From AZCentral.com – “Laguna Beach,” is just past the halfway point of the season. Its producers are making decisions about how to proceed with the fourth season, which begins shooting in December. Viewership, while still strong, has declined, which the show’s creator said is to be expected. “It’s sort of like if you recast (Beverly Hills) 90210,’ ” said Liz Gateley, who is also the executive producer. Viewers, she said, have to make “a whole new investment” in the cast. This is where the delicate chemistry of a reality show can get thrown out of whack.
Gateley, who said she is happy with this season’s cast and considers Tessa a sympathetic character to whom young viewers can relate, seemed a bit surprised by Cami’s objection to her portrayal on the show. “I think we portray characters the way that they are. I wouldn’t call them mean girls, but I would say mean things come out of their mouths. Mean things come out of everyone’s mouth. With Kyndra and Cami, you get a double whammy.”
The current cast will be followed into Season 4, said Gateley, probably with some additions.
Cami is looking forward to next season for her own reasons. “I want to be on the fourth season just to clean things up,” she said. “Not that I wouldn’t be myself, but I would go out of my way to . . . I don’t know. It just really, really, really sucks. Tessa seems like this goody two-shoes on TV, and I am just sitting there watching it, going, If you only knew.’ ”