MTV’s Maui Fever debuts tonight

MTV’s latest attempt to clone Laguna Beach debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. Maui Fever follows “several young Kaanapali, Maui locals who spend their days sunning and their nights partying with no rules and no one to answer to.” So, kind of like the Laguna Kids, just a different state.

The show follows seven main cast members: Anthony, Anna, Cheyne, Chaunte, Corbin, Jesse, and Sean. The show’s creator and executive producer, Morgan J. Freeman, tells the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that they and the show are both very real. “We’re not taking characters and throwing them on Maui and seeing what happens. We’re not changing where they live and what they do with their lives. We’re recording it. We don’t orchestrate anything.”

That might lead to embarrassment for the cast; Anna tells the paper, “We’re coming to realize there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to be aired, and you don’t realize it at the time it’s happening. … But that’s life. That’s who I am.”

Cast member Anthony says the whole experience was unexpected. “I never would have thought this in a million years, but if something comes from it, I’ll run with it, guaranteed. Maybe, somehow it could tie into my art.”

Maui Fever [MTV]
Beyond the beach [Honolulu Star-Bulletin]

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