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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.