MTV’s 8th & Ocean will be shot like Laguna Beach

An MTV exec previously doubted that MTV would use Laguna Beach‘s style in another reality show, but because MTV is best at copying itself, that’s exactly what they’re doing with an upcoming show. The New York Post reports that the previously announced series 8th & Ocean will “use the same multiple-camera style and editing techniques that make ‘Laguna’ look more like a scripted drama than a reality show.”

8th & Ocean will follow fashion models who are working in Miami Beach. The Post reports that “[n]o date has been set for the series’ debut, and MTV officials cited the network’s policy of not commenting on shows that are still in development.”

Expect an investigation by Gawker about 8th & Ocean in a year or so.

Follow-Up To ‘Laguna’ In Works [The New York Post]

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.

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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.