Reality show to debut in March

February 9, 2013 

— TV viewers are about to see a different side of a destination known for its beaches, golf courses and attractions.

``Welcome to Myrtle Manor,'' which filmed in Patrick's Mobile Home Park off Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach last year, will debut at 10 p.m. March 3 on TLC, a network known for shows such as ``Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'' and ``Breaking Amish.''

The 10-part series follows ``Becky,'' who takes over the reins of the family-built mobile home park from her father, Cecil. She'll be trying to turn the community into a five-star resort, according to promos about the show. Each episode will last an hour.

The cast includes Becky and other family members, as well as the park's security guard, a former drag queen, a Goth wiccan, owner of a hot dog business on wheels, an owner of a salon that was built in the mobile home park, a local club promoter and others.

Here's part of the description TLC provided about the show:

“A transient community, the residents of Myrtle Manor come from all walks of life -- some have lived there for 30 years, others only 30 days, and like the legions of tourists visiting Myrtle Beach, they treat every day like a vacation. From wacky hijinks and relationship drama, to evictions and backyard brawls, there's never a dull moment inside the Manor. While at first glance it seems very different from the places most of us live, at its core, it's a neighborhood and although these colorful characters may argue, scream and fight, at the end of the day, they abide by trailer park law -- you mess with one, you mess with the whole trailer park.''

A TLC spokeswoman could not be reached Thursday. Becky declined to talk about the show until TLC signed off on the interview.

Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said he ``will wait and see what the program looks like'' before commenting on how it represents Myrtle Beach.

What folks across the country think of Myrtle Beach is important because it could influence the area's top industry: tourism. About 14 million people visit the Grand Strand every year.

``The viewing public is aware that everything may not be what it seems on television,'' Kruea said.

Myrtle Beach has been featured on other national TV shows, including another TLC series, ``Cake Boss.''

``Welcome to Myrtle Manor'' might end up creating an attraction: The mobile home park itself, Kruea said.

``Who knows? It may become a tourist attraction,'' he said. ``That wouldn't surprise me at all.''

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