Siesta Key is MTV’s hottest new reality show. Featuring a young hot cast — which includes Alex Kompothecras, Brandon Gomes, Chloe Trautman, Garrett Miller, Juliette Porter, Kelsey Owens, and Madisson Hausburg — the show is a lot like Laguna Beach, which makes sense given that producers of Siesta Key were responsible for that show too. Even though it is only on its first season, its already a cultural phenomenon, which is why we’ve rounded up these 12 things most people don’t know about the new series:
12. Alex’s Father Paid for the Pilot
Alex’s father Gary is the one who came up with the idea that his son and his friends should get their own reality show. It was two years before the show premiered and he was with Alex and the gang as they were boating, fishing and going to the beach and partying, and he thought this would make for great reality TV. “I go, ‘You guys are really having a hell of a lifestyle,’” Gary said. “I said this would be a good reality show. Plus they’re good kids, so that was the main thing, they weren’t bad kids. I said this would be a good story because when I was growing up, you had ‘Father Knows Best,’ you had ‘My Three Sons,’ you had people with values and I didn’t see that in the TV of late.” Gary paid for a production company to film the pilot and then sent it to various networks. No one responded until a year later when MTV contacted Gary out of the blue and told him that this is what they had been looking for.