Laguna Beach spin-off will be called Newport Harbor, includes parents and teens

The sort-of fourth season of Laguna Beach has been officially announced by MTV, and the show will change its name but retain the same subtitle when it moves to Newport Beach. That possibility has been rumored since March, and moves the series to the same location as the drama that inspired it: FOX’s The OC.

Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County will debut in mid-August, and its trailer reveals that it uses the same font for the title, and the same beautiful, dead-inside teenage cast.

However, this “version will also include parents,” the L.A. Times reports, such as when “one of the main characters will face a collision with her father when she tries to date the cutest boy in school.” And the new season will follow the cast during their senior year; MTV VP Tony DiSanto said in a press release that “this year we go back to the heart of the drama…that wistful last year of school.”

Newport Harbor debuts Aug. 15 and airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Newport Beach the new ‘Real O.C.’ [Los Angeles Times]
MTV Moves Up the Coast For Season Four of Laguna Beach [MTV press release]

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