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Series filmed in Kingsland set to begin
The city of Kingsland will feel the love Sunday with the debut of the new TV series "LoveTown USA" at 10 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

All eight episodes for the series' first season were filmed in Kingsland earlier this year and feature two relationship coaches attempting to mend relationships of embattled friends and lovers.

Tonya Rosado, executive director of the Kingsland Convention & Visitors Bureau, said crews spent 30 days filming and another 12 days in the city planning episodes.

Rosado said her office has been receiving calls from across the country from people who have seen the trailers and ads on the OWN website.

"People are super excited about it," Rosado said. "We're excited about it because it's about us. There have been so many calls."

Restaurants in Kingsland and St. Marys will hold viewing parties Sunday night to accommodate fans eager to watch the episodes.

"I already have table reservations," Rosado said. "I have no idea what each episode is about."

Rosado said she is not nervous about how the city will be portrayed because of conversations she had with producers throughout filming. Though Kingsland was designated as LoveTown USA, film crews spent lots of time in Woodbine, the St. Marys waterfront historic district and other areas in Camden County.

"They want to show the country how pretty we are," she said. "The community films amazing. They featured great things about this community."

Rosado expects the city will see an increase in tourism as a result of the series because of the influence Winfrey has among viewers.

"We absolutely expect an impact," she said. "It's exciting. There's no way we could pay for (the national exposure)."

Check it out

LoveTown USA, a new OWN network program filmed in Kingsland, will debut at 10 p.m. Sunday. Here are the channel listings in the region:

* Comcast channel 103 in St. Marys, Brunswick

* Comcast channel 18 in Woodbine

* Direct TV channel 279

* Dish TV channel 189

* TDS television channel 236

Viewing parties will be held at the following locations:

* Ruby Tuesday, 100 Crown Pointe Parkway, Kingsland

* Millhouse Steakhouse, 1215 E. King Ave., Kingsland

* The Island Lounge, 2710 Osborne Road, St. Marys

* McGarvey's Wee Pub, 2603 Osborne Road, St. Marys



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