MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - A reality show shot in Myrtle Beach has created quite a buzz in our area. "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" debuted Sunday night on TLC and reaction was swift and strong on social media. The show chronicles the lives of more than a dozen people living in a mobile home park.
With the airing of "Welcome to Myrtle Manor," Myrtle Beach has made it to the national stage through reality television, joining the ranks of bigger cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
Interest in "Myrtle Manor," or Patrick's Mobile Home Park, has picked up. Cynthia Kiser is one of many who stopped by to take pictures. She's in town on vacation from Statesville, N.C.
"I thought it was good. It's a cute show. It was interesting it seemed like something I could watch," said Kiser.
"We had people wanting to buy houses rent houses. Do a Myrtle Manor wedding, do a weekend, but nobody from Myrtle Beach called us," said Cecil Patrick with a laugh. He's part of the show and owns the park. "I thought it was great. It was even better than we'd anticipated. It's so good to see something you've been working on for almost a year when it comes to reality. We enjoyed it."
While there are fans, others had different opinions of the brightly painted mobile homes and the characters who live in them.
"It was shocking. I wasn't expecting for it to be like that at all. I wish they would've picked a different place to show off Myrtle Beach," said Michel'le Burns. "As long as it keeps with the crazy, people will watch it. That's usually how reality shows work out. The crazier it is, the more viewers that it gets."
"I thought it was a little ridiculous. I don't think that's how the majority of South Carolinians are, especially around this area," said Brent McCain. "I didn't think it was completely accurate at all. What I saw, it seemed completely scripted and staged. It didn't seem real at all."
McCain isn't the only one accusing the show of being staged. Burns also had an issue with one scene in particular, "the meeting that they had in the trailer park, yeah it looked very scripted."
"We're following 17 people's lives. Probably 80 percent of it is real and 20 percent of it we started in a direction and they said try this or try that. It's tv. It's entertainment. It's not a perfect life. You can go anywhere in Myrtle Beach and see what you saw last night on tv," explained Patrick.
Patrick said his phone has been ringing off the hook since the show aired, and he's not concerned about the negative feedback. In fact, he thinks the show will be good for the area and hopes it will get picked up for a second season.
"The business people in Myrtle Beach are excited about it. They don't want to say anything because they aren't sure which way it's gonna go," added Patrick. "Our website myrtlemanor.com, sales are going through the roof. They've called us and said they've sold more stuff than they've ever sold on a show opening up."
The ten part series airs on TLC on Sundays at 10 p.m.