writer: life “was privileged” in Laguna Beach, the “geographic Paris Hilton.”

writer: life “was privileged” in Laguna Beach, the “geographic Paris Hilton.”
Contra Costa Times writer Jessica Yadegaran grew up in Orange County’s Laguna Beach, and she reflects about the reality of the fictional (The OC) and reality TV (Laguna Beach) versions of her hometown. She writes “that life in Laguna was privileged, even for those of us who weren’t rich.” Still, she says there are other parts of the county, those with poor people and such. Using a fun metaphor, she says that because of the shows, “Laguna, and Orange County in general, has become a sort of geographic Paris Hilton–young, hot, glitzy and perhaps a little misunderstood.” And I thought she was going to say “useless and skanky.” Before FOX’s The OC returns in a few weeks and we realize that fake teenagers speaking scripted sentences are much more amusing than the actual vapid rich teenagers who live in Orange County and star in Laguna Beach, MTV is giving us all the LB we can handle, airing a marathon of the first four episodes Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.