Michael Ausiello with Rochell D. Thomas


American High Drama


Survivor isn't the only reality series vulnerable to controversy. A student from American High — relaunched on PBS last night after a brief four-episode run back in August on Fox — is charging that the show "poorly portrayed" her as a clingy girlfriend whose life revolved around a guy. Now, High's "principal," executive producer R.J. Cutler, is responding to the flak.

In this week's TV Guide, 18-year-old High star Sarah — who in the show's initial episodes was seen doting over beau Robby — was quoted as saying she got "torn apart by the media" as a result of Cutler's depiction of her. (The couple have since graduated and broken up.)

"There's a tendency [for the press] to boil the kids down to labels," Cutler tells TV Guide Online. "Bad-boy Morgan, Jock-with-a-soul Robby, Dependent-girlfriend Sarah. And it was heartbreaking for her to be called [that].

"But Sarah is not por read more

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