TV show airing Friday highlights Wilmore

WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ)- A crew from ABC 36 got to go behind the scenes this summer of a secret taping of the show “What Would You Do?” in Wilmore.

In the show, producers and host John Quiñones use fake scenarios to see how people respond to ethical dilemmas.

It turns out the Kentuckians caught on camera did the state proud.

Usually, the scenarios are filmed in the New York area.

“I just didn’t expect it to be here in Wilmore,” Donnie Clark from Nicholasville said.

“The Wilmore IGA. Fitch’s! Who knew?” actress Leslie Beatty said.

Who knew you could fit a control room in the back of the store? It’s where ABC 36’s Veronica Jean Seltzer watched as Quiñones and producers whispered into the actors’ ears.

“Leslie, you can say, ‘The schools don’t give us enough supplies,'” a producer said.

Getting out of the big apple gives the show a different perspective.

“Why Wilmore, Kentucky?” VJ asked.

“Reactions will be different. Geography matters,” Quiñones said.

Here, Quiñones says he expects people to be more conservative.

In the scenario VJ watched, a teacher couldn’t afford groceries and school supplies.

“You sure you want to put the milk back instead of those supplies?” an actress playing a cashier asked.

“Yeah, my kids need these things for class,” Beatty said.

Beatty, the actress playing the teacher, lives in Lexington.

“I don’t put myself up for much TV, but I really wanted to do this because I really like the show,” Beatty said.

The show says it tries to hire local people.

“It’s really exciting. When John came in it was like, ‘Woosh!’ and I was like, ‘Well, there he is!'”

It seems like Quiñones was just as impressed with her.

“Is she really crying? Wow,” he said as he watched her on a monitor.

“I’ve also been in a line where I didn’t have enough money to pay so I understand,” Beatty said.

In the scenario, Wilmore city employee Donnie Clark came to her aid, paying for her items.

“You don’t have to do this. I really do appreciate it,” Beatty said.

“No, that’s all right,” Clark said.

“I’m very embarrassed,” Clark said.

It turns out this isn’t the first time Fitch’s IGA has been in the spotlight. BCTC film instructor Stephanie Fitch’s dad owns the place.

“We actually have student films here all the time through my students and through Asbury so he just thought it was another crazy request,” Fitch said.

She says the crew set up intricate wiring and cameras in just four hours in the store her grandpa opened in 1956.

“I think Wilmore’s such a great town and today I’ve seen it. People have been very polite and very patient,” Fitch said.

That’s what Quiñones says he’s seeing too.

“It’s really refreshing to see the goodness inherent that a lot of these folks have and some of them, you can tell, don’t make a lot of money. You know, those ten bucks will make a difference in their pocket book,” Quiñones said.

Quinones also encountered many people crediting their faith for the decision to act kindly.
He says in a time of divisiveness the country needs this show.

“Despite all the negativity out there and all the fighting that’s going on, there’s a lot of goodness,” Quiñones said.

It’s goodness people in Wilmore are proud to show off.

“I’m very glad that they came and we felt honored that they came,” Fitch said.

You can see how the episode ABC 36 got a sneak peek of turned out. “What Would You Do?” airs at 9 p.m. on ABC 36. If you miss it, it should be posted here the next day.

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