Casting still open for dating show

Published 12:02 am Sunday, November 20, 2011

NATCHEZ — Dec. 1 and 2 could be locals’ last chance at Lovetown.

A casting producer of the Oprah Winfrey Network show, Lovetown, USA, will visit Natchez to tour the town and speak to local residents.

Natchez city officials have been notified by the producers of the Oprah Winfrey Network and BBC Productions Worldwide that Natchez is still being considered to be named Lovetown, USA, a press release from the network said.

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During the show, a group of expert matchmakers will pair up eligible singles in the city dubbed “Lovetown” over the course of 30 days.

If chosen, the crew will be filming in early 2012 in hopes to bring love to the entire town.

Besides matching couples, the show has encouraged participation by the mayor, local business, community leaders and citizens.

Natchez residents of all ages are invited to come out at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the gazebo on the bluff to show their support of the project and let producers know why Natchez should be chosen to become Lovetown, USA.

Christine Shaw, vice president of communications at BBC Worldwide Productions, said the show’s creators are looking for a town with a population of 15,000 with a lot of singles and a lot of community spirit.

Applications are still being accepted and are critical in helping producers make their decision.

Interested singles ages 20-60 can call 601-445-4611 or e-mail for further information and an application.