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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

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