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CMT's 'Party Down South' gets a second season

Party Down South, CMT’s reality show about eight people spending a summer together in the South, is getting a second season.

News of the renewal was announced Friday on the heels of Thursday night’s first season finale. But, we’re not completely done with this season yet: CMT will air a two-part reunion show with the entire cast beginning March 27.

The second season will premiere June 5, and fans will get a first look at the new season right after the CMT Music Awards air on June 4.

'Party Down South' no longer welcome in Pensacola

We can all remember the moment when New Jersey dwellers began speaking out against Jersey Shore. And now, the kids of Party Down South have given southern partiers a bad name.

The cast and crew of CMT’s debauched reality series has packed up and left Pensacola, Fla., where they were set to film season 2, USA Today reports. A social media campaign — called Locals Against Party Down South — was launched Feb. 26 specifically to get the show relocated, citing its cast’s promiscuity and drunken nights as an embarrassment to the Pensacola community. As of Wednesday, it’s drawn over 11,000 “likes.”

Jersey Shore and Party Down South are like the tv producers big inside joke of stereotyping us,” Pensacola residents Amber Kelley and Bri Snellgrove wrote in a Facebook post Feb. 27. “PDS makes a mockery of our Southern pride by showing adults who claim to have manners and then cut immediately to some of the worst behavior seen outside of a frat house.

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'Party Down South' is a 'vile travesty,' 'Dukes of Hazzard' star Ben Jones writes in open letter to CMT

Ben Jones, best known for playing the mechanic “Cooter” on the long-running sitcom The Dukes of Hazzard, has taken Viacom and its channel CMT, which airs daily reruns of Dukes, to task for their new reality show Party Down South, from Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAnn Salsano.

Jones, a former United States congressman, calls the heavy-drinking program about eight wild young people living together in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, “cultural pornography” and he claims that it is “without a doubt the most offensive and sleaziest thing ever to make it to a national audience already neck-deep in offensive sleaze.” (Watch a preview of the show here.)

Jones says CMT “was built by appealing to rural heartland viewers with a sense of tradition and genuine values,” but that the promotion of Party Down South throws Southerners under the bus. “You are insulting the South without a clue of the richness and diversity of our many Southern cultures,” he says, expressing concern that CMT’s raunchy, dumbed-down depiction of the South will become the “accepted truth.” (Jones may be pleased to know that Party Down South isn’t drawing big audiences just yet: The last episode pulled only 627,000 viewers.)

EW reached out to CMT for comment on Jones’ letter, but the network has no response at this time.

You can read the full letter, via Saving Country Music, below: READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' producers move the 'Party Down South' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The producers of Jersey Shore are returning seaside with a new reality show… but this time they’re headed a few states South. Created by Shorelord SallyAnn Salsano, Party Down South (CMT, Thursday, 10 p.m.) follows a group of eight young adults who are up for “one wild summer of extreme fun” at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. That includes but is not limited to: Drinking out of red cups, drinking out of belly buttons, drinking out of cowboy boots, fighting, crying after fighting, pooping with the door open, shooting stuff, breaking bottles over their heads, slip-and-sliding, thong-twerking and ATVing. (Buckwild fans, this one’s for you, too!) Check out the borderline NSFW trailer below, in which these guys and girls display their deep faith in the South and in God. As Taylor, a.k.a. Lil Bit, says: “I need to get my f—in’ bible out.”

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'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope talks her new CMT docuseries -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Whether you recognize the name Cassadee Pope from her one-time band, Hey Monday, or as the season 3 winner of The Voice, you’re about to get the opportunity to know her a lot better. On Oct. 4, CMT will premiere Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, a six-part docuseries that follows the Voice winner’s journey from reality-TV hit to full-time singer-songwriter, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the show.

“I was actually approached by CMT about it, and I have to admit, at first I didn’t want people to think that I just do reality shows now,” Pope says. “And then the more we got to talking about it the more I realized it wasn’t going to be like your everyday reality show. It’s raw, and it’s gritty, and it’s not super polished.”

In terms of a timeline, Team Blake’s Pope won The Voice in December of 2012, and the docuseries started filming the following March when she was wrapping up her first album, which is also titled Frame By Frame and will be available Oct. 8. The series kicks off during Pope’s radio tour and concludes after she finishes shooting her first music video, totaling about three months of her post-Voice life.
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Kristen Bell to return as CMT Music Awards host

Kristen Bell announced on Twitter this afternoon that she will return as host of the CMT Music Awards, which will air on June 5.

Bell hosted the ceremony — which sometimes gets lost amongst the bigger awards shows like the CMAs and the ACMs — last year with Toby Keith. The pair had minimal chemistry on stage; I wasn’t a fan of their lame jokes. This year, Bell says she’ll be joined by a new co-host, but CMT hasn’t announced which star will be filling Toby’s cowboy boots just yet.

Last year’s CMT Music Awards garnered 2.9 million viewers and a 1.1 rating on CMT.

Read more:
CMT Music Awards 2012: Best and worst of the broadcast

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