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Ocean Springs bbq joint reality show starts Monday

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Monday, August 05, 2013 08:23 am
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — After eight weeks of TV crews following every move as they ran their barbecue restaurant in Ocean Springs, the Orrison family spent a weekend in Orange Beach, Ala., relaxing before Monday's premier.The crews filmed six episodes of "The Shed," a Food Network show about the restaurant with that name and its owners, marketing director Linda "Mama Shed" Orrison told The Mississippi Press.

"It's certainly been a challenge," said Orrison, whose son and daughter, Brad and Brooke Orrison, opened the restaurant in 2002. Brad was 24, Brooke 19.

"We're not shy people, so having cameras around while we're doing what we do was a blessing, because they haven't asked us to do something that isn't us," Linda Orrison said. "It was a challenge, though, but we've loved every minute of it."

Scenes were shot at the restaurant and other locations around the Mississippi Coast, including Ocean Springs Front Beach.

The family should know fairly quickly if they will get a second season, since that depends on ratings for the first few episodes, Linda Orrison said.

The Food Network's website describes the Orrisons as "the First Family of Mississippi Barbecue."

"Their wildly popular barbecue joint's earned them fame, fortune, devoted fans and a lot of big toys," it says. "But no matter how big their business grows, the boisterous, fun-loving clan insists on running the business as a family. Add in all the colorful employees and regulars and it's obvious: This down-home joint is a real-life sitcom."

Orrison said The Food Network and another national network competed for the rights to the show.

She said the family had been approached several times by production companies interested in a show about them, but "they wanted us to do things which really aren't us. They wanted us to fight and bicker and things like that."

"Thank goodness Food Network won out," she said, "because in the end, that's what we're about, the food — although this isn't a food show."

Orrison said family and staff had some surprises. One of the biggest: "There was an awful lot of sitting and waiting."

The Shed originally was just that, pieced together with plywood and tin and decorated with a wide variety of signs and other items. It expanded to about 15,000 square feet and opened two more restaurants in Gulfport and Mobile before the original burned to the ground in February 2012.

It was rebuilt.


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