CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking MTV to cancel the West Virginia-based reality show “Buckwild” that’s set to air next year.
Manchin’s office said Friday that he sent a letter to the president of the network saying the show profits off of “poor decisions of our youth.”
The senator also said the show set to begin airing Jan. 3 plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of his home state.
The network ordered 12 episodes of the show last fall, and a trailer shows the cast drinking and swearing, four-wheeling and fighting, even filling a dump truck with water and using it as a swimming pool. It was shot in Sissonville and Charleston.
MTV declined comment Friday through a spokeswoman. “Buckwild” is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10/9c on MTV. A press release issued by MTV on Nov. 29 describes the show this way: It’s “a new series following a group of nine young, carefree and adventurous friends living in West Virginia.
“Having known each other for years, the young people in the series are united by the deep pride they have for small-town American life, in which they find unique ways to create their own fun,” the MTV release said. “From transforming a dump truck into a pool party to building a human sling shot, they live their lives loud and proud without restrictions. Beyond dating, friendship, and their love of mudding, the bond they share with family and friends is always at the core for this fun-loving group.”
Twelve half-hour episodes have been produced, MTV said, with back-to-back episodes airing each week (which means this show will be outta there in six weeks).