Thursday's announcement and video trailer also triggered a slew of discussion on social media. Some of it was positive - some, less so.
One Sissonville resident called it "a waste of film and time" on the community discussion board Topix. Another called it "an embarrassment."
But others were supportive, defending the kids' right to have fun and take the national stage.
"Remember that these are still people not just an image," one user said. "They were chosen for their unique quirky personalities."
By the early afternoon one of the show's stars, Ashley Whitt, had taken to Twitter to defend herself.
"Keep hatin'," she wrote, before telling her critics she'll "be laughing all the way to the bank."
MTV twice applied for tax credits from the West Virginia Film Office, but was denied the 31 percent tax break. The panel believed the show would be derogatory.
Zoo Productions and J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, are producing the show. Williams is a West Virginia native. He told the Daily Mail last year that the show isn't meant to ridicule West Virginians, but that he sees it as less an opportunity to return to his home state than "an opportunity to make money."
The show will air two back-to-back episodes each week on MTV, from 10 to 11 p.m., beginning Jan. 3.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.