Hollywood Hillbillies chronicles the hilarious antics of internet superstars Michael “The Angry Ginger” and his “Mema” as they trade in their simple country living in Georgia for the bright lights of Hollywood. With the fame and fortune from more than 150 million YouTube views, Michael, his grandma Mema, aunt Dee Dee, uncle “Big” John, and the rest of the clan are ready to take Hollywood by storm. The question is not whether they are ready for LA, but rather is LA ready for these outrageous Hollywood Hillbillies? Hollywood Hillbillies is produced for REELZChannel by Asylum Entertainment.
Mema is a super Southern, hard headed grandma. She’s the sweetest little old lady but she’s also outspoken and can be the most argumentative woman you’ve ever seen. She’s the matriarch of the family and raised Michael after his mom passed away. Mema is used to being the boss having spent years as deputy clerk in her hometown of Grayson, Georgia. She’s had an amazing life but she hasn’t ventured far from home—until now.
Michael is your typical lazy 20 year-old kid, according to Mema. He went viral with a YouTube clip at 16 and has been making thousands of dollars a month ever since by uploading new clips totaling more than 150 million views. Michael dropped out of high school and put college somewhere next to never—something that infuriates Mema. Michael lives in a small apartment inside his Mema’s house alongside his aunt Dee Dee who also shares a small apartment in the house. As much as Michael and Mema fight, he loves her more than anything and his dream is to give Mema a life she’s never had.
John is Mema’s son. He is married with two boys of his own and when he’s not going door-to-door selling meat, he’s at flea markets picking out random items to restore and sell, including cars, glassware and motorcycles. When he and Mema get into a room, they constantly bump heads, which stirs up a lot of issues within his downhome family. Big John is basically the male version of Mema, so when they get together, it’s like oil and water.
Dee Dee is Michael’s aunt and Mema’s daughter. She is a spitting image of Mema but she’s younger and has the same attitude. Dee Dee was in a car accident as a child which left her in a coma for three months. Doctors said she would have the brain capacity of a seven year old. Now, she is a paralegal, knows five languages fluently, is a lead singer in a rock band and is considered one of the smartest people in Grayson. She is also an animal rescuer, but not the kind you think. She rescues rats, possums, racoons, snakes and any injured species the state of Georgia has to offer. She just recently rescued an injured possum, fed it Popeye’s Chicken and nursed it back to health. Now that’s Southern hospitality.
Patsy is Mema’s best friend and is always on the lookout for love. She’s the older cougar of the family and is considered one of the more affluent people in Grayson. Patsy comes from family money and is also a real estate agent. Patsy and Mema hang out almost every day reminiscing about how each of them were married to the same “no-good” man, who has since passed.
David is Michael's manager in Beverly Hills. Mema suspects he is just another Hollywood shark, but he is determined to earn her trust and make Michael a star. David has worked with Snoop Dogg, Tupac, No Doubt, Bush and Eminem and he believes the "Angry Ginger" can reach new heights.