Reality show films episode in ClantonBy Emily Etheredge Published 12:54pm Thursday, March 7, 2013
A television crew closely following four friends and stars of the Animal Planet reality show “Mud Lovin’ Rednecks” filmed an episode in Clanton on Wednesday.
Although the producer of the show, Mark Therrien, asked that the details of the episode be kept secret until it airs this summer, the four reality stars participated in a dance class at Bahama Drama Tanning and Spa.
The premise of the show follows four childhood friends—Anna Granthum (Lil Bit), her husband Bo Granthum, Bubba Griffith and his fiancée Audrey Lalonde (Fat Legs)—who have started a mud bogging business called Mountain Creek Mud Bog in Marbury.
Bahama Drama Tanning and Spa owner Alice Burton knew Anna and Bo and organized the filming of the dance class.
“We thought it would be a fun episode to film,” Burton said. “I started asking people from the community if they wanted to be in an episode of the show and those that did showed up today to participate.”
Anna, who plays the character “Lil Bit,” said the idea for the show came when both Bo and Bubba decided they would like to lose weight.
“We thought it would be fun to film them doing a dance class,” Anna said.
When asked how it feels to have cameras filming her every move on a daily basis, Anna said it has become a part of her life and the filming crew has become part of her family.
“At first it was a little strange to always have a camera filming you but after a while you get used to it,” Anna said.
Everyone participating in the filming of the episode had to sign release forms before the television crew arrived. After being scheduled to film at 1 p.m., the crew arrived in two black minivans filled with camera equipment to film the four reality stars who arrived in a mud-covered white Yukon.
The inside of the tanning salon was transformed into a reality television set with the four characters being staged to perform for the cameras during the dance class taught by Susan Mullinax.
The crew often nudged the stars to dramatize some of the events during the class, such as coaxing Bo, who was drinking a milkshake, to participate in the fitness routine, or Bubba who did not want to be filmed dancing.
Much of the filming focused on the two girls, “Lil Bit” and “Fat Legs,” who were willing to participate along with the extras who showed up to be filmed.