MTV’s ‘Buckwild’: Special to Air Sunday, Producer Lashes Out Over Cancellation
Very late last night brought the news that MTV’s ‘Buckwild‘ would officially halt production, canceling the series after the tragic accident that took the life of 21-year-old star Shain Gandee and two others via carbon monoxide poisoning. Today MTV has issued its official statement on the matter, with plans to aid a special dedicated to Gandee this Sunday, but producer J.P. Williams had some harsh words for the cable network over the cancellation of MTV’s ‘Buckwild.’
While the tragic death of Shain Gandee seemingly put an end to MTV’s ‘Buckwild,’ we’ve not heard the last of the drama from the Appalachian reality series. The network officially issued its statement on the cancellation today, promising that existing footage shot for season 2 would find its way into a two-hour special devoted to Gandee on April 14, titled ‘Buckwild: WV to the NYC’
After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of “BUCKWILD” in West Virginia. We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain’s tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.
Less accepting of the decision was the show’s executive producer, J.P. Williams, however, who felt blindsided by MTV’s decision to cancel production of ‘Buckwild.’ “This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy,” Williams said to The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show? There’s something that smells of s— here on every level.”
With four episodes of the second season already shot before Gandee’s passing, Williams claimed that he intends to find a way for production to continue, or at least utilize existing footage to make a ‘Buckwild’ film. “My job is to protect these kids,” said Williams. “This will get ugly.”
What say you? Do you think ‘Buckwild’ should end with Shain Gandee’s death, or would continuation honor his memory?