Locals in national reality show
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 5, 2013, 00:18
Jeff Harding and his wife Amelia are pictured are their boat with the film crew from Destination America's TV show "Buying the Bayou."
A reality TV show will showcase Bay St. Louis realtor Pat Robinson and her "sidekick" the "funny pool man."
Robinson, who works for Progressive Realty, said she received an e-mail from a production company and immediately responded to it.
"I started lining up houses and somebody to be in the show with me," Robinson said. "I located high-end waterfront houses.
"Jeff and Amelia Harding are long-time friends of mine and I knew they would be perfect. They are funny, wonderful people with a great sense of humor."
Harding is the owner of Gulf Coast Pools and was the Republican candidate for Bay St. Louis mayor earlier this year.
Harding said he originally auditioned for the History Channel's show "Counting Cars," which is about a team that restores, customizes and sells classic American muscle cars.
"They were with the same production company," Harding said.
"They sent out a mass e-mail to realtors and my realtor Pat Robinson talked to me about it and we realized we had been talking to the same people in New York.
"We had a Skype interview and that was it, they wanted us for the show."
"Buying the Bayou," according to Destination America's website, "proves the real estate market in the south is bursting with properties as extraordinary as its people and culture."
Viewers will see houses along the Gulf Coast that can't be found anywhere else in the country.
Each episode combines Cajun real estate agents and quirky clients.
Clients explore three properties while risking run-ins with gators and nutria.
After weighing pros and cons of each home, clients decide which property meets their needs, budgets and bayou dreams.
"Filming was in May," Robinson said. "It was a lot of hard work, but we had a good deal of fun.
"The crew was professional and a delight to work with. The houses looked wonderful and Amelia was terrific, she just shined."
"We had a blast," Jeff Harding said. "It was four full days from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m."
"It was long days," Harding's wife Amelia said. "I have a whole new respect for actors, they do work hard."
"We looked at houses in Riverview, Bayou Caddy and Pearlington," Harding said. "I'm hoping this show will showcase Bay St. Louis in a positive light.
"It's all about promoting the Gulf Coast and Bay St. Louis."
Robinson's episode will air today at 9 p.m. central time on Destination America.
"There will be a viewing party at Blaize's Bar on Blaize Avenue in Bay St. Louis tonight at 9 p.m.," Robinson said. "It makes me proud to see Bay St. Louis shown in a fun and positive light."