MTV will reinvent reality TV with convention-less dramatic reality series Laguna Beach.

MTV will reinvent reality TV with convention-less dramatic reality series Laguna Beach.
The network that ushered in the modern era of reality television is planning to reinvent the genre. MTV is planning Laguna Beach, an unscripted reality series that will exclude basically every reality TV show element that was born on The Real World. That means no ” confessionals and interviews,” Variety reports, although “the weekly primetime series will focus on seven teens, five girls and two boys, who have opened their lives to MTV’s cameras. Events such as prom night, spring break and college visits will serve as signposts for the real-life drama.” An executive producer on the show says it’ll be filmed “like our viewers’ favorite dramatic series.” The series, which debuts Sept. 14, is subtitled “The Real Orange County,” likely to differentiate it from that O.C. where Seth Cohen lives.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.