CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the executive producers of the upcoming MTV docu-series "Buck Wild" is a West Virginia native, but don't call him a good ol' boy.
J.P. Williams hails from, in his words, "the more sophisticated part of the state." That's Morgantown, for the record.
The show will put a magnifying glass on young people throughout West Virginia and chronicle their lives.
"I want it to be real, let them be who they are in their everyday lives. I want it to be refreshing to people," Williams said.
Williams, 47, is also the founder and CEO of Parallel Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, which boasts such clientele as Blue Collar comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White.
But that all came after his time in West Virginia, where Williams attended elementary, middle and some high school. He ended up graduating from high school in Uniontown, Pa., just outside Morgantown.
After high school, not a whole lot was happening for Williams, so he took off to New York to work for his uncle's talent agency, Spotlite Enterprises, Ltd.
"I wasn't doing anything at the time except hanging out in playgrounds drinking beer, so I went and worked as a receptionist for him," Williams said.
There, he climbed up the career ladder from receptionist to agent to eventually vice president of West Coast performers. Spotlite represented comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler and Jay Leno, but by 1991 the company was bankrupt, leading Williams back to Morgantown for a short period.
During his short stint back in the Mountain State, he worked with the construction crews that built Ruby Memorial Hospital and became a fan of Mountaineer football.
But by December 1991, Williams had developed Parallel Entertainment in Los Angeles and made it back to West Virginia to visit his family infrequently.
In 2000, when the Blue Collar Comedy Tour really started to take off, he said it didn't seem like work because of the laid-back nature of the quartet.
"The best part about working with Jeff, Bill, Larry and Ron is that really what you see is what you get. It's not a show, and they're good, honest, hard-working people.
"I think probably the biggest thing is that they've never forgotten where they started or where they came from, because in this business that happens all the time," Williams said.
Even though "Buck Wild" will be set in his home state, Williams isn't sure how much he'll be back while it is being shot in the spring. He's not the biggest fan of the weather but says West Virginia is one of the prettiest states he has seen.
"I don't know about an opportunity to come home; I look at it as an opportunity to make money," he said.