Depot, Hampton's Palmetto Theater, Richfield Plantation and downtown Beaufort.
Yemassee was chosen from about 100 towns considered for the show. The Week the Women Went started in 2005 and has featured towns across the world, including in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India and Morocco, according to a news release.
- See how Yemassee men survived "The Week The Women Went" when show premieres Aug. 14, Aug. 12, 2012
- Lifetime documentary 'The Week the Women Went' from Yemassee to air in June, May 6, 2012
- Yemassee's women hit the road for 'social experiment', Aug. 1, 2011
- Yemassee picked for reality TV show, July 28, 2011