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'Buckwild' canceled in wake of castmember Shain Gandee's death

MTV's "Buckwild" cast, from left, Shain, Anna, Katie,

MTV's "Buckwild" cast, from left, Shain, Anna, Katie, Salwa, Joey, background center, Ashley, Tyler, background right, Cara and Shae. (Credit: AP)

As expected, MTV is about to officially announce that "Buckwild" has been canceled. [Update: And now has. Here's the 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. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."]

 This is less than a surprise, given that a key -- arguably the key -- castmember, Shain Gandee, died in an accident that while not directly related to the filming of the series, was part of its spirit: "Mudding," or driving through deep mud holes. His truck got stuck in one and with the tailpipe (or pipes) of his '84 Bronco submerged, he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Apparently there are reports that the producer of the series is unhappy with the decision, but it's also very difficult to imagine under what circumstances MTV could proceed. Clearly "mudding" wouldn't be part of the new season. Moreover, the series was very controversial in West Virginia -- I know, I did radio interviews there about this -- because there was a concern, and not an ill-founded one, that this would put the state in a bad light, or portray it as a "Jersey Shore in the Mountains." 

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