W.Va. Miners Say Nothing Fake in TV Series ‘Coal’

by | March 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM | TV News

'Coal' (Photo: Spike TV)

'Coal' (Photo: Spike TV)


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A southern West Virginia mine foreman featured in the new reality TV series “Coal” says the show that debuts March 30 lives up to its billing: It’s all real.

Jerry “Wildman” Edwards says “there’s nothing on this show fake. What’s on it, we done it.”

Edwards attended a preview screening of the Spike TV series in Morgantown on Wednesday and talked about what it was like to participate. He says he didn’t allow his men to do anything unsafe or inappropriate for the benefit of the cameras, either.

The 10-episode series was shot at Cobalt Coal’s Westchester mine in McDowell County, W.Va.

The network has been partnering with remembertheminers.org, a group supporting families of the victims of last year’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster, to offer special preview screenings.

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