PASADENA, Calif. - Though she's had highly publicized drug-related law-enforcement encounters, Paris Hilton is pretty sure no one is talking about whether she has a drug problem.
"No one is saying that," she insists during an interview to promote "The World According to Paris," a new unscripted series that's supposed to be about her real life.
In recent years, Hilton has made as much a name for herself for legal woes and brushes with the law as for career accomplishments. She had her driver's license suspended after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Later, she served jail time. Last year, she was detained and released after being caught in possession of cannabis at the Figari airport in Corsica. A month later, Hilton was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession in Las Vegas.
Those incidents made her the brunt of late-night jokes, but Hilton claims, "I don't listen to (the comedians)."
She does listen to her instincts about what people want to see from her. "The World According to Paris" (10 p.m. EDT Wednesdays, Oxygen) lets cameras in on her daily life.
Her entry into reality TV, "The Simple Life," which aired in 2003, paired her with best friend Nicole Richie as they traveled across the country to live life with strangers in the Midwest. She followed in 2008 with "Paris Hilton's My New BFF," a MTV competition.
Hilton has a hand in many ventures outside of show business, including fashion and perfