MTV Cancels Buckwild in the Wake of Shain Gandee's Death, and the Show's Producer Is Not Pleased

By Tim Surette

Apr 10, 2013

The mudding will continue, but the cameras won't be there to capture it. A week after the accidental death of 21-year-old Buckwild star Shain Gandee (pictured above, far left, in the green shirt), MTV has decided to cancel the West Virginia-set reality program that was halfway through filming its second season, reports TMZ

Gandee—who died on April 1 of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, along with two other passengers not connected to the show—became Buckwild's breakout star in the show's first season thanks to his reckless behavior and southern charm. Not only did the series lose its biggest personality, but proceeding with the show in his absence could have been construed as insensitive and would've been a blow to MTV's image.

But at least one person doesn't see it that way. Buckwild producer J.P. Williams is irate with MTV's decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "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 and they cancel the show? There's something that smells of shit here on every level." 

Williams claims that MTV told him the show would continue as recently as Friday, and was shocked when the network changed its mind on Tuesday.

After Gandee died, Danny Jones—the mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, where Buckwild was filmed—urged MTV to cancel the show, citing Gandee's death and drug charges for other cast members, Salwa Amin and Michael Burford. "The show only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has," Jones told TMZ. "I hope the show's life is short." 

Buckwild, about young kids living the redneck life and partying, was seen as the successor to MTV's other program about reckless living and hooking up, Jersey Shore. Though not quite the hit Jersey Shore was in its prime, Buckwild had impressed in the ratings early in its life.

MTV will air a special dedicated to Gandee this Sunday.

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  • barbiegallowa Apr 11, 2013

    thats bull that it can't it was a real show that shows people how they really acted even if it is camera. But i know that this was my favorite tv show after jersey shores. But it is not our decision it is mtv decision and yeah. But oh well. I love you shain <3

  • KevinG87 Apr 11, 2013

    I voted cancel it just because the show was idiotic.. but I'm kind of with the producer on this, why cancel it? it was horrible what happened, not denying that, but if it's supposed to be a REALITY show, then let them deal with the reality of what's actually happening.

  • Silver_Sword_14 Apr 11, 2013

    I'm glad MTV did the right thing here, but we all know they'll just end up replacing Buckwild with similar trash. Although, I will miss Cara's pretty face... and Shae's... and Salwa's. (Spin-off?)

  • Writerpatrick Apr 11, 2013

    If they're between seasons, then it's the most opportune time to cancel the show. This will allow the network plenty of time to pick another show to replace it with. It may not make everyone happy, but it's a smart business move.

  • LydiaWilson1 Apr 11, 2013

    How did I miss this news? I am actually really upset. He was the one who seemed the most genuine on the show - despite the fact that they sometimes had to subtitle him he was a natural in front of the camera.

  • CharmedOneP391 Apr 11, 2013

    I'll miss the show, but in all reality, this was the best thing to do. Had Season 2 aired one of two things would've happened, the ratings (and quality) would've dropped due to Shain's death, or the opposite and his death would've boosted the show, (because you know how people are) which just isn't right.

    I'll be watching the tribute special on Sunday

  • DwightWeather Apr 10, 2013

    "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child..."

    If he is referencing girls who decide to give their babies up for adoption then he is a complete jackass, but if you read his quote you already know that.

  • katikool Apr 10, 2013

    Couldn't have put it better myself! What a class act.

  • Twezzy90 Apr 10, 2013

    While I agree that he's a jackass... I think he may be referring to Janelle from Teen Mom 2... I haven't really watched it, but from previews it looks like she's been in rehab, jail, and some abusive relationships all while her mom takes care of her son for her. In that case, it may benefit her to not be on tv and go somewhere to get serious help to get her life together.

    But despite the producer's douchey comment, it does make you question where the line is for when the cameras should stop running on these type of reality shows. Almost everyone from the cast of Jersey Shore had some type of charges brought on them, be it intoxication, violence, or drugs... all within the run of the show. Some of the issue that the cast members of their reality shows go through are serious, but they don't stop filming because its still interesting and people like to see people fall and crumble from the comfort of their homes.....

    It's just sad that it takes somebody literally having to die for enough to be enough.

  • scyfymum2 Apr 10, 2013

    But people keep watching & that's why thees shows keep getting made.

  • ZeroCals Apr 10, 2013

    The guy is a jackass, plain and simple, but MTV is pretty deplorable too. Shows like "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom", that do nothing but glorify teens who have made less than stellar life-choices, make that pretty apparent..

  • tamaabi Apr 10, 2013

    I'm pretty sure he is (refering to... and a complete jackass)

  • bonezrulz05 Apr 10, 2013

    At least someone on MTV has a shred of common decency. The idea that the show would continue after one of its stars dies, whilst doing the very thing the show promotes, is ludicrous & cruel.

    Now on to greener pastures. More scripted telly a la Teen Wolf & Awkward please :)

  • BrookeDsBaby Apr 10, 2013

    It was an unfortunate accident but in no way had anything to do with the show. If an actor died in a car accident, should their show be forbidden from ever showing a car again thus "promoting" car accidents.

  • bonezrulz05 Apr 10, 2013

    He died as a direct result of engaging in behaviour that the show glorifies. I know it had nothing to do with the show. The fact that it happened off-camera doesn't change what happened though. And I think there's a difference between what happened to Shain Gandee and your run of the mill car accident.

  • DrSpongejr Apr 10, 2013

    May he rest in piece, and my thoughts are with those he was closest with and his family. On another note, I hope MTV fills the show's void with some good scripted programming.

  • Carla-Wexler Apr 10, 2013

    Or perhaps...I'm just batshit crazy for saying this.....go back to it's roots and start playing music?

  • iheartfrosty Apr 10, 2013

    This would be a great chance for MTV to clean house. Keep veteran reality programs like The Real World, The Challenge and Made (and Catfish if you have to), and focus more on original scripted programming.

    Awkward. and Teen Wolf have really shown that MTV can do scripted really well. Run with it. Also, more MTV Animation. I personally wouldn't hate a Daria-esque animated show.

  • Twezzy90 Apr 10, 2013

    I completely agree with you (even though I'm not a fan of The Real World, but it has its moments)... MTV could really take this as a chance to rethink their programming and have a more legitimate line-up of programs.

    I would absolutely love a Daria-esque animated show! and just better more intelligent shows, period.

    Even some good music related programs would be nice... Seeing as they are "Music Television" lol

  • buildam2005 Apr 10, 2013

    No kidding. It's so weird that a show like Jersey Shore is on the same network as one with two of the best scripted series out there. What a weird world.