It was bound to happen. First came "seven strangers picked to live in a house." Then arrived four pregnant teenagers.
Followed by eight over-tanned and over-sexed Italian-Americans living in a beach house in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Finally, in the entertainment industry's ratings-chasing race to the bottom, we are presented with Buckwild, MTV's newest reality series "set" in Sissonville, W.Va.
The show is billed on the network's website as "an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia who love to dodge grown-up responsibilities and always live life with the carefree motto, 'whatever happens, happens.' "
Last week, a two-minute trailer was released online and met with a divided response.
The contents of the trailer include the elements that reality television has recycled for years: alcohol-charged members of the millennial generation (many of whom are underage) acting outrageously against whatever backdrop allows the producers to repackage their tired storyline.
The negative stereotypes embraced by the show have many community leaders dreading the show's Jan. 3 premier.
In all likelihood, the proliferation of cable and satellite television offerings meant it was a matter of "when," not "if," the reality TV world turned its cameras toward "Wild and Wonderful West Virginia" to rerun its storyline.
Executive Producer J.P. Williams, a Morgantown native, has been involved in other cultural phenomena like "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour," stand-up comedy specials, and a number of "Larry the Cable Guy" productions.
The expectation is that Buckwild will be a ratings bonanza.
But what do we make of the aspersions it casts on West Virginia?
Will it hurt our efforts with respect to tourism or economic development? Will it encourage impressionable kids to make choices that undermine their future and the prospects of our state?
Author Charles R. Swindol once said: "I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it."
We can borrow the show's motto and let "whatever happens, happen" and bemoan the inaccurate and unfair challenges presented by this stereotypical portrayal.
Or we can embrace our inner P.T. Barnum and engage the opportunity it presents.
In a 2011 Charleston Daily Mail interview, Williams said: "West Virginia is one of the prettiest states" he has seen.
Though Buckwild does not appear to properly represent Charleston and our culture, it does present a chance to show the rest of the country that West Virginia is, in fact, one of the prettiest states, and that Charleston is a diverse and eclectic city that offers a unique mix that caters to a very broad demographic.