CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Arriving just in time for the holiday season, the trailer for MTV's "Buckwild" is now out, and in January, the show will fill the timeslot of the soon-to-end "Jersey Shore."
Shot on location in and around Sissonville, the show follows a group of young West Virginians doing what they like to do.
What the cast of "Buckwild" likes to do, apparently, is drink, drive recklessly, go swimming in the back of a dump truck, get into fights and literally roll around in the mud.
At least, that's some of what happens in the two-minute trailer available online.
Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, sounded slightly winded after viewing the trailer.
"Wow," she said. "That's just most unfortunate."
Bailey said these kinds of reality shows tend to sensationalize and exaggerate, and she hoped people watching "Buckwild" at home will see it not as how West Virginians really live.
"Obviously, the show is just perpetuating a stereotype West Virginia has been working hard to shed ourselves of," she said. "Unfortunately, a show of this nature, if it becomes popular, will make it very hard to sell the state of West Virginia or the city of Charleston."
Early on, the West Virginia Film Office, which can offer tax credits of up to 31 percent to film and television productions in the state, denied the credits over concerns about negative portrayals of state residents.
Pam Haynes, director of the film office, told the Gazette in 2011, "The legislation is clear that a production company can't participate in the program if it shows West Virginia in a derogatory manner."
Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said he found the trailer shocking and not representative of the people who live in the county and state.
"They're unfortunately pushing a stereotype I think most people [in West Virginia] will resent, but this is America. You can put that kind of garbage on television."
Reception of the trailer outside of public officials is mixed. Several Sissonville residents, past and present, said they were disappointed by what they saw.
Karla Koontz-Moyer, a Sissonville native who now lives in Florida, said the trailer disgusted her.
"It's embarrassing," she said.
A mother of two, who returns home occasionally to visit family, she said she hated that the show has anything to do with the Wolfpen area.
"My grandfather was born and raised there," she said. "Thank God, he's not around to see this."
Reid Pierce said he didn't think much of the trailer for the show and acknowledged it certainly didn't put West Virginia in a positive light, but conceded that some of what's going to be featured on the show isn't rare.
The 27-year-old said he and his friends have done crazy stuff, too.
"But these aren't the kind of things you'd want to do in front of a camera crew."