Educational DUI film will be modeled after Laguna Beach’s cast and format

A new anti-DUI “public service announcement with the look and feel of a reality television show/documentary” is being filmed, and the producers found inspiration in the cast and production of MTV’s Laguna Beach, the Contra Costa Times reports.

“Filmmakers hope to trick young viewers into thinking the teenage characters being portrayed by actors are real,” they told the paper. Director Rebecca Brown said, “We want the kids to sort of lose themselves in the characters and their high school antics, like they would an episode of ‘Laguna Beach, The Real O.C.'”

The movie “is being produced by graduate students at the USC” and “is expected to cost about $100,000 altogether to complete,” the paper reports. It will be “about three high school students who get into a car accident after drinking.” To make them even more real, “producers are working with MySpace.com to create fake Web sites for each of the film’s characters.”

Brown is working with the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation, which exists to “help educate the public about traffic safety and responsibility” and working for “the creation and passing of stricter DUI and DMV laws and enforcement” in California, according to its web site.

Film on driving under the influence mirrors reality TV [Contra Costa Times]

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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