A British television production company has asked the Board of Selectmen for permission to use footage of the town's property for a "weight-loss based" reality show.

A British television production company has asked the Board of Selectmen for permission to use footage of the town's property for a "weight-loss based" reality show.


Members of the board, however, did not seem eager to sign off on the request.


Crews from Ricochet Television already shot footage of the town in April during the start of the Boston Marathon. But they just recently faxed the town a copy of a location agreement that would allow the company to use images of town property "in other areas of media, such as promos and other advertising purposes."


"Apparently they decided to shoot the show before they had permission to do so," interim Town Manager Gary Daugherty told the board Tuesday.


Daugherty said yesterday the request from Ricochet was akin to someone pumping gasoline into their car, and then saying days later, "Oh, do you want me to pay for that?"


There were no further details about the yet-to-be named reality show from Richochet, which also produces the show "SuperNanny."


According to its Web site, the company is currently casting for a show called "The Alaska Experiment," about survival in the great outdoors.


Selectman Mike Shepard said one reality show in the town could lead to more and that he wasn't sure that is "kind of notoriety the town wants or needs."


Selectmen said they were reticent to sign the agreement until they knew more. "We wouldn't sign it on a bet or dare without legal counsel," Board of Selectman Chairwoman Muriel Kramer said during Tuesday's meeting.


Selectmen elected to let the town's Marathon Committee look at the agreement.


Richard Conn of The MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) can be contacted at 508-626-4338 or at rconn@cnc.com.