UPDATE 4/10/13 @ 6:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Buckwild, the popular reality show based in the Kanawha Valley, will not make it to a second season -- at least not on MTV.
This decision comes after Shain Gandee, one of the show’s stars, died.
The reality show was a hit, drawing in millions of viewers for every episode.
“I'm from Colorado,” Holly Sabatka, a Buckwild fan, said. “People from back home were even talking about it and watching it.”
“It's pretty popular,” Seth Meeks, a Buckwild fan, said. “A lot of kids watch it because they like coming back to school the next day on Friday and just be able to talk about it and be like, ‘Wow, I can't believe these kids are this crazy and stuff.' ”
After showing America what he and his friends do for fun, Gandee died doing just that.
He, his uncle and a friend were "mudding" in his SUV when they got stuck and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
They were in the process of shooting Buckwild's second season, but MTV has canceled it.
“Just to show respect for Shain, I think that may have been a good idea,” Jennifer Nichols, a Buckwild fan, said.
“Maybe they should cancel the show because maybe it's a bad influence on kids and stuff,” Rachel Haynes, a Buckwild fan, said.
“The show is surrounded by activities that they would do and since that was kind of around the cause of death, it's a good idea that they canceled it,” Sabatka said.
It's being reported that the producer wants to start it up on another network.
“It won't be popular,” Haynes said. “I don't think so, because everybody knows MTV.”
“I don't know how they'd restart it again without having Shain there,” Meeks said.
WSAZ.com tried contacting Buckwild's producer to see if there's anything in the works for the show's future, but our calls have not been returned.
A special tribute to Gandee will air on MTV this Sunday right after a marathon of the first season.
Network spokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed the decision Wednesday.
Gandee, an uncle and a friend were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning April 1. Gandee's SUV was stuck in a mud pit near his Sissonville home, its tail pipe submerged. That could have allowed the invisible gas to fill the vehicle's cabin.
Gandee was buried Sunday after a service in Charleston that drew hundreds of friends, family and fans.
Shain Gandee, nicknamed "Gandee Candy" by fans, was a breakout star of the show that followed the antics of young friends enjoying their wild, country lifestyle.
Season one was filmed last year, mostly around Sissonville and Charleston.
Shooting of season two was under way.
The gossip website TMZ first reported the cancellation Tuesday night, followed soon after by a separate independent confirmation in an article on the website of the entertainment industry trade publication The Hollywood Reporter. Its report revealed that the decision to cancel the show came after several days of deliberation by MTV executives.
Buckwild chronicled the lives of several young adults who lived in the Sissonville, West Virginia area. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia urged MTV to not air the program before its first season began, but the network did so anyway and Buckwild debuted to strong ratings in January with 2.5 million viewers tuning in for its debut episode.
Two individuals who appeared on the show ran into legal trouble. Salwa Amin was arrested in February on felony heroin possession charges. Later that month, Michael “Bluefoot” Burford was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge.
Despite those arrests, MTV renewed the show for a second season. Taping for it had already begun when 21-year-old Shain Gandee was found dead of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning along with his uncle and a friend inside of a pickup truck on April 1.
Following Gandee's death, production of Buckwild was suspended indefinitely before the reported decision was made to outright cancel the program. MTV has not released any statements concerning the reports of the show's cancellation.
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