CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first season of "Buckwild" may have elicited groans from the home state of its characters, but it's pleased MTV enough to warrant a second season.
The network announced Wednesday that it would pick up the show for a second season. MTV says on average it pulls 3 million viewers per episode. Filmed in Sissonville and Charleston, the series features a group of nine young people from West Virginia. In the first season, audiences have watched them fight and drink, romp in mud and make an impromptu swimming pool from the bed of a truck.
The groups' antics — amplified by their portrayal on national television — drew ire from West Virginians who bemoaned the reinforcement of common stereotypes about Appalachia.
The executive producers are Zoo Productions and J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment, a native West Virginian best known for creating Blue Collar Comedy.
In December, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin wrote a letter to MTV executives, asking them to remove the "travesty" of a show from the network's lineup, saying Buckwild "plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."
Alisa Bailey, president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been boycotting the show but says she's surprised and disappointed that the hype over the show hasn't fizzled out yet.
"We were hoping for a fast death," she said. "But I guess a slow one will do."
She's been pleased, though, to find that it doesn't seem to have had much of a negative impact on tourism in this part of the state; people almost never mention the series in dealings with her office.
MTV has billed the program as a replacement for the popular reality series "Jersey Shore," which drew criticism for its portrayal of Italian Americans. The two shows have occupied the same 10 p.m. Thursday time slot on MTV.
The 12-episode Buckwild series premiered Jan. 3, and two half-hour episodes including the first-season finale will air tonight.
The two back-to-back final episodes begin at 10 p.m. after a series of cast interviews that begin at 8 p.m. The network has not said when the second season will start.
The West Virginia Film Office denied the show tax credits meant to promote film production in the state. The panel believed the show would be derogatory and so refused to grant MTV the 31 percent tax break.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.