MTV's 'Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County' Premieres Next Week
MTV's 'Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County' Premieres Next Week
MTV has revamped the reality teenage drama series, Laguna Beach, by moving to a new location and casting a new group of friends.  Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County is set to premiere on Wednesday, August 15 at 10:30pm ET/PT, and viewers can expect fresh faces, new rivalries and budding relationships as the series starts anew.

“It has been three years since the Stephen, Lauren and Kristin love triangle drew viewers to the real life drama of Laguna Beach,” Tony DiSanto, Executive Vice President, Series Development & Programming for MTV, said.  “Now we are moving up the coast to a new town with new faces and a new high school, but with the same drama of dealing with relationships, cliques, family and friends.  The real OC is a beautiful backdrop to this universal story and this year we go back to the heart of the drama…that wistful last year of school.”

Making up the cast of Newport Harbor are Chrissy, a senior who has got both beauty and brains, Clay, the shy school heartthrob, Allie, the flirtatious head turner who longs to rekindle a past relationship, Grant, the “Goofball” of the group, Chase, the charming senior who is quite popular with the ladies, Taylor, Chase's younger on-and-off girlfriend, and Sasha, Chrissy's childhood friend and tennis partner.

On the same day as Newport Harbor's television premiere, viewers will get the opportunity to visit the places they see on the show by accessing Virtual Newport Harbor at  Also through the website, fans will be able to experience some of the storylines presented on the show, including big events like prom and graduation, and meet Chrissy on opening night.

Since July 23, the show's official website,, has been giving fans the chance to view video cast bios and exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures, as well as watch full episodes from previous seasons of Laguna Beach.

Newport Harbor is created and executive produced by Liz Gately.  Other producers include Gary Auerbach, Tony DiSanto and Kathryn Takis, Keith Hoffman and Jan Lane.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of MTV)