Love them or hate them, two grand strand-based reality shows put the area in the national spotlight Thursday night.
One for the first time, the other enters season two. That one is "Welcome to Myrtle Manor."
The Patricks, who own the 'Myrtle Manor' trailer park, which is actually 'Patrick's Mobile Home Park," spent Thursday like any other.
Last season "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" was in the top ten on Sunday nights. This year, it's moving to Thursdays in hopes of continuing national success.
"The national exposure is just, you don't know what to say because you're just a girl who grew up in the trailer park," said Becky Robertson Thursday while greeting fans at the "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" gift store.
"I mean, it is showing in the UK (United Kingdom) now, that is just tremendous," she said.
One of those international viewers made a point to make visiting the trailer park, part of her vacation. Narda Young watches the show thousands of miles away in Ontario, Canada.
"It's good 'cause, because we visit here in the winter," said Young. "So it kind of reminds us of it because they have pictures of the pier and all the different things, so we remember the things that are here and the things about Myrtle Beach."
Two years in, family patriarch Cecil Patrick says he could not imagine the success his family's business and the show has seen.
"(It's) Unbelievable, unbelievable."
It's top ten spot on cable, plus more than one million viewers a week keep it one of the most-watched shows on TV.
"They've had a great impact on Myrtle Beach. Some people don't think so, some people say we've had a little teeny impact and our 15 minutes of fame, but we're here and we're here to stay," said Patrick.
He goes on to say this season will have less negativity and be funnier than last.
His daughter says if one viewer comes to visit them, it's one more spending money in Myrtle Beach.
"We have people that come here and say this is the only reason we came, we wanted to see where 'Myrtle Manor' was filmed."
"Welcome to Myrtle Manor" premiers Thursday night on TLC at 10p.m.
The Boathouse, in Myrtle Beach, is hosting a watch-party Thursday beginning at 8p.m. You can meet the cast and get autographs and photographs with them for a donation to the Hope House or the Find Heather Elvis Fund.
The other Grand Strand reality show premiering Thursday is "Party Down South," based in Murrells Inlet.
Our partners at the Georgetown Times report there is not an official watch party for it.
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