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They’re not wanted in Laguna Beach, so MTV is now unleashing a new “reality” drama series set in a beachside paradise full of sexy young pretties. And this one is set far enough away that the complaints from the locals won’t sound so loud.
Maui Fever, which was announced a few months back as Island Fever, follows the lives of seven 20-something “friends and lovers” dealing with the ups and downs of youth and beauty while living and working in the tourist mecca of Lahaina. Producers got started in June shot eight half-hour episodes over three months. They also shot another MTV series called Living Lahaina, which follows surf instructors at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy.
And though we haven’t seen Maui saddled with the tag “The real Hawaii,” the grumblings about how accurately the show depicts the youth and culture of Maui has already begun.
But here’s the real controversy (and it’s not the imminent arrival of the Island Kristin Cavallari):
The series premieres January 17th at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday nights at 10:30. That’s Twentyfourseven‘s spot.
(By the way, Maui Fever, featuring locals pitted against the money-flashing vacationers, sounds similar in theme to the classic Blue Crush, which starred Kate Bosworth and the lovely Lost rapscallion Michelle Rodriguez, and is on the list of Tabloid Baby’s Top 50 movies of all time. Crush, though, was set on Oahu, where ABC’s Lost is filmed.)