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Although The Hills may have helped you survive, it's been a long, Laguna Beach-less summer. Now MTV has returned to the real O.C. (without the real LC, Lauren Conrad) for a third season, and there's a whole new crop of affluent teens to get to know.

The show is still about sketchy dudes, random text messages, hookups and a little dating, a lot of unsupervised partying, and even a Season 2 holdover in the won't-go-away, Screech Powers-esque Jessica Smith. But much has changed, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The guys are much better looking, the girls appear to be more diverse, there appear to be three cliques instead of two, and the aplha character this season, Tessa, does not have the last name Conrad (although LC's sis Breanna is a cast member). Let's get to know the new cast and see how they stack up with our old favorites.

TESSA: She's this season's LC, the nice girl who's going to get mixed up in a lot of not nice things. Becoming best friends with Breanna's former BFF, Rocky, makes for tension between Tessa (right) and the younger Conrad. But the real drama will come when her clique clashes with the mean, sassy popular-girl posse led by Kyndra.

CHASE: Tessa's best guy friend bears a facial-hair resemblance to veteran Jason Wahler, but -- fortunately -- he has little else in common with the former Laguna Beach bad boy. Chase's artistic pursuits (he's frontman of a band called Open Air Stereo) recall Season 1's go-to creative man, Trey, but it looks like his chances of making out with a Laguna leading lady are a lot stronger than Trey.

ROCKY: Rocky (whose real name is Raquel) is filling the best-friend role, like Lo in the first two seasons. She recently shifted allegiance from Breanna to Tessa. Rocky looks like a young Drew Barrymore, has an adorable snaggle tooth like Project Runway's Alison, and dates a hot guy from another school. But for some unspecified reason, she's hated by the Laguna Beach popular crowd.

CAMERON: A meathead heartthrob, Cameron is splitting his beefy affections between two jealous ladies, much like two-timers Stephen and Jason. Despite his hilarious Jason-bashing in Season 3's premiere, Cameron could turn out to be a lot like him. It's extremely doubtful, however, Cameron will prove to be as likable as Stephen.

KYNDRA: Kyndra (left) is the new Kristin Cavallari. She's blond and tough and has a really high credit limit. The home-schooled diva is the leader of this year's trio of trendy girls, the Bratz Pack, if you will. She's got her eye on Cameron, but it's unlikely that he'll be her only target this season, particularly once it's time for spring-break trips.

CAMI: Cami's ready to show Rocky and everyone else in Laguna the difference between queen bees and wannabes. The gossip maven's acid wit makes her more like a sharper Lisa Turtle than anyone from past Laguna Beach casts. As Kyndra's best friend, she should be the new Alex H. (that's the blond one), but Cami's bigger than that.

KELAN: Kelan is this season's jokey sidekick guy. He's got a touch of Trey, because he's able to move among cliques pretty easily -- he's Cameron's wingman and Chase's bandmate. There's something Dieter-ish about his sidekickdom and Talan-ish about how he's not the ladies' first choice, but Kelan has a lot more personality than either of those two.

BREANNA: Breanna isn't LC, although, like her sister, deep down she really wants to be popular. Unfortunately, she has a longer way to go than Lauren did. Breanna is still trying to find her clique, and the previews suggest she might do something mean just to gain acceptance. She is jealous of Tessa's friendship with her former friend Rocky and, perhaps as a result, tends to chase after Tessa's former beaus. Thus she most resembles Alex M., who pursued Jason in Season 2 while he was still dating Jessica.

LEXIE: Lexie (right) spends most of her time training to be a dancer, so her nearest equivalent is probably the equally dedicated would-be Broadway singer Christina. But Lexie is otherwise nothing like the conservative preacher's daughter. She is a demanding, waifish hair toucher who hates Rocky and Tessa. But according to the previews, she will find some time between being hardworking and snobby to have at least one hookup this season.

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There you have it. Tune in next Wednesday for an all new episode, and all the drama therein.

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For the new big man on the Laguna Beach campus, junior year is all about surfing partying, hanging out with friends and hooking up with chicks. It befuddles the staff at T.H. Gossip, though, why this dude Cameron (pictured), featured so prominently in last night's season premiere, is such a hot commodity. Where is this place? How does this even happen?

