Was there anyone in the free world who did not know that Buckwild was not going to have a second season because one of the cast members died? Shockingly the answer to that question is yes, yes there was. One of the producers J.P. Williams seemed to think it was merely a minor blip in production and that the show must go on. I have to wonder how long Williams has been producing reality TV because the average viewer has been down this road before and knows that the death of a primary cast member during filming means end of filming. Perhaps, if Shain had gotten stuck in the mud and died after the show was entirely in the can, Williams may have had a shot at the show airing. But not when a kid dies mid-filming.
This has apparently come as a complete shock to Williams and now he wants to fund a film in order to get his footage seen by the public. But wait, there is more, click through for his outrageous comments to 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 [mudding] and they cancel the show?” he fumes. “There’s something that smells of s— here on every level.”
“There was no explanation,” he says, still bewildered. He adds that the cast, which had planned to come to Los Angeles for the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, had not been informed of the news. The network is expected to formally announce the show’s cancellation Wednesday morning. A special, which was shot before Gandee’s death and was produced by an outside production company, is still expected to air.
Williams, who manages eight of the show’s cast members, including Gandee, does not intend to move on to other projects. In fact, he suggests that he will continue shooting the series and will look to produce a Buckwild film, which he would self-finance if need be. “My job is to protect these kids,” he tells THR, adding: “This will get ugly.”
This will get ugly? Uglier than someone attempting to profit off of a kid’s death? I can hardly wait, Mr. Williams.