Fans of “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor” can breathe easy: the “docu-drama” on TLC has been renewed for a third season and will begin filming next month.
Cecil Patrick -- owner of Patrick’s Mobile Home Park in Myrtle Beach where the show is filmed -- said cast members got word of the renewal Wednesday morning. The second season finale aired March 20.
“We are very grateful,” said Cecil’s daughter, Dana Painter, who also appears on the show. “TLC said their website got 200,000 hits from fans who bombarded them daily [asking for the show to be renewed].”
Filming is expected to begin on the 10-episode season Aug. 11 and last through January. Patrick said he thinks the new season is expected to premiere in January, with crews working quickly to get the final episodes ready while the first episodes begin airing.
Patrick said he’s not sure if there will be any changes to the cast members. In the finale, Chelsey Keller and husband Jared Stetson learned that they were expecting a child. Keller gave birth to a girl, Bellamy Roe Stetson, Wednesday morning.
“We live in a trailer park, so people come and people go,” Patrick said. “There will probably be some differences.”
Patrick said while he’s not sure which night of the week or at what time the third season will air, he believes it will be “even better” than the first two.
“And we expect season three to explode in viewership,” he said.
Patrick’s wife, Barbara Patrick, said there have been huge crowds of people visiting the trailer park off Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach to snap a picture with a cast member or buy merchandise from the souvenir shop.
“Yesterday by 3 p.m. we had 349 people come through the park,” Cecil Patrick said Wednesday.
“And most of them say that this is the first time they’ve been to Myrtle Beach,” Painter said.
The show averaged 1.1 million viewers across 10 episodes in the second season, tying its average ratings for season one, according to Nielsen, the company that measures the ratings of television shows.
The show had its highest ratings during the third episode of the second season, which aired Jan. 30, getting about 1.3 million viewers.
About 1.2 million viewers watched the season two premiere on Jan. 16, with viewership dropping slightly to 1.1 million for the second episode that aired Jan. 23.
Local residents have had mixed reactions to the show since it premiered in March 2013, with some enjoying the hijinks while others saying that it paints Myrtle Beach in a negative light.
“We’re very proud of Jupiter Entertainment because they went to bat for us ... to keep us going,” Cecil Patrick said.
Jupiter Entertainment produces the show along with The Weinstein Co. Representatives from The Weinstein Co. and TLC could not be reached for comment.