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Reality show shot in Yemassee to air next week

 

The Week The Women left, a television show based on all the women in the nearby Town Of Yemassee leaving their families to go on a free vacation, will air on the Lifetime Network at 10 p.m. Tuesday. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Worldwide Productions out of Los Angeles selected Yemassee from more than a dozen U.S. communities as its choice to film the first U.S.-based episodes for its reality show.The Week The Women Left premiered in the United Kingdom in 2005 and has been filmed in Canada and India, according to BBC Worldwide Production’s website. The show sends a group of women on vacation and leaves their husbands behind to do housework, feed the kids and tend to other motherly duties.

Yemassee Mayor J.L. Goodman, a retired judge and retired U.S. Marine, confirmed that the BBC, indeed, first sent three officials to town on a Wednesday and the rest of the crew arrived over the weekend.

But most of these BBC folks were not be British, they were Americans from the corporation’s Hollywood offices, Goodman said.

The most recent filming wasn’t the first time Yemassee has been the site of a Hollywood production. And Goodman sees nothing but good has come from all of the filming. He recalled the impact of the town’s use for scenes during the 1993 filming of the Tom Berenger/Dennis Hopper movie Chasers, as well as nearby locations used for the subsequent filming of the now classic Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump.

“I think it’s more of a tourism impact, an economic development impact,” Goodman said. “Visitors still come to town to see where these scenes were filmed. There’s a world of people who still come here to see where scenes from Chasers was filmed. When visitors come to town, they spend money.”

As for the BBC’s The Week the Women Left series, Goodman said townsfolk are very excited about it, “especially the women who got a free vacation out of it,” he said with a smile.

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