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'Catfish: The TV Show': For Once, the Guy Seems To Be Genuine

By Clyde Hughes   |   Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 07:22 AM

MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show" second season episode Tuesday featuring an eight-year online romance between Lauren and Derek challenged what had become the norm of the series exposing mysterious online relationships.

"Catfish: The TV Show" has run on the formula of boy meets girl online, or vice versa; and boy find out girls lied about true identity. The typical episode concludes with boy or girl trying to decide whether to continue the relationship after the initial deception.

But what if boy meets girls and both are really who they say they are? What is the fun in that?

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The filmmaking duo of Yaniv "Nev" Schulman and Max Joseph found that was the case with Lauren, a single mother living in Texas, and Derek, who lived in Maryland. The show's cameras were on hand when the two met for the first time, according to MTV.

"Lauren had given birth to a son and broken off an engagement during the eight years she'd been in touch with Derek," said Matthew Scott Donnelly, of MTV's Remote Control blog. "Her choice to risk the life she could have had for the one she wanted more than paid off as soon as she saw him in the flesh and the rest was only a fairy godmother short of the next Disney classic."

"For the first time ever on the show, the 'Catfish' wasn't a 'Catfish' at all – he was just a normal guy who doesn't know how to work a webcam. There's hope for us all," Donnelly's blog continued.

One commenter of the MTV's blog still was not buying the relationship.

"What if Derek is gay? I just can't understand what took him so long," said the commenter. "It does not make any sense. I think she is a cover up for Derek's real life."

Other comments on Twitter, though, were willing to give love between Lauren and Derek a chance.

Tyler Iacona tweeted: "That must be the best feeling when your catfish is real."

"Wow someone on Catfish actually found the person they were looking for. It's a miracle," said one tweeter.

Schulman even expressed his joy in revealing a positive outcome, tweeting after Tuesday's episode: "Thanks for all your questions and comments tonight. Feels so good to have a happy ending. #Love #Catfish."

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"Catfish: The TV Show" is a spinoff from Schulman's 2010 controversial documentary "Catfish," which exposed his own long distance online romance, which was highlighted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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