An entertainment mogul whose name is practically synonymous with "hit" thinks he may have the next "Duck Dynasty" on his hands. The mogul is Harvey Weinstein, who is betting heavily on the TLC series “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor," TheWrap.com reports.
Weinstein, whose company just scored Oscar nominations for “Philomena” and “August: Osage County,” told the publication: “I think people have loved our characters. [‘Trailer Park’ is] really a fun, crazy family show. I think given the time it could be in the ‘Duck Dynasty’ range. A couple seasons more of people talking about it, I really think it has that kind of potential.”
The report notes that The Weinstein Company ran full-page ads Thursday promoting the show’s season-two premiere in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. "Amid all the films and TV TWC produces, why give ‘Trailer Park’ all this attention? The company has identified the show as its next possible franchise, much like what it has done for its shows ‘Project Runway’ on Lifetime and VH1′s ‘Mob Wives,’" the report notes.
Said Weinstein: “We really want to get to the numbers [to] warrant a spinoff show. There’s some amazing stuff in California. If we were really targeting the next place, it would probably be Los Angeles. There’s some incredible parks up there. I mean some of them feel like Beverly Hills.”
The first season of “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” which bowed on TLC in May 2013, averaged 1.1 million total viewers per episode. The program focuses on a "high end" trailer park in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the story notes.
Said Weinstein: “I think a more sophisticated audience appreciated the comedy of it all. And then there were just people that identify with these people. In a way, they’re making their way through. No one wants to be snobbish about it. It’s funny everyday life, it’s the battles we all face.”