Laguna Beach in Highland Park

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BY RILEY COVEN

From 2004 to 2006 MTV aired a reality television program called, ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.’ It focused on the lives of several high school seniors in Southern California and was narrated by, and mainly focused on, Lauren Conrad. Described by many as a guilty pleasure, the show received average reviews from critics and only lasted around three seasons. One of the many infamous reality programs from its era, the show was often criticized for the heavily narrative structure of its plots and was frequently accused of fabricating its storylines.

Now, in 2014, Vinnie Potestivo, of Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment, wants to bring the show back; except this time in Highland Park. With the same angle, general premise and plot points the show could be making a comeback in our very own backyard. There are some foreseeable hesitations however. Much of the original show highlighted the sexual encounters, drinking, and drug use of the teenagers. It’s imaginable that many parents wouldn’t be very excited to see their children and their children’s friends doing the same on national television. The concerns are reasonable and assuredly present.

On the other side of the coin however, Highland Park could prove to be an incredibly interesting and vibrant environment to set such a program in. With the many wealthy families that have their children enrolled in the school, the show could easily reach the same viewers it did last time. The idea of the rich kids learning their lessons of life amongst one another, just like the original show, is still a promising lead for most television producers. While some moral qualms may still have to be sorted out, it’s possible that one day soon, ‘Highland Park: The Real Dallas’ might be invading our television screens for better or for worse.

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