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PA Makes Good on "Laguna Beach"

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In television the lowest of the low is the Production Assistant, the PA. Everyone's bitch, the PA works the hardest, gets the most shit, gets paid the worst and usually isn't allowed even to talk to the talent.

So when stories like this one end up on our browsers about people like Jaime Paxton, who started off as a PA on MTV's "Laguna Beach", we smile, for the PA has overcome all odds and shot straight up the ladder overnight, proving that dreams really do come true here.

While working on the show for Executive Producer Gary Auerbach, Paxton pursued her hobby of writing and playing music at night. She teamed up with Los Angeles producer Brian Irwin and recorded a few songs as a demo. When the show's editors were searching for new music to place on an episode, they suggested Ms. Paxton bring in some of her songs. She did, and two of her tracks ended up on the show's first season. When season two rolled around, music supervisor Jon Ernst began turning to Paxton’s music and songwriting skills to feature on the show. “Jaime has proven to be a very valuable resource to me,” said Ernst. “When I can’t find the perfect song for a scene, she magically goes home, writes the perfect song and brings it in for us just in the nick of time – Gotta love that!” Five of Paxton’s songs were featured prominently in numerous episodes of the series’ second season.

Somehow our heart doesn't flutter the same way when the
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wife of a star gets a tv series (as long as the star agrees to be the Executive Producer and makes a lot of guest appearances), as did Christine Taylor, who is married to Ben Stiller.
The comedy, being eyed as single-camera, is based on Taylor's life. "She is a small-town girl who has found her way into Hollywood but still retains a lot of the values and humility (of her upbringing)," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. "There are times when she is befuddled by her status — being an actress married to a big movie star."

On the show, Taylor's character will juggle her career and her family with a lot of relatives from her hometown still very involved in her life. Stiller will recur as her husband. - Hollywood Reporter

Why even bother with writers? Why not just avoid the middle man and call it what it is, a reality series not much different than "The Newlyweds"?photo by prlupin via Flickr