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laguna beach : not completely fake!

Is anyone else completely shocked to learn that Laguna Beach is really a reality show and not a staged reality show? Today's Gawker exposé totally blew my mind:
The shots are filmed from at least a block away — think Discovery channel-esque high-powered cameras — so that the kids can roam somewhat unencumbered by the multiple cameramen. But while the interactions on LB are all definitely “real,” they aren’t unspoiled by the long arm of the show’s producers. [gawker]
I think that it almost makes it less interesting, but I'm not sure why. I've only seen the show a couple times and I assumed that it was a scripted drama pretending to be a reality show created in reaction to a popular television drama in which the characters occasionally reference the fictional reality of the existing drama series.

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I'm surprised you even watch that show! I tuned into it for 5 minutes one time and was like, "These are just regular, self-absorbed, boring ass high school kids. I HATE high school kids!" So I turned it off. I really don't see the appeal. It has none of the wit that makes a show like The OC good.
Honestly, I don't watch it. I think I saw a couple of episodes one day while I was studying and needed the soothing background noise of an MTV marathon to keep me from getting distracted.

Really, my main fascination was thinking that it was a staged reality show. I thought that they were actors pretending to be high school kids in reaction to the adults who play non-boring high school kids on the o.c.
Yeah, well I do find the info interesting. When I saw it I wondered if it was scripted or not, too. Thank god it isn't, because can you imagine how little dignity a writer would have to have to script dialogue like that? I shudder to think.

I still think that The OC having a parallel show within it (The Valley) that they watch, and which the actors of have all of the same traits and rumors abuot them that the actors on The OC have is one of the most brilliant, meta moves ever.
totally. I forgot to include that in the (sort-of) recursive sentence at the end of my post. The existence of the Valley on the o.c. made it even more convoluted that the characters on Laguna Beach occasionally made indirect references to the o.c..
There was a whole NY Times article about it right before it aired so I've always watched knowing it was real. I think people who are in high school are way into it but I don't feel like it really provide anything new and original in terms of insight into today's spoiled Californian teen....I don't know, I may be wrong.....
I haven't seen it in a while, but now that I know that it's real the most interesting part seems to be that they use nature documentary techniques to do the filming. I imagine that since they're kids the crew doesn't want to be completely Real World intrusive.
I started watching it last year and couldn't figure out if it was real or not but a couple shows in I discovered it was, indeed, real. I've been hooked ever since. They're all so ridiculous. The new season's even crazier.
the only way that I seem to be able to watch an MTV series is if I run across it in the middle of a marathon (or at least a set of multiple episodes). I'm sure that day will once again come for Laguna Beach.