Film crews and cast members of the ABC Family show The Vineyard were spotted Friday at the Steamship Authority in Vineyard Haven. Ray Ewing

Filming is underway for The Vineyard reality show, which is getting a warm welcome in some quarters.

Bret Blakeney with 25/7 Productions told Edgartown selectmen Monday that filming started last week at a private property in Oak Bluffs for the “docusoap” reality show. On Friday the cast and crew were spotted filming at State Beach and the Steamship Authority terminal.

Mr. Blakeney reiterated that the premise of the ABC Family show is family-friendly; it will feature young adults between 18 and 26 years of age. “It’s their summer on the Vineyard . . . they’re interacting with the locals and making friends with them and relationships,” he said.

He also said the production is not on the scale of Jaws, the most famous example of Hollywood coming to the Island. The show will have a very small footprint and small crew, he said, and “unless you ran into us you probably wouldn’t know where we were.”

The show will start airing in July, and filming will be done by the end of June, Mr. Blakeney said. "It looks like summer outside but doesn’t feel like summer outside, so thank god for television,” he said.

Read more at Edgartown Welcomes Reality Show With Open Arms.

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