Greenville ABC#039;s #039;Kind of Town#039;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2005

It's official! Greenville is ABC's "Kind of Town."

That was the word ABC officials gave Mayor Dexter McLendon on Tuesday, just four days after the casting call was held at Greenville High School.

My Kind of Town is a relentlessly energetic primetime studio show in which real American people in all of their imperfect and awkward glory have the chance to become the stars of their own show for one memorable night. Each week, 200 people from one small town come to a New York City studio, where a lucky handful will participate in individualized comedic games and gags for prizes tailored to their own lives, interests and needs.

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One person from the group of 200 is chosen to play the big end game, where they will shoulder the burden of either winning or losing a huge prize for the other 199 audience members – all of whom they will see every day for the rest of their lives. No pressure!

And Greenville is one of the initial six towns chosen for the new series.

"I think this is just great for our city," McLendon said Tuesday afternoon.

"We will have 200 of our residents who will get to visit New York and our city will get national exposure.

There is not enough money to pay for this kind of exposure.

Its obvious people love these type of shows."

McLendon said it is exciting that people from across the country will get to see citizens of Greenville.

"Some of them will see the city and remember passing through or that they played golf here," he said. "But then there will be people who will see Greenville for the first time and think about what a great place it would be to visit, live or work."

A spokeswoman for ABC confirmed that Greenville had been chosen.

She said production has notified the town and more information on arrangements is forthcoming.

She said the tape date for the show will be on Saturday, July 30 and that 200 people will go to the Big Apple.

"We will fly 200 people to New York to take part in audience and they will have a chance to win a great prize at the end," she said. "There is not a set air date, but we'll keep everyone posted."

McLendon praised his administrative assistant, Barbara Philpot, for shepherding the project.

"I sort of put this in Barbara's lap and let her handle it and this proves she was the right person," McLendon said.