Laguna Beach resident says show has “violated” the community

Residents of the real Laguna Beach are still bitching about the MTV series Laguna Beach.

The same resident, Howard Hills, who bitched previously to the Telegraph now tells USA TODAY that the “show has hijacked our identity, and people are beginning to feel violated.” Maybe MTV should show all that community violation.

Others, however, say the show is quite an accurate depiction. Activist Debi Cortez tells the paper, “I’ve had arguments with people who say it makes us look like a bunch of spoiled white people. Well, have you looked at the demographics of Laguna? We may not think we’re privileged, but we are.”

Dieter’s mother, Pam Schmitz, notes that “the fact that the crew can’t film on school property means students are ‘more one-dimensional’ on screen than in real life,” USA TODAY reports. Ironically, it was a decision made by the community’s school board to not allow filming at the school that led to this. Thus, it’s basically all their fault.

The real Laguna Beach disdains its MTV image [USA TODAY]

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.

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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.