Aldergrove moves up for new TV series

Aldergrove has moved one step further closer to be the featured town in a new TV series that is proposed for broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network Canada later this year.

Force Four Entertainment, a production company based in Vancouver, has been scouting the province over recent months, looking for potential communities for a documentary series that would help a town realize personal and community-wide financial goals.

The planned series is to be similar in format to Force Four’s hit series, “Town on a Diet,” which was broadcast earlier this year on CBC TV.

A town hall meeting hosted by Force Four and the Aldergrove Business Association (ABA) last month attracted about 200 Aldergrove residents, who expressed interest in participating in the filming of the series. A Facebook page promoting the series and created by the ABA, called “The Aldergrove Project,” has also attracted over 1,200 members.

“This is very exciting,” said ABA president Bruce Heslop, who is working with Force Four to put together another town hall meeting in the coming week. It will be held Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. at the Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 – 29 Ave.

The next step will be filming of a “demo” video of the proposed series, which would then be submitted to the Oprah Winfrey Network for approval of the full-fledged series. Filming of the eight-week long series would then take place over three months this summer.

Force Four development producer Nicole Lawson said, “We’ll be shooting a demo in the coming weeks to prove to the network that Aldergrove is the town for this show. Now is our chance to show how much your town wants and needs this series. You will need to lay everything on the line so the network can see why this series must come to Aldergrove and not to any other town.”