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Pinson woman lands reality TV gig, series premier Saturday

By Anna McFall

A series that started out as her favorite television show quickly turned into reality for one Pinson resident.  Lisa McCreless, 32, was cast for season two of CMT’s hit show “Redneck Island” which premiers this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

McCreless was a fan of the first season of “Redneck Island” and when she found out the show was holding a casting call for season two, she jumped at the chance.

“I thought… I have got to be on that show,” she said.

The first season “Redneck Island” ended in July and producers wasted no time before working on a follow up.

“Immediately after the first season ended in July, they started filming the second season in August,” she said.

After seeing the open casting call posted on a social media site, McCreless entered her name into the casting call.

“I was the third person to respond to their post,” she said.

An estimated 10,000 people auditioned to be on the show, a sign to the producers of that the first season was wildly popular.

“This show knocked everybody’s socks off,” she said.

McCreless went through a grueling interview process, including Skype interviews and a video submission. In the end, she was chosen to be on the show. When she found out she was one of the final contestants, McCreless was ecstatic.

“I flipped out,” she said. “There are 14 rednecks on the show this season, last season they had 12.”

Cast members were flown to California for a final audition, and the final cast was flown to Mexico to film the series.  They departed for their journey on September 17 and spent one month filming the show.

“Redneck Island” is loosely based on a survivor-type of scenario. While McCreless could not disclose what would take place in the show, she did say that viewers would be in for a treat.

“I am telling everyone to wear their Depends,” she said. “This is an hour chock-full of funny.”

She was working with a cast from various parts of the country, including Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Texas and Virginia. The second season of “Redneck Island” will premier this Saturday, Nov. 10. To celebrate, McCreless is hosting a viewing party at the Super Bowl in Pinson, located at 4416 Pinson Valley Parkway. The viewing party begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show airs at 8 p.m.

“This is going to be the event of the year right here! Come on out and pull up a chair for the funniest hour on television,” she said.

McCreless says she was a nervous wreck at times but her family and friends rallied behind her.

“This was the most amazing time of my life, I hope I did Pinson proud,” she said.



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