Laguna Beach has strong debut, but MTV exec questions if he’d “repeat” the formula.

Laguna Beach has strong debut, but MTV exec questions if he’d “repeat” the formula.
MTV’s genre-changing Laguna Beach debuted two weeks ago with strong numbers: 2.4 million viewers watched, which The Futon Critic reports made it the most-watched show with “persons 12-34 among all cable networks.” However, MTV exec Tony DiSanto tells the New York Post, “I don’t know if I would take this sort of visual format and apply it to something else–I hate to repeat myself.” Yes, MTV copying itself would be earth-shattering. He does suggest, however, that the series might continue past the original 11 episodes: “But if ‘Laguna Beach’ continues, it would be good to continue with the team we have in place.” Episode three airs tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. ET.
+ also: Laguan Beach is “among the emptiest, most pointless television shows ever conceived.”
+ and: is the real Orange County anything like it looks on TV?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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