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A web series depicting teams of astronauts, celebrities and dozens of others will film the final scene of one of its episodes in New Town on Sept. 28.
Fireball Run is a 13-episode web series entering its ninth season that features 44 driving teams playing a 2,000-mile trivia game beginning in Connecticut and ending in Florida.
Much of one of those episodes will film around the Historic Triangle, with the final scene shot in New Town. Scenes from the area will also be included in several other episodes.
The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance successfully bid to have Fireball Run select the Historic Triangle as one of several host locations during the eight-day race. The teams will track down clues and solve trivia questions hidden through area landmarks.
The Alliance hopes the series can help expose the area to a new audience. At an April event in Williamsburg, Fireball Run’s executive producer, J. Sanchez, said his series attracts 1.7 million viewers who are educated, affluent and interested in traveling.
After the filming in New Town, the show will host a reception and dinner at Legacy Hall. The public is invited to New Town on Sept. 28 to interact with all 44 teams.
The space-themed race features four current and former astronauts. They are: former NASA Astronaut Jon McBride; Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space and holder of the title Hero of the Soviet Union; Marcos Cesar Pontes, a Brazilian astronaut; and Jean-Loup Chretien, a retired French brigadier general.
The season of Fireball Run set to film in September will not broadcast until June 2016. Its theme is “Space Race,” with the four astronaut teams featured prominently in the show.
The four astronauts will be joined in the rally by celebrities including Jacqueline Siegel, star of The Queen of Versailles, America’s Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry, Grant Imahara of MythBusters and Ray McClelland of Speed Network’s Car Warriors.
The show will be broadcast online in June 2016. It can be seen on the iTunes store, Google Play, Amazon Fire TV and other streaming providers. More information about the show is available at its official website.