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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.