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‘Southern Charm’ Reality TV has come to South Carolina

Charleston's Southern Charm
Charleston's Southern Charm

If you have not heard by now, South Carolina is the latest setting for a Bravo network reality series. ‘Southern Charm’ which premiered on March 3 chronicles the lives of six friends who reside in Charleston, South Carolina. Oh what the ancestors must be saying in that great veranda in the sky about this century’s polite society.

The cast consists of:

Craig Conover, a native of Dagsboro, Delaware and a College of Charleston graduate holding a Bachelor’s degree in finance. He works as a law clerk for a personal injury firm.

Cameran Eubanks is a reality series veteran having starred in ‘The Real World: San Diego back in 2004. She is currently a real estate agent.

Jenna King is an aspiring fashion designer and graduated from Trident Technical College. She hails from Sumter, South Carolina.

Shepard “Shep” Rose grew up in Hilton Head Island with a true southern pedigree to boot. He is the nephew of former SC Department of Public Safety Director B. Boykin Rose. The town of Boykin is named after Shep’s grandmother’s family.

Whitney Sudler-Smith is a filmmaker and guitarist. His cousin Nicholas Loeb is engaged to actress Sofia Vergara of ABC’s ‘Modern Family.’

And rounding out the group is 51-year old Thomas Ravenel. You may remember that once upon a time Ravenel was elected to the Office of State Treasurer for South Carolina, but resigned six months later after a federal indictment on cocaine charges. He served ten months in federal prison. Ravenel graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1985.
"In Charleston, you're only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come," a Bravo representative said.

Some Charleston residents have raised their arched eyebrows with concern about being embarrassed by the show. Others have taken to Facebook to express their mortification. "There must be some way to stop this tripe," wrote Charleston resident Kent Parker, who proposed disrupting shooting of the series in public places.

"I wish the 'tight knit posh society' would keep to themselves. They do not represent this town," added Charlie James, a local radio personality and voice actor who lives in Mount Pleasant, on the outskirts of Charleston.

Sure the prominence featured here may not be on the level of Bravo’s ‘The Shahs of Sunset’, but do you think South Carolina’s local flavor and charm can change the perception of reality TV? Or do you think it’s all a great travesty focusing on absurd amounts of drama?

Southern Charm’ can be seen on Mondays at 10:00 PM on Bravo.

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