Those who’ve been itching for new episodes of the locally-filmed “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” docu-drama can mark their calendars for 10 p.m. Jan. 16 to catch the premiere of the show’s second season.
The show also has been rebranded as “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” according to a press release from The Weinstein Co., which produces the show.
The rebranding was done to make “Myrtle Manor” the first in a “Trailer Park” franchise.
“Coming on the heels of a wildly popular first season, we are incredibly excited to be ushering this series into bigger territory,” said Meryl Poster, president of television for The Weinstein Co., mentioning the “Project Runway” franchise with spinoff shows “Project Runway All Stars” and recently announced “Under the Gunn.”
The production company is developing versions of “Myrtle Manor” in other U.S. locations, according to the release.
“The ‘Trailer Park’ spinoffs that we’re developing promise to bring new twists on the same types of lovable, zany characters and entertaining scenarios,” Poster said.
TLC, the network that airs the show, announced the season two premiere date Thursday, with “Myrtle Manor” slated to follow “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” both moving to a new night.
About 3.2 million viewers watched the season two finale of “Honey Boo Boo” in September and the show averaged nearly 2.4 million viewers across the 12-episode second season, according to Nielsen, the company that measures the ratings of television shows.
The second season of “Myrtle Manor” was filmed this summer and fall at Patrick’s Mobile Home Park off Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach and other locations around the Grand Strand. “Myrtle Manor” averaged 1.1 million viewers across 10 episodes that aired this spring.
Park owner Cecil Patrick has said he has high hopes for the show’s second season.
“If you thought season one was great, then season two will be fantastic,” Cecil Patrick said earlier this year.
According to the TLC release, storylines this season include a rivalry between Myrtle Manor and Village Creek Mobile Home Park located off of U.S. 501 in Horry County and the rocky start to the marriage of cast members Jared Stetson and Chelsey Keller. Stetson and Keller got married in the season one finale episode.
The release also previewed the arrival of a “mysterious new resident,” Stephania and another new character Brock, described as the trailer park handyman. Other season one characters that will return include park owners Patrick and his daughter Becky, Bandit, Miss Peggy and Amanda.
The news releases do not mention season one cast member Taylor J. Burt. TLC spokeswoman Shannon Martin declined to say whether or not Burt would be featured on the second season of the show. Burt said he could not comment on whether he will be in season two because of his contract with TLC.
Burt has been arrested twice since the show premiered in March. He is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 16 after police said a 15-year-old girl told them in April she had sexual relations with Burt. That case is pending.
Burt also is facing disorderly conduct charges stemming from an Oct. 6 fight at Broadway at the Beach. He is awaiting a jury trial for those charges.
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