Love is potentially in the air in Newport.
The ABC reality dating show “The Bachelorette” began filming in the Rhode Island city on Thursday for season 15.
“We are very excited about ‘The Bachelorette’ coming to Rhode Island,” said Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. “There’s a huge audience for the series. And we are just very happy that they looked around the entire United States and chose Newport, Rhode Island, to be one of their top locations for the show. There’s a lot of excitement from the community and the entire state of Rhode Island.”
Feinberg confirmed that filming is scheduled to occur through March 31, though he said he couldn’t comment on where it would take place.
Last month, NZK Productions, Inc., the production company behind the show, sent a letter to Newport’s city council requesting permission to film at various city locations, such as the Cliff Walk, Fort Adams State Park and its Eisenhower House, Belle Mer, Narragansett Bay, White Horse Tavern, Belcourt Castle, and outside of Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina. Producers also wrote in the letter that they would like the cast to walk around historic Bannister’s Wharf and stop into the restaurants The Black Pearl and Clarke Cooke House, and expressed interest in the Jane Pickens Theater as a place for “a musical performance/private concert.”
Host Chris Harrison revealed season 23 “Bachelor” contestant Hannah Brown as the newest “Bachelorette” during the March 12 finale of “Bachelor” Colton Underwood’s season. Brown’s “Bachelorette” season is scheduled to premiere on ABC at 8 p.m. on May 13. There’s no information yet on which episodes will feature Newport.