Here's the press release from MTV:
MTV ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF "LAGUNA BEACH - THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY," TELEVISION'S FIRST "REALITY DRAMA"
Series Gives Viewers an Honest and Unscripted Look at Seven Glamorous Teenagers Living in Orange County
New York, NY, June 28, 2004 - MTV: Music Television announced today the premiere of television's first "reality drama" series "Laguna Beach - The Real Orange County."
MTV, the network that pioneered reality television 11 years ago with the launch of "The Real World" and has a rich history of breaking new ground in programming, will be airing the first ever "reality drama," "Laguna Beach." This reality series has the look and feel of a scripted drama, without the conventions of reality television.
There are no confessionals, no interviews, and the camerawork, editing and musical score are all approached from a narrative perspective. However, all the dialogue, reactions and situations are real and unscripted. Additionally, the series was shot with multiple Panasonic DVC Pro 50 Digital Video cameras, which are currently used in many feature films and commercials.
"Laguna Beach" will explore the lives of seven beautiful teenagers who lead glamorous lives in a picturesque seaside town of pristine beaches and multi-million dollar homes. From the sandbox through high school, Stephen, Kristen, Lauren (LC), Lo, Christina, Trey and Morgan have shared their lives together, living in the same small-knit community and attending the same high school. This group is now a tight-knit clique, and they've granted MTV an all-access pass into their lives, relationships, friendships, families and homes. From spring break to prom to graduating and applying for college, they invite us along for the ride and into the real-life dramas that unfold during their pivotal junior and senior year in high school. What lies beneath the surface of this perfect community? Does everyone really get along? Who's dating who? What does the future hold?
"MTV is all about reinvention, breaking new ground and staying on the cutting edge of television. And with 'Laguna Beach,' we will explore a whole new genre - the 'reality drama,'" said Tony DiSanto, Senior Vice President of Production for MTV. "Our goal is to show the lives of this incredible group of teenagers - authentic and unscripted - yet shot look like our viewers' favorite dramatic series. It will be a unique viewing experience, unlike anything else on television, and all the more compelling because the drama is real."
"Laguna Beach" was created by Liz Gateley. Gary Auerbach, Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are Executive Producers. Wendy Riche serves as Co-Executive Producer. Adam DiVello serves as the Development Executive for "Laguna Beach." Eugene Caldwell is Executive in Charge of Production.
Edited by Rydell, Jun 28, 2004 @ 4:40 PM.