Buckwild production “suspended indefinitely”

Production on MTV’s hit reality series Buckwild has been suspended following the death of one of its cast members, Shain Gandee.

The New York Times reports that “MTV executives declined to comment on the record about whether the show would continue, the current season, which had been in production for more than a week, has been suspended indefinitely.”

The mayor of the town where the show is filmed, Charleston, West Virginia, cited two recent arrests of other cast members and said, “The show only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has. I hope the show’s life is short.”

TMZ speculates that carbon monoxide poisoning could have killed Shain, his uncle, and another passenger, as Shain’s 1984 Ford Bronco appears to have been submerged in mud almost to the top.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.