Plenty of reality television shows seem to go the extra mile in supporting stereotypes. Two of the most popular reality shows in the format's history, MTV's Jersey Shore and A&E's Duck Dynasty, certainly focus on -- and capitalize on -- the most outrageous traits of the respective shows' characters. Thick accents, folksy witticism and unique grooming methods have been prominent go-to tools of those shows and have helped hordes of viewers relate to the stars of each series in ways that are usually impossible on competition-intensive productions such as Top Chef or Survivor.
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Early this year, seemingly out of the deepest swamps of the dirty South, CMT's Party Down South managed to combine the most appealing -- or least appealing, depending on your perspective -- of the two reality television touchstones as it became the biggest hit of CMT's history (take that, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!). Throwing some party-ready dudes (Ryan, Lyle, Murray and Walt) and belles (Taylor, Tiffany, Mattie and Lauren) into a gorgeous waterside house in South Carolina stocked with plenty of Jack Daniel's, light beer, strong personalities and even mightier hormones made for viewing many might put into the guilty pleasure category, but here at Mixmaster, there's never any guilt in the pleasure we take.
The second season of Party Down South, which premiered last Thursday, has all of the cast members from season one reunited. But this time, the crew is tearing up a neighbor-free house in the woods near Athens, Georgia. Taylor "Lil' Bit" Wright, the 24-year-old charming, diminutive and recently divorced Christian who can win a bikini contest as easily as she can send prayers up for her vomiting housemates will be in town this week with another PDS cast member, the take-no-bull-crap Louisiana dynamo Tiffany, hosting the Thrifty Thursday Party at Denton's Rockin' Rodeo.More »