Lizard Lick Towing's Ron Shirley and the mythical promises of reality television - INDY Week
He and his wife Amy started Lizard Lick Towing (LLT) and Recovery in the Ron and Amy originally were going to be part of Wife Swap but turned them down. Known more for her TV show, Lizard Lick Towing, Amy Shirley is a Amy began powerlifting in and she met her husband, Ron Shirley. Lick Life is an American reality television show that originated as a spin-off of the series All Worked Up and ran for four seasons on truTV from February 7, , to August 18, The show follows Ron and Amy Shirley, Bobby Brantley, and their team of . Lou: One of Get Licked Towing's employees who Bobby met at a junkyard.
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If you missed any episodes, Ron says there will be reruns; and you can watch clips at trutv. All Worked Up is currently in production, and Ron's crew is about halfway through 13 episodes, which are filmed every other week. He says he has no idea whether the Lizard Lick Towing show will be renewed, and Turner Broadcasting can't confirm, either. So the Shirleys were approached to be on the show. They turned it down. He points out that in all the dozens of rough-and-tumble TV episodes he's done over the years, he's never once been seen cussing or throwing a punch "That's Bobby's job".
But RDF liked the couple so much, the company asked to film them at work, at their longstanding Lizard Lick repo business. Once a place where murder-trial junkies could get their daily TV fix, since it's been a channel for watching people crash cars, run from police, act stupid and beat the crap out of each other. On All Worked Up, Ron and his repo crew share screen time with traffic cops, security people, process servers and others whose lines of work could earn them an ass-whippin' from an enraged citizen at any moment.
The Lizard Lick Towing show is built from the same template. Week after week, the crew goes out on a risky repo job. The person getting towed isn't feeling cooperative, and it's on. Or some hothead will show up at the office with a baseball bat or ax, demanding to get his vehicle back, and it's on.
In between all the fighting there are story lines, and those, it must be said, are just depressingly bad. My first thought after seeing the first episode of Lizard Lick Towing was that my headline would be "North Carolina now claims the worst reality show on TV," although, God help me, I wouldn't want to endure the research it would take to back up that claim.
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The office dialogue between Ron, Amy and Bobby on the show is stilted and contrived like it was done in takes at some director's behest. It's unfortunate, really, because these folks are much funnier and more likeable when you meet them together in person.
Then there's the issue of suspension of disbelief, which in theory shouldn't even be a problem with a reality show. Take, for instance, the parolee in Episode 1, a tattoo artist who beat Bobby's ass on camera with the help of some biker buddies with no apparent fear of going back to prison. Folks, if you believe this stuff is "real," then you're about dumber'n a possum playing in traffic on Fourth of July weekend or something like that.
But Ron and Amy insist the violence, at least, is realthey had a cameraman who was hospitalized with a concussion in Louisburg two years ago to prove it. And Ron says there's a reason some people sign that release paper to appear on the show, even though they're risking prosecution for some of the criminal things they do on camera.
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It starts with Ron agreeing to not have them arrested on the spot. Ron, Amy and Bobby all told me about the U. Marshals who showed up at their door the morning after one show aired, because they were looking for some fugitive who had appeared.
They also have everyday fans driving hundreds of miles to visit them. When I first arrived, two guys showed up at the door, hoping to get their picture taken with their hero. They drove two and a half hours to see Ron, but they got turned away because Ron was "too busy" with me, which made me feel kind of bad. I asked one of the visitors, year-old Corey Newsome of Ahoskie, what he likes so much about the show. In dealing with dissatisfied customers she uses self control but is not afraid to defend herself.
After proving to be one of the more popular re-occurring segments of All Worked Up, Lizard Lick Towing were given their own reality show.
Lizard Lick Towing's Ron Shirley and the mythical promises of reality television
Ron and Amy originally were going to be part of Wife Swap but turned them down. Lizard Lick Towing is a half hour program that airs on the truTV network on Monday nights - season 3 premiered June 11, with 2. Ron grew up going to church.
His mom was a Christian, but his father was not. He drifted away from the Lord when he was eighteen. On his way to a Christian college, he was in a horrific car crash in which the passenger was burned to death. From there his life spiraled out of control for a fifteen year spree.Lizard Lick Towing - Marriage Tips With Ron And Amy
He got involved in drugs such as cocaine, steroids, and alcohol. During this time in his life he had a couple of close calls with death when he was stuck by lightning and kicked in the head by a horse.
Amy prayed for Ron many times during his darkest hours, but instead of telling him not to do certain things she chose to show him the right way to live by her actions.
She went to church leading him in the right direction. After he had been reading through the Bible, a book he had not touched in years, he picked it up and could not stop the flood of tears that poured out of him.