‘Party Down South’ to air Jan. 16

cbyun@thesunnews.comDecember 21, 2013 

STEVE JESSMORE — The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

  • If you watch

    What: ``Party Down South''

    When: Jan. 16 at 10 p.m.

    Channel: CMT `Party Down South' to air Jan. 16

The reality television show filmed in Murrells Inlet earlier this year will premiere on CMT Jan. 16, according to a press release from the station.

The show, called ``Party Down South,'' will feature eight cast members ranging in age from 21 to 33 years old, all from the Southeast but none from South Carolina.

The show's launch is scheduled for the same day as the second-season premiere for another locally-filmed reality show.

According to the press release, Party Down South will follow ``eight brazen adults for one wild summer of extreme fun.''

``Their summer vacation spot -- Murrells Inlet, S.C. -- may never be the same after these fast friends work, party and bond with one another over their common love of the South,'' according to the release.

The Burbank, Calif., production company that made ``Jersey Shore'' famous -- 495 Productions -- has a contract with CMT for 10 episodes of a spin-off, but with a tweak of country living. Each episode will last an hour.

Many locals bristled during the summer when the reality show filmed , complaining to Georgetown County Council about the noise and litter from the cast. The council later passed a filming ordinance that regulates time, manner and place associated with future filming activities along the Waccamaw Neck.

For about two months, filming crews and the show's cast took up residence at King Krest, an old waterfront home nestled on the marsh with screened-in porches and a dock.

The house sleeps 11 and rents for about $2,500 a week.

Area businesses, such as Drunken Jack's, contracted with the production company to provide services, a move owner Al Hitchcock called a good business decision.

The show will premiere Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. on CMT. For more information on the cast, visit http://www. cmt.com/show/party-down-south/series.jhtml

On the same day and time, on TLC, the ``Welcome to Myrtle Manor'' docu-drama will premiere its second season. The show has been rebranded as ``Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor,'' according to a press release from The Weinstein Co., which produces the show.

The show was called ``Myrtle Manor'' in its first season. The rebranding was done to make ``Myrtle Manor'' the first in a ``Trailer Park'' franchise.

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