Beaufort News

Yemassee one of three finalists for reality TV show

The town of Yemassee just might become the star of a new reality show after charming its way through a March casting call.

The town is one of three finalists, narrowed down from 15 nationwide contenders, to be the backdrop for a show about what happens when all the women in town disappear. Show officials wouldn't disclose the names of the other two finalists.

The men and children have to fend for themselves and also complete a community project along the way.

A crew with BBC Worldwide Productions will return to the town the weekend of April 29 to see if residents pass the final test to star in "The Week the Women Went."

A casting producer and a cameraman shot some scenes on a Saturday night at Harold's Country Club and a Sunday afternoon block party in March.

For the second visit, a much larger crew will make the rounds to get "more people, more footage and more time," according to casting director Katie McIntosh.

The footage will be used to make a pitch to an undisclosed, major cable network that will determine the winner.

Paula Flowers of downtown antique shop Fletcher's Finds and Fletcher's Finest Deli said the town is guaranteed to be in the first episode, and she's sure it will also be the top pick.

The producers "said it was unanimous, that we stood out and that they felt warmed and welcomed with every interaction with us," Flowers said.

The itinerary for the weekend will be fleshed out on Monday in call from Hollywood to Yemassee.

One item on the agenda is a public meeting on April 29 conducted by the casting crew to field questions from residents looking for a close-up.