How does MTV follow the very successful, yet now cancelled Jersey Shore, which tracked a group of hard partying New Jersey twenty-somethings as they spent their days living the GTL life? With Buckwild, a new reality-based comedy series that follows a group of hard partying West Virginian twenty-somethings who spend their days upholding the Appalachian way.
When it premiered in December of 2009, Jersey Shore was picketed by the Italian American community, who called the show offensive and inaccurate. Now, Buckwild is drawing the same kind of controversy and ire from the Appalachian community, who have dubbed the show "The Jersey Shore of Appalachia" and "Hillbillies Gone Wild".
West Virginian Senator (D) Joe Manchin sent the following plea to MTV.
"[Please] put a stop to the travesty called Buckwild...Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior, and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong."
MTV is staying quite about this controversy, though they are not marketing the show as a reality series, instead calling it an "authentic comedy", with each episode working from a script. Buckwild is taking over Jersey Shore's Thursday, 10 pm time slot starting January 3rd. You can watch the offending trailer here.
Buckwild debuts January 3rd, 2013, only on MTV.