Since America’s appetite for ridiculing rednecks is apparently insatiable TLC is launching a new reality TV show next month entitled “Welcome to Myrtle Manor.”
And yes, the show stars a bunch of South Carolina trailer park rednecks – which isn’t surprising considering 17.9 percent of South Carolina domiciles are of the mobile variety (the highest percentage in the nation).
We previewed the launch of this show back in September when it was being filmed behind Patrick’s Mobile Home Park off Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Originally slated for release last December, the show will now debut on March 3 at 10:00 p.m. EST.
As we noted in our original post, “Myrtle Manor” is being produced by Knoxville, Tennessee-based Jupiter Entertainment (which also produces Oxygen’s “Snapped,” and Discovery’s “Sons of Guns”) and The Weinstein Co., which produces “Project Runway” and “Bridezillas.”
“The ten-part one-hour reality series follows the antics and conflicts of the residents of a long time trailer park community in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” reports Deadline Hollywood. “As you would expect, the mobile home community has characters of all backgrounds. There’s the landlord whose family has owned the park for generations, the hot dogs on wheels company owners, hairdressers and drag queens, jingle writers, security guards and, as all trailer parks have, Wiccans.”
In fact per TLC, here is the show’s dramatis personae:
Becky: The Trailer Park Landlord
Myrtle Manor has been in Becky’s family for generations and now her father Cecil is turning over the business to her. Will she turn it into the five-star trailer park she has always dreamed of or will Cecil have to fire her before Myrtle Manor falls apart?
Jeana: Aunt to Becky
Miss Jeana (with a J) is Becky’s aunt. Having just split from her husband of over 20 years, Jeana is making a fresh start in Myrtle Manor with her motorcycle, her new look, and her no excuses approach to life.
Cecil: Becky’s father, brother to Jeana, Owner of Myrtle Manor
Cecil is the patriarch of Myrtle Manor and one of Myrtle Beach’s largest landowners. Cecil’s daddy built the trailer park and now Cecil is entrusting the family legacy to Becky. If she cannot keep the money coming in and the riff raff going out, Cecil may have to reconsider the future of the park.
Jared: The New Guy
After drifting from place to place, Jared storms into Myrtle Manor on his crotch rocket. Seeing Jared down on his luck, Miss Becky has a soft spot for him and literally gives him a new lot in life with a beat-up Airstream on a patch of grass. Jared can live rent free until he gets a job if he earns his keep by doing odd jobs for Myrtle Manor. He wants to do right by Becky, but will his wild ways get him into trouble?
Chelsey: Darlin’ Dog Wiener Girl
Chelsey is the co-founder of Darlin’ Dogs – a struggling hot dog business on wheels. Chelsey is determined to create a hot dog empire on the boardwalks of Myrtle Beach, but when all the earnings go to parties and booze, the Darlin’ Dogs will have a hard time making rent at Myrtle Manor.
Lindsay: Darlin’ Dog Wiener Girl
The perpetually giggling Lindsay is co-founder of Darlin’ Dogs. Less business savvy than her partner Chelsey, Lindsay is more interested in the Myrtle Beach nightlife than slinging hot dogs for cash.
Amanda: Newest Darlin’ Dog
Wearing a “Bless Your Heart” trucker hat and a whole lot of attitude, Amanda is the turtle hunting, four wheel driving redneck of the Darlin Dogs Empire. The Weiner Girls, Chelsey and Lindsey, found their new co-worker at a bar and they better be careful, because Amanda’s motto is, “You can’t call someone a true friend until you get into a fight.”
Gina: Co-owner of Tangulls (Myrtle Manor hair salon) and hairdresser
Miss Gina has lived in Myrtle Beach all her life. When Becky wanted to give the trailer park a new image, she looked no further than Miss Gina to open a salon in Myrtle Manor. Although she doesn’t live in the park, Miss Gina is more than happy to have Tangulls serve as the rumor mill for the residents.
Roy: Co-owner of Tangulls (Myrtle Manor hair salon), hairdresser and former drag queen
Roy might not be your average good ole boy, but Roy is as Southern as they come. Originally from a small town in North Carolina, Roy moved to the “New York of the South” after beauty school. He’s worked the pageant route and is considered one of the top make-up artists in Myrtle Beach. Roy is the first to admit that his lips and cheekbones are surgically enhanced, but his man boobs are all his.
Taylor: Local Club Promoter
Taylor is the king of Myrtle Beach nightlife. When he’s not at the club, Taylor is trying to manage his volatile relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Jessica. And if he needs any help, his mom Anne lives in the trailer across the street.
Gus: Taylor’s Dog
Gus is Taylor’s wingman, his confidant and his best friend. When not drooling all over Taylor’s trailer, Gus is watching over Myrtle Manor.
Jessica: Taylor’s Girlfriend
With her fire engine red hair and piercings, Jessica is hard to miss at Myrtle Manor. The young beauty can be found flirting with the boy next door or fighting on the front porch of the trailer that she shares with her boyfriend Taylor.
Anne: Taylor’s Mother
Anne lives across the street from her son Taylor. With white wine in hand, she tries to keep the peace between Taylor, Jessica and all of Myrtle Manor. A little quirky, Anne’s wisdom is uniquely Myrtle Beach.
Marvin: Security Guard
Marvin is this five-star trailer park’s head of security. Marvin’s job is to ensure the safety of the residents, direct traffic and help Miss Becky keep the rules enforced.
Bandit: Jingle Writer
This jingle writer, hot rod driving and New Yorker Roger is also known as “Bandit.” His deluxe doublewide may look fancy on the outside, but inside, the roaches and mold are threating his makeshift recording studio. With his livelihood in jeopardy, Bandit is a jingle session shy from being evicted by Becky.
Miss Peggy: The eyes and ears of Myrtle Manor
Miss Peggy is the oldest resident at Myrtle Manor, but this little old lady has some surprises in store. Not your average Grandma, Miss Peggy reminds everyone you only live once and Miss Peggy is here to LIVE.
Shellie: The Wiccan
Shellie, one of Myrtle Beach’s few and proud Goth wiccans, resides at Myrtle Manor. As the owner of a Goth/Metal Club on the boardwalk, her odd hours keep the trailer park residents talking. Ask her what kind of witch she is and she will explain there is no such thing as good or bad witches. Just witches.
Alyson: Becky’s Daughter
Alyson is Becky’s youngest daughter and the princess of the park. Currently in school for business, she one day hopes to take over management of Myrtle Manor.
“It’s a great day in South Carolina …”