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'Dukes of Hazzard' star comes to Palacios

By adriana_acosta
March 12, 2011 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2011 at 9:13 p.m.

Actor John Schneider was in Palacios on Friday as part of a TV show pilot filming there. He is seen here with Matagorda Advocate Managing Editor Adriana Acosta.

PALACIOS - Residents of Palacios got a little bit of Hollywood this week as a "Dukes of Hazzard" star was on location filming a pilot show for Country Music Television.

The concept of the show will be similar to "Trick my Truck," which airs on CMT and is about a group of vehicle fabricators who renovate trucks for people.

For this show, actor John Schneider is going to different industries of hardworking men and women and will work side by side with them for a few days, said Jason Morgan, executive producer for Varuna Entertainment.

"In exchange he will help them makeover their vehicle and make it the pride of their industry," Morgan said.

Morgan said they have been busy working on the yet-to-be-named pilot since August and looked at different locations such as North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas.

"We were looking for hard-working people that are in need of a little bit of help," Morgan said.

The production company put out an advertisement for the criteria that was needed for the show, said Morgan.

"From there, we were able to pick several from those submitted," he said.

Morgan said they chose shrimper Brian Brady in the area because his story was interesting. The Advocate hopes to interview Brady next week.

"He is a really colorful character, and he shrimps to take care of his parents, particularly his mother who is sick," he said.

The shrimp boat was taken to a boat repair shop in Richmond, where it will be renovated and brought back for a grand unveiling in about a month.

The one-hour special is set to air in the summer. The show's producer said Schneider would be available for an interview when the boat is ready.

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