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MTV cancels “Buckwild”

U.S. cable network MTV has called time on its reality series Buckwild, following the death of cast member Shain Gandee (pictured) just over a week ago.
April 10, 2013

U.S. cable network MTV has called time on its reality series Buckwild, following the death of cast member Shain Gandee (pictured) just over a week ago.

Gandee was found dead on April 1, having succumbed to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. In a statement issued today (April 10), MTV said it would now not be moving forward with a planned second season of the show.

“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,” the network said. “Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.

“On Sunday [April 14], we will be running a special, Buckwild: WV to the NYC, which was shot before production had begun on season two. With the support of his parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, we will run the tribute following a day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of Buckwild.”

Shain’s mother, Loretta Gandee, added: “We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had. He was the best son anyone could ask for. As we look to honor him in our lives every day moving forward, we are happy to share some of his last moments doing what he loved best: having fun and making people laugh.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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