Crews with a new ABC TV series showcase Gulfport

Crews with a new ABC TV series showcase Gulfport
The new show will take viewers back to the 1960s to tell the stories of the Mercury astronauts' wives who were transformed overnight from military spouses to American royalty. (Photo source: WLOX)
The new show will take viewers back to the 1960s to tell the stories of the Mercury astronauts' wives who were transformed overnight from military spouses to American royalty. (Photo source: WLOX)
(Photo source: WLOX)
(Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport was transformed into a mini Hollywood Monday.

"I'm still kind of waiting to see some stars," Gulfport resident Katie Blount said.

Dozens of actors were in town along with more than a hundred crew members Monday to film a new ABC 10 part series "The Astronaut Wives Club."

"We walked by hoping maybe we would get discovered, but no luck yet," Mia Stallings said.

The new show will take viewers back to the 1960s to tell the stories of the Mercury astronauts' wives who were transformed overnight from military spouses to American royalty. The women lived in Florida, but for ABC's show Gulfport will play the part.

"I think it's a great location. We are right on the Gulf of Mexico, we have all these historic buildings in downtown Gulfport and other areas too of the whole Gulf Coast," Port City Café Owner Ernest Ulrich said. "I think that's what the film industry is looking for, for something new, something maybe a little brighter, and I think right now we are fitting that mold."

Ulrich said putting Gulfport in the spotlight has already been great for business.

"Some of the crew have come in for breakfast they are really, really friendly folks. And whatever money they can bring to help the Gulf Coast, we are all for it," Ulrich said.

Once the show airs, Gulfport residents think the city could reap even more benefits.

"I would hope more visitors would come see some of the treasures we have along the coast," Gulfport resident Alberto Alvarez said. "We have a lot of great food and a lot of great businesses that cater to a lot of tourists around the nation. Just a lot of people don't know about us and don't get a chance to see us. I think it would be a great thing and hopefully a lot more people will come in response to this series."

And residents hope the city's moment in the national spotlight will get even more film crews to think South Mississippi.

"It's wonderful," Blount said. "Our downtown looks better than ever and I think it's going to be a great plus for our town for Gulfport and it's fun."

No word yet on when the new series will begin airing on ABC.

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