MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two reality shows filmed just miles apart between Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet last summer premiered and faced off in the exact same time slot Thursday.
Cecil, Miss Becky and Dana are back on TLC for the second season of Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor. The show has received mixed reviews from locals, but the family who owns Patrick's Mobile Home Park promises you will laugh this season.
Hundreds turn out for premiere party
The cast members of the TLC show were at a premiere event for the new season Thursday night, held at the Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill. The "red carpet event (Myrtle Beach style)" ran from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 201 Fantasy Harbor Boulevard, and hundreds of people turned out.
It was standing room only at The Boathouse Thursday night to watch the second-season premiere, whether they were they because they like the show or hate it.
From the makeshift red carpet and trailer out front, to the autograph and meet and greet session for Welcome to Myrtle Manor fans, there was something for just about everyone.
The show follows a cast of characters who work and live out of a mobile home park in Myrtle Beach, but ever since the TLC show first started filming on the Grand Strand, there's been some backlash, because some say the show doesn't show the true Myrtle Beach. But fans say it's pretty close.
Some other fans say while Welcome to Myrtle Manor might not show exactly what life is every day in Myrtle Beach, the setting and sights of the characters in familiar neighborhoods make it seem like everything depicted in the show is accurate.
Myrtle Manor a success, but faces local backlash
Welcome to Myrtle Manor premiered with over one million viewers last season, making it a hit. This season they add new cast members, and Cecil, Becky and Dana say it's out with the bad from last season and this one is going to be lots of fun.
"And it's just going to get bigger and bigger and better," says Cecil Patrick. "We're just so excited about it... and this year, it's just… it's fun. that's the only way to put it. It's fun. It's amazing to see how the city of Myrtle Beach and the area is coming around. and how all local people are coming to see us now. we're just real grateful."
The Patrick family has lived in this area for five generations. You'd never know they've become the stars of a national television show. Fans drive by the office building like clock work every few minutes. Some even come inside to say hello, not knowing what to expect, but they're met with a smile and a wave. Becky Robertson says they sit and talk with fans, sometimes for hours.
"It's amazing to see how the city of myrtle beach and the area is coming around," Robertson says, "and how all local people are coming to see us now. We're just real grateful."
Ever since the show started filming on Myrtle Beach there has been some backlash by some who said the show does not show what life is really like on the Grand Strand. However, fans of the show said it comes pretty close.
"If you're wrong and you live in Myrtle Beach then that's what the life is," said Emily Ochieng.
'Party Down South' also premiered Thursday
CMT's Party Down South was filmed last summer. The show follows eight young people during one wild summer of extreme fun in a summer in Murrells Inlet, according to the website. It adds the cast will do whatever it takes to have a good time.
Party Down South made its debut Thursday night on CMT at the same time. The show follows characters that you could compare to a cast like the Jersey Shore as they live out a summer.
This show also drew some backlash from locals, prompting the Georgetown County Council to change its film ordinance. Horry County Council is also looking at doing something along the same lines to help keep track of who is filming and where.
WMBF News has made attempts to contact those in charge of the show for more information, but never received a response.
Both shows premiered at 10 p.m. on Thursday.