LOS ANGELES — A week after the death of “Buckwild” reality-TV star Shain Gandee, MTV has decided to cancel the series.
Production on the show's second season was suspended after news broke last week that the 21-year-old had been found dead in his truck, along with his uncle and a friend, after going “mudding” (off-roading), near Sissonville, W.Va.
The network ultimately decided not to move forward with the series, and episodes that had been shot will not be aired.
The network issued the following statement:
“After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of 'Buckwild' in West Virginia. We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him.”
“Buckwild” had been tapped to fill the big ratings shoes of “Jersey Shore.” With only one season under its belt, it's hard to say if it could have reached “Jersey Shore” ratings. But its premiere drew an impressive 2.5 million viewers — a 56 percent increase over “Jersey Shore's” 2009 launch, which brought in 1.4 million.