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Spinoff of: "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County"
There have been dozens of sort-of spinoffs of reality shows in the past 10 years (just look at, oh, about half of VH1's lineup), but MTV's decision to follow Lauren Conrad to L.A. after she finished high school was the most successful. It worked so well that the show was even able to continue (for a while, anyway) when Conrad decided she'd had enough. ("The City," which spun from "The Hills," didn't fare as well.) The fact that both "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" were nearly as scripted as your average comedy or drama didn't hurt.
-- Rick Porter, Zap2it