CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants MTV to cancel the Kanawha County-based reality show "Buckwild" that's set to air early next year.
Manchin's office said Friday that he sent a letter to the president of the network saying the show profits off "poor decisions of our youth."
The senator also said the show, scheduled to begin airing Jan. 3, plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia.
The network ordered 12 episodes of the show last fall, and a trailer shows the cast drinking and swearing, four-wheeling and fighting, even filling a dump truck with water and using it as a swimming pool. It was shot in Sissonville and Charleston.
An MTV spokeswoman said Friday that the network had no comment.
However, Entertainment Weekly talked to 'Buckwild' producer John Stevens, who said the show "celebrates the youths in a very positive way." Viewers, he told the magazine, will "watch the show and wish they could be them.
"It's not like looking at a train wreck," Stevens told Entertainment Weekly. "That's not what it is. That's the part I'm really excited about. There is a certain coolness to it. It's different than a lot of the stuff that has been produced. I think it's going to get people talking and it might change people's perspectives. These kids are totally wild and carefree. It will be very refreshing to the MTV audience."
Manchin is not alone in his concern for how the show might portray West Virginia.