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TLC'S 'Myrtle Manor' premieres to mixed reaction

By Maya T. Prabhu
mprabhu@thesunnews.com

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Those who chose to watch the new docu-series “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” on Sunday night had mixed reactions to the series premiere.

The show features owners and residents of Patrick’s Mobile Home Park off Highway 15.

Five of the 17 cast members gathered at Gem City Pizza to watch the show with a group of about 30 people. At points throughout the show cast members laughed loudly and shook their heads as they recalled the way they spent the previous summer.

“That was my favorite day,” said Lindsay Colbert of a scene filmed during a pool party at the trailer park.

Most cast members told The Sun News last week that they were not worried about how they would be portrayed on the show, adding that they always were themselves when filming. There were a few things they felt they needed to explain.

Miss Peggy Beaulieu, a 30-year resident of the park, said some of her friends called her when they saw a preview of the episode in which she goes skinny dipping at the pool party. Beaulieu had just finished battling breast cancer for the second time and learned she was healthy right before filming.

“I’ve had several people call me because of when I’m in the pool,” he said. “But I can do with it.”

The first episode also featured an argument between Taylor J. Burt, 28, and his “on-again-off-again girlfriend,” 20-year-old Jessica Burke. Burt, who said he saw the episode on Friday, was concerned with the way he looked.

“I look like such [a jerk] tonight,” he said on Twitter a few hours before the show.

But his mother, Anne Johnson, who also is a cast member, expressed her support of her son at the watch party.

“I’m so proud of how Taylor handled this situation,” she said to the people sitting near her.

Myrtle Beach resident Kristin Schnaus said the show was what she expected it to be. She and Ashlyn Ludwig of Murrells Inlet stopped by Gem City Pizza for the party hosted by cast member Taylor J. Burt.

“It’s like any other reality show,” she said.

Some residents of the Myrtle Beach area have expressed concern with the way the city may be showcased in the show, worried it will make a mockery of the people who live here. That was something Ludwig said she hoped didn’t happen.

“I just hope Myrtle Beach is portrayed in a good light,” she said. “At the end of the day, that’s what’s important.”

Both said the episode seemed a little slow but said it was to be expected with a premiere. But will they watch again?

“Oh yeah,” Schnaus said. “We have to.”

Ludwig added: “I live here. We have to keep watching.”

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