“Small Town” leading star, chief Joan Koplan, said she and her staff at JJK Security in Ringgold were incredibly excited and very honored when they got the news.
“I can’t believe it,” Koplan said. “Every time I get a call or email with more news, it takes awhile for it to sink in. We’re all very excited.”
Asked why she thought the series was taking off, despite conflicting public reactions, Koplan attributed a great deal of success to the realism and the continuity of the episodes.
“There are a lot of good reality shows out there, but I think we’re different,” Koplan said. “Our episodes are real and honest, but they’re also more continuous, almost like a soap opera. We get so many calls from people all over the place who tell us how much they love us because they can relate to us. They say they tune in again because they’re genuinely concerned or interested about the outcome of the things we’re going through. That really means a lot to us.”
Other venues in Hollywood also appear to have jumped on the “Small Town” bandwagon. People Magazine gave the series “three stars,” and Huffington Post journalist Greg Archer contacted Koplan for a personal interview.
“Few could have predicted how well a ‘reality’ series would handle the heartwarming story arc of Joan's long-time pal and employee, Dennis Croft, a transgender man with bold ambitions and a unwavering affection for his boss,” Archer said. “Collectively, the show's creators, producers and its ‘stars’ gave birth to one of the most inventive reality TV romps of the decade.”
Also nominated for Best Reality Series is “Duck Dynasty” (A&E), “The Moment” (USA), “Pawn Stars” (History Channel), “Push Girls” (Sundance) and “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America).
For the first time the award show will be webcast live on UStream at: ustream.tv/channel/critics-choice-television-awards.