Tuesday, January 14, 2014
While a great deal of hoopla surrounded the filming of “Party Down South” in Murrells Inlet, the reality show's debut is being met by relatively cold shoulders.
Only one location — Uncle Tito's — which was the site of some of the 24/7 filming that went on last summer, has plans to celebrate the 10 p.m. TV show on CMT. From 9 p.m. the tavern plans to offer $3 Jaegers and Fireballs. Along with the drinks, the bar plans to offer hot dogs, pizza, ham and cheese and burgers on the grill.
“We're on it,” said Chad Smith, who was tending bar Monday. “They did some filming here and the crew often came in after work.”
The show's developers, 495 Productions, had no plans for anything special in Murrells Inlet, said Amanda Ruisi, a publicist for the producers.
People at other sites where the eight-member cast worked, played and ate either did not comment or could not be reached for comment. People who might be in any of the 10 shows, which will run for an hour each week, were required to sign documents that prohibited them from discussing any aspect of the show.
“We can't say anything,” said a woman at Twisted Sister Marina, where the cast members “worked” during the filming.
“We have nothing planned,” said Matt Fusco, the chef at Inlet Affairs, which catered meals for the crew during the six weeks of filming. Its sister restaurant, Drunken Jack's, is closed for repairs.
At Wahoo's Fish House, which is featured in at least one of the promo segments that has been airing on the CMT website, this summer's activities are just a memory. “They came in one night, but they showed their hineys, and we had to ask them to leave, to come back later,” said a man who asked that his name not be released because he was not authorized to comment. “They didn't come back, and that was OK.”
The Crooked Floor Tavern also was a film site, but owner Mike Foster said there would be no special activities for the show's debut.
“We had no problem with them – the cast and crew – with the exception of one verbal altercation between a cast member and a patron, but we don't plan to do anything special,” he said.
Even the social media pages were relatively quiet about the show. Many people who posted on the Facebook page “We ‘Just Said NO' to ‘The Dirty South'” wrote that they had no plans to watch the show, let alone go out to see it.
“I say no!!!,” wrote Tricia Collins.
“I myself … will not support them in any way shape or form!!!!!! MI needs to stay the peaceful little place it is. I've lived here my whole entire life (born and raised) and not once have I never been so embarrassed to call this place home!,” commented Claire Fookes.
The show follows eight young people, ranging in age from their early 20s to early 30s, during a monthlong stay at King's Krest in Murrells Inlet.
Almost from the outset the show drew controversy, because people worried how the Inlet would be portrayed on the show. King's Krest is one of about 40 homes available for seasonal weekly rentals.