Is "Vineyard" Reality TV Show "Worst Idea Ever"?

Some Islanders are expressing their displeasure at news of a planned "coming-of-age docu-soap" set on Martha's Vineyard this summer. Read their sometimes scathing comments and add your own, pro or con.

It's the talk of the Island: Word that Disney/ABC has greenlighted a Martha's Vineyard reality TV show has spread quickly since ABC Family announced the program yesterday.

We were warned: Back in 2009, the MV Times ran an article about the proposed "docu-soap," which was casting for 19- to 28-year-olds.

Now that the program has been picked up by ABC Family, here's what readers said when we posted the news on Patch and on our Facebook page yesterday:

On Patch (see Reality TV Show "The Vineyard" Announced)

  • "As long as the production doesn't impede traffic...and doesn't at all resemble Jersey Shore...I'm all for it! I'm sure most of the residents and visitors would tune in (whether they admitted it or not) and it could provide some jobs to say nothing of a likely boost to the island economy overall. Lord knows....the island is full of actors!"
  • "The Vineyard is such a great place to chill... why bring the drama??? Ugh."
  • "I will not watch it."
  • "This is very sad news indeed..."
  • "The CW already filmed a pilot reality Vineyard show a few years back that never took."
  • "Yuck!!!! ABC will reap the low-ratings it deserves with this abomination."
  • "This is the worst idea ever. I find the idea completely disrespectful, distasteful, and utterly appalling. The last thing our world needs is another unreal reality series. ABC should be ashamed. Let's try raising global consciousness, and make people aware of things that really matter. Good health, growth, pure and true happiness, these things do not exist in the drunken and slutty world these TV producers think is right for anyone, let alone our children to see. Come on people. Let's actually get real."
  • "Gross. Go away."

On Facebook

  • "Let's hope it doesn't do for the Vineyard what "Southie Rules" did for Southie."
  • "How was this allowed to happen? Who was the knucklehead who gave this approval? Really!!"
  • "Nothing like a 'reality' fantasy to give people more false ideas about the Vineyard! Sorry, but I hope this series is a flop."
  • "I really hope this is a joke."
  • "I REALLY hope this is a joke. A bad joke."
  • "The dumbing down of America continues."
  • "No! This a horrible idea! Stealing the magic of the Vineyard. Let the island remain a special and unique treasure without the stupidity of this reality show nonsense!"

According to TV By the Numbers, a press release from ABC Family reads:

“The Vineyard,” a dramatic coming-of-age docu-soap, follows a handful of 20-somethings in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer.

Tight quarters, new friends and new rivals, all living, working and playing together, make this picturesque playground ripe for mischief and romance.

The day, time, cast and location for the show were not specified in the press release.

What's your reaction to the news? Tell us in the comments.

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Barbara L February 16, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Why? We don't need the type of people a show like that will bring to the island.
Ann M February 20, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I think it is the worst idea ever! Such a beautiful serene island - don't ruin it by a reality show. Why not do a story about the craftsmen, farmers, and artists and attractions that make it such a beautiful place to visit or live there.
Louisa Hufstader April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
I interviewed the production coordinator for nearly an hour yesterday, for an upcoming article. She told me they want to showcase the best aspects of the Island - more like "The Hills" than "Jersey Shore," she said. They're also hiring locally: http://marthasvineyard.patch.com/articles/hiring-the-vineyard-reality-tv-show-seeks-production-assistants
Steven Bayne May 01, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Makes me want to consider not coming to the 'Yard' for my typical summer chill time. I hope the 'popularity' (tongue FIRMLY in cheek) of the show doesn't disturb the allure the island has had for visiting families and area residents, let alone long time renters...
Jamie Lynn June 23, 2013 at 07:39 AM


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