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Are you still grieving the demise of MTV's Jersey Shore? Well, buck up, because the network has a brand new show for you!
Here comes…Buckwild (premiering Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET). MTV describes it as a show about "an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia who love to dodge grownup responsibilities and always live life with the carefree motto, 'whatever happens, happens.'"
After watching the show's trailer (above), we're starting to think that Buckwild is basically Jersey Shore meets Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. You have your lovable/irresponsible party kids, but there's no hot tub -- so the smushing takes place in a dump truck swimming pool. The premise seems to be that 20-somethings don't need any amenities to misbehave. Rednecks just blow stuff up, shoot orange soda bottles off of tree stumps, and hurl obscenities at their parents. (And, yes, we can definitely see 7-year-old pageant star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson starring on this show in about 10 years!)
Here's how Buckwild compares to the shows that inspired it:
Outraged state officials have publicly condemned the show's misguided portrayal of its people.
Governor Chris Christie withheld tax credits from Jersey Shore's production. "As chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens," he said.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Angered by the emphasis on garbage dumps and rusty cars on front lawns, Wilkinson County Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan Jackson said that Honey Boo Boo portrayed his town unfairly. "You can't very well ask and expect a television network to possess tact and taste -- unless it makes them a dollar," he said.
As in New Jersey, the West Virginia Film Office denied tax credits to the Buckwild production, because it portrayed residents in a derogatory manner. "West Virginians, we've got some of the greatest young kids, who've accomplished an awful lot," West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin told Matt Lauer on Today. "Why can't they show a balance?"
Fighting Is fun!
Bar brawls are a Jersey Hall hallmark, and this one (when Snooki got socked) got the show lots of early attention.
Honey Boo Boo
Perhaps Alana could hear the condescension in Billy Bush's tone. During her Access Hollywood interview, she took him up on his offer to pillow fight with her -- and gave it all she had.
Ashley decided to throw a rowdy "piss off the neighbors" party. When the neighbor was, in fact, pissed off, a screaming match ensued. Watch the promo to see part of it.
Let's get wet and wild!
At the Shore house, the hot tub is sacred (if not exactly hygienic). As the gang explains here, the rules of the hot tub are that there are no rules -- with the exception of…"Don't go skinny dipping alone."
Honey Boo Boo
Mama June explains that the family can always find free things to do with their free time, such as the redneck Slip 'n' Slide.
Four words: Dump truck swimming pool. "If there ain't no swimming pool, just buck it," says a voiceover for this clip, which introduces the dump truck swimming pool. "That's how we cool down round here in these parts," says Shain.
If Buckwild ends up being as popular as these two other guilty pleasures, then we'd better gear up for a pop culture phenomenon -- and whole new vocabulary of redneck party slang!