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New MTV Series Upsets Kentucky Mayor

A new series coming to MTV this summer has upset the leader of one Kentucky community.

Made in Kentucky will debut on Thursday nights in July.

The network describes the show as:

Made in Kentucky is a new docu-series that follows a rowdy group of friends in gorgeous Pike County, Kentucky, deep in Appalachian Coal Country. This diverse gang bucks all convention and makes their own fun through country shenanigans and wild behavior: from Hillbilly Jet Skiing and “Rock Bouncing” to River-Slides, Lawnmower Jousting, and making “Hot Tub Pickups” out of their trucks, there’s never a dull moment when these friends come together. In a group this tight, lives intertwine – so there’s no lack of dramatic love stories and complicated love triangles, but friendship always comes first. And while the recent national focus on Coal has revived hope in this once-thriving Coal Town, the group still questions what comes next: stay in the picturesque home they’ve loved forever…or chase opportunities outside of Coal Country?

Representatives from the show spoke to the Elkhorn City city council and got an earful.

The Kentucky New Era reports:

However, according to Elkhorn Mayor Mike Taylor, the scenes being created are not representative of the region at all. He said the crew working on the show attempted to use an Elkhorn City resident’s garbage dumpster to create a hot tub, which he said brought forth a concern that the show will be shining a negative light on the city.

“No. You’re not going to do that. You’re not going to make us look like idiots in Elkhorn City,” said Taylor. “That’s not going to work.”

The Viacom representatives said the “hot tub” was meant to be used in an “improv-type” scene. Another “produced bit” included a game of hide-and-seek which the company said would be played by the cast hiding in vehicles and driving around to find each other.

“It’s just a vehicle for us to get dialogue as we make it seem like the kids are having fun. And they’re young, fun kids,” said one of the production members.

The show won't be the next Buckwild, producers told council, referencing the hard-partying reality show set in West Virginia.

-Staff report