Spoiler alerts: They’re filmed in the Grand Strand but that’s about all that’s real about them.
Update, March 5, 2013: Well??? Did you watch??? What did you think? Yeah, me too.
My friends over at TheDigitel Myrtle Beach had me crying with laughter in their review. It was simple, but hit the nail on the head.
So what now? I suspect the hype will die down as we all settle in for the ride. I’ve got my DVR set for the series. You know I couldn’t resist! I’ve just truly got my fingers crossed that the world can see through the guise of “reality” and recognize the heavy scripting and acting. I swear if they would just call this show a sitcom, I’d be on board.
I’m hopeful this show won’t impact the tourist season for our local businesses in a bad way. I’m also hopeful that, despite the show’s best efforts to negatively stereotype those living in trailer parks, folks realize that good people live there too.
Original post, February 18, 2013: I’d venture to believe that almost everyone on the Grand Strand has seen the promo for TLC’s new “docu-drama” called Welcome to Myrtle Manor. So many of these shows get a few episodes and fizzle out, sometimes even before they make it to air. I’ve known about this one for awhile and had my fingers crossed it would die.
Here’s the premise. Cameras follow residents of a local trailer park and film redneck shennangins. What a hoot, right? Yeah, not so much when it feels like the only intent of the show is to ruin the reputation of a fantastic place.
TLC, formerly known as The “Learning” Channel (indulge my quotes because I dare you to give me an example of any non-reality-based show they’ve produced in the last several years), is known for other hits such as Toddlers in Tiaras (“Time for my go-go juice!”), Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (“You better redneckognize”), and Cheer Perfection (“If you fall again I’m going to replace you!”). I have never used so many parentheses in my life but I appreciate your understanding.
There are two things bothering me most about Myrtle Manor. 1) In no other show do they go after a location so badly, and 2) word on the street is that this whole thing is fiction, they’re just not presenting it as such.
First, and allegedly, the main character doesn’t even live there. Second, the beauty shop featured in the show was created specifically for it. Third, the pool in the mobile home neighborhood was constructed for the show with the purpose of driving trucks in it. I haven’t seen more than the previews, so I’m, admittedly, passing along hearsay.
So much of Myrtle Beach’s economy is tourist based. Locals cope with traffic and crowds from May through August so that we can enjoy all the area has to offer September through April.
When the mention of moving here first came up for our family about ten years ago I said no. It’s touristy. It’s trafficky. It’s dirty. Circumstances unfolded, we had our daughter, I decided to give the stay-at-home mom thing a try, and Myrtle Beach welcomed us with open arms.
I love it here. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed raising our children here. I want to live out my retirement here.
We have hundreds (thousands?) of dining options within a short drive. We have miles and miles of beautiful beaches. We have a maritime forest that shows us new things every time we visit. There is rich history here that is always fun to explore. There are constant cultural opportunities. I don’t regret our choice to move and stay here at all! And honestly, it makes me MAD that TLC and their allegedly misleading show is attempting to ruin that image for those wishing to visit or relocate to the Grand Strand.
I hope that the local cast members involved are prepared to deal with their 15 minutes of fame while experiencing the displeasure of those who are angry that they’d agree to trash their hometown. I hope the money was worth it.
How do you feel about how Welcome to Myrtle Manor will portray Myrtle Beach?
If case you haven’t heard much about the show, check out a Digitel article that has been covering the story since word broke about it.
Want to read more? Check out the latest on the Myrtle Beach for Families blog.