Let me start with some advice. Don’t do a generalized Google Images search for “Buck Wild.”
Especially not at work.
Next, I’m wondering what you think about a new MTV reality show by that name. Will “Buck Wild,” a 12-episode reality series filmed in West Virginia, be something we can be proud of?
This hits home with us because some of the filming apparently will take place around Charleston and Sissonville.
I’m still wrapping my little brain around what the show will be about. Here’s what Variety had to say:
Anthropologists studying the Jersey shore will soon have another quirky region to examine: MTV has ordered 12 episodes of “Buck Wild,” a series set in rural West Virginia among a group of friends who have just graduated from high school.
Series produced by John Stevens and Barry Poznick from Zoo Prods. and J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment. Series will track the exploits of the recently matriculated Appalachian denizens as they head off to college, work at local jobs or just struggle to get by.
“We know that showing unique slices of youth culture on MTV is something that resonates with our audience,” said MTV programming head David Janollari.
Who knows. Maybe the kids from “Buck Wild really will be a diverse group, going through realistic growth and conflict without reflecting poorly on the rest of the state in a stereotypical way.
This synopsis fromTV Guide sounds not entirely promising:
Janollari says there will even be a Jackass element to the show, as these budding adults take part in regional pastimes like mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging. “They are definitely authentic with a capital ‘A,’” he says of the show’s stars. “These kids have the same kind of issues and goals and desires as we all do. They all want to find true love or have families. They just live in a world that’s really different that many of us live in.”
MTV could face concerns from some critics or area politicians that Buck Wild might ridicule rural America — a question that past reality shows like UPN’s Amish in the City (and CBS’ scrapped The Real Beverly Hillbillies) have had to address.
But Janollari stresses that the show “is so wholeheartedly not making fun of these kids… they have a great sense of humor, and you’re drawn to them and this world.”
West Virginia has some experience with this kind of production, of course. Members of Boone County’s wild White family practically have a cottage industry going now with their “shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing , drug dealing, pill popping, murders and tap dancing,” as their “publicity” touts.
Our state even has a representative on “Teen Mom 2,” another MTV show. Leah Messer is “a country girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, Leah is a former cheerleader from a small town and the mother of twin girls Alianna and Aleeah.” That reflects a lot of young people, and I want to make it clear I’m not being critical of Leah or teen moms here.
I’m just afraid ‘Buck Wild’ will help MTV make West Virginians look like jackasses.
How do you think this will come off?