'Jersey Shore' creators bringing new reality TV show to Murrells Inlet

Yet another reality TV show is coming to the Grand Strand. A new show on CMT about a group of friends spending their summer on the beach is set to start filming in Murrells Inlet next week.

The creators of MTV's Jersey Shore are in the early stages of the show's production.

Although most details about the show have not yet been released, Drunken Jack's co-owner Al Hitchcock said he was approached by producers with 495 productions about filming in his restaurant a few weeks ago. He said that the restaurant will also be helping with catering.

"We'll be feeding them 3 meals a day for 30 days, over 100 people a day 110 or something like that," he explained.

Hitchcock said he thinks the show will help drive traffic to all the businesses in the area. "Each time our name is mentioned, it's good for the area, it brings people here and even the production of it is good for the area, they bring money here."

Georgetown County officials said the cast will be staying at King's Krest, a home right near the Marshwalk and right next door to a number of other residential properties, including Beth Stedman, who lives three doors down from King's Krest. She and some of her neighbors are very concerned.

"We don't need a reality show that's promoting itself as featuring the South's most outrageous characters here in Murrells Inlet."

Stedman is also worried about what the show will do to the Inlet's reputation. "How is it going to negatively impact the image that Murrell's Inlet has worked so hard to achieve all of these years?"

Stedman added that she's worried about the residual effects of having a reality show right in her backyard. "Are we going to start having gawkers who want to come and try to see what's going on a few doors down?"

According to Stedman, she and some neighbors plan to have their voices heard at the next Georgetown Council meeting August 13th.

WPDE has also reached out to the County Zoning administrator to find out if the area is really zoned for this kind of production but haven't received a response yet.