Photos and Cast Bios: MTV’s BUCKWILD Premieres Tonight


MTV's BUCKWILD premieres tonight. The controversial new series follows a group of nine young, carefree, and adventurous friends from West Virginia who "love to dodge grown-up responsibilities" and "find unique ways to create their own fun." Pretty much, if you combine Jersey Shore, Jackass, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… you get BUCKWILD

That said, according to executive producer John Stevens, BUCKWILD isn't all about the mud racing, body licking, squirrel hunting, reckless driving, and garbage throwing you've seen in the previews. (though that does sound lovely)

John says, "Look at any TV or movie trailer out there, and it will grab your attention with the most outrageous stuff. That's just a formula that broadcasters and movie companies have used forever. I don't think that's indicative of what the show is. BUCKWILD has a lot of wild moments to it, but I think it's got tons of heart, and I think you're going to see some really fun kinds of relationships."

MTV mirrors John's sentiment, stating, "The BUCKWILD cast's bond with family and friends is always at the core for this eccentric group where anything goes!"



Shain "Gandee Candy" is described as sociable and loyal. He's done every job from coal mining to being a garbage man but as long as he is using his hands, he's happy. Shain loves mudding, hunting, four-wheeling, and his parents. Nice try, but his barely frayed camo hat will never be as awesome as Corey Simms' camo hat. 
Anna "The Ringleader" comes from the "ritzier" side of town but would rather be getting dirty with the crew down in the "creeks and hollers". She's a true wild child at heart who finds herself at a crossroads in life – work or school? Anna isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Too bad she didn't stand up to that doily-inspired shirt.
Ashley "The Boobs Tomboy" is described as wild and carefree. She'd rather get down and dirty in the mud than deal with local drama, though she doesn't mind starting it. Apparently, the fearless Ashley is a bit of a pot stirrer. She's quite the spitfire on Twitter, too.
Shae "The Spicy Southern Belle" has been chased after by every eligible bachelor in Sissonville but somehow always ends up with the bad boy. Her first kiss was on the back of a four-wheeler. How romantic! Shae's currently enrolled in nursing school. I think I'm going to like her the most.
Joey "Justin Beaver" and Shain have been best friends since they could walk. According to MTV, once they learned how to ride a bike, it's been nothing but bumps, bruises, and hospital visits for these adrenaline junkies. With his Justin Bieber haircut (which is kind of tragic) and laid-back country attitude, Joey thinks he's the biggest ladies' man in town (hahaha).
Cara "The Firecracker" comes from a big college town. When the drama of having an ex in the same town became too much, she decided to escape back to her Sissonville friends to get her mind straight. Cara's Facebook page shows that she is an aspiring model and actress (first role: BUCKWILD 😉 ).
Tyler "The Pretty Boy" is known for his good looks and breaking hearts. Like Anna, he's also torn between school and work. Recently, Shain and Joey have taken Tyler under their wing, to make him less of a "pretty boy" and more of a "country man." Scrolling up to remind myself who Shain and Joey are… run, Tyler, run!
Katie "The College Girl" loves to spend her free time away from school with her friends in Sissonville. She is afraid of anything potentially dangerous, which means the gang loves to push her out of her comfort zone and she's going to whine a lot.
Salwa "Bengali in Boots" recently graduated college and lives at home with her strict parents. The oldest of the group, Salwa is always down for a good time and everyone loves her cleavage "tell it like it is" attitude. 

BUCKWILD premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. First, AnnaKatie, and Cara throw a party despite their neighbor's recent noise complaints, Tyler and Shain compete for Cara's attention, and the group goes mudding. On the second show, the cast enjoys an unusual (and unforgettable) house-warming gift.
Photo and bio credit: MTV