He's like Jason Wahler, only bigger. And like Jason, Cameron is hooking up with Jessica Smith. That's right, last season's cast member, now a high school graduate, is apparently still living in the area, and was back on the show last night. While on a date with Cameron, she expressed jealousy at his other social endeavors. Meaning chicks calling him.

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Come on girl. Maybe you can't get your own spinoff like Lauren Conrad, or become a pseudo-celeb like your former pal Kristin Cavallari.

But you can at least know when to pack it in -- and pick a guy that's not a complete a$$hole. Man, Jessica simply traded in her lying, uncaring ex for a younger model.

It's a sad, sad scene... and yet like that tragic car accident on the side of the road, we can't look away.

In other Laguna Beach news, there was little to no screen time for LC's younger sister, Breanna, although a sneak peak at future episodes (brought to us by MTV's charming personality Vanessa Minnillo) indicates that LC will be making a guest appearance in the near future. As for the alpha females in this season's cast? They're bitches. But what did you expect.

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Yes, fans. It's that time of year. Laguna Beach is back and better than ever.

Well, at least it's back! With the kids on the first two seasons moving on to bigger and better things (if you can consider Kristin Cavallari's new "career" bigger and/or better), or having graduated to their own series, it's about time for Orange County, Calif., to crank out some new pretty, preppy and petty new stars on Laguna Beach.

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From the looks of the previews, the producers have done a fine job of that. The hit show, which premieres tonight at 10, will keep it in the family -- at least in the case of one star. Breanna Conrad, sister of Laguna alum Lauren Conrad, a.k.a. "LC," will be a principal cast member.

After she graduated high school, Lauren moved to L.A. and was given her own spinoff, The Hills, which proved a surprising hit in its own right. Bringing along some Laguna star power and drama in the form of on-off beau Jason Wahler didn't hurt.

In any case, Breanna and classmates are ready to run it back for Laguna Beach's third season. It didn't take creator Liz Gateley long to unearth a new generation of SoCal girls who stress about boys and have daggers out for rival girls (for reasons viewers, and even cast members themselves, often forget).

Not to worry, there's also a new stock of clueless dudes, ones for whom the maintenance of abdominal muscles seems life's primary objective. One of the new guys is the lead singer of a band that appears to be awful, reminding one once more how far MTV has fallen from presenting actual music to glossy nighttime soap operas under the guise of "reality."

But hey, it works. Run with it!

There isn't too much gossip to report at the moment (even for The Gossip), but here's a Laguna Beach Season 3 spoiler you never saw coming: The popular girls tend to be mean.

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With their respective boyfriends, that is. Although the former Laguna Beach stars, whose ongoing feud is well-documented, have definitely broken up numerous times, in a manner of speaking. We're saying there's no love lost between the Cali cuties!

In any case, Kristin Cavallari (right) has split with boyfriend Brody Jenner, People magazine confirms, while Lauren Conrad (below) has ended things with Jason Wahler, her beau on both Laguna Beach and The Hills, according to Teen People.

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"Yes, Brody and I broke up. It's just hard right now because I am working all the time. We're still good friends though," Cavallari, 19, said.

The off-and-on couple, who met through Laguna Beach co-star Talan Torriero, originally broke up in the fall, but got back together shortly after.

In between spending time with Jenner, 22, Cavallari was spotted several times with rebound-tang crazed Nick Lachey, but friends say it was never anything serious. Cavallari described her romance with Jenner, the son of Olympian Bruce Jenner and a Guess model, as her first mature relationship.

"He's good-looking and he makes me laugh for hours," she told Teen People.

Cavallari, whose fame has rocketed since the second season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, recently wrapped her film Fingerprints, and is now shooting Spring Breakdown. Both are slated for release next year.

Meanwhile, Lauren "LC" Conrad, 19, confirms she is no longer with Jason â€" even after she made the dubious decision to stay in California with him, rather than take an internship in Paris, on the season finale of The Hills.

On Laguna Beach, LC ended things with Jason, 20, after catching him kissing his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Smith, 18.

But for some reason, the two got back together shortly thereafter, and he was a regular presence on The Hills, her Laguna spin-off.

Lauren's younger sister, Breanna Conrad, 16, heads up an all-new cast of Laguna Beach, which makes its premiere August 16 on MTV.

If history is any indication, the much-anticipated Season 3 should provide tons of drama, some scandalous hooking up, underage drinking, a lot of gossip and ample hanging out at the beach.