UPDATE: MTV confirms to Wetpaint Entertainment that Buckwild will not be moving forward with Season 2, explaining, "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."
That tribute comes in the form of Buckwild: WV to the NYC, a special that was shot before production had begun on Season 2, following a day of programming dedicated to Shain — aka the entire first season of Buckwild. This special, airing on Sunday, April 14, only moved forward after Shain's parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee gave the support to MTV.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buckwild has been canceled following Season 2’s production shutdown, and it has at least one person livid.
Producer J.P. Williams, who manages most of the cast members and produces the show, told THR that on Friday, his company, Parallel Entertainment, and the show’s production company Zoo Productions were told that “MTV would be moving forward with the series” with four episodes filmed, four more planned, and a special dedicated to Shain to kick off Season 2. However, the tides changed today, with “no explanation” for the sudden cancellation.
"This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. 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?” he questioned. ”There's something that smells of s--- here on every level."
J.P. adds that the cancellation will be officially announced tomorrow morning — but he and the cast (who just launched a viral campaign to save it) are fighting to keep the show going.
"My job is to protect these kids,” he told THR, suggesting that he’ll continue shooting and even self-finance a film. “This will get ugly.”
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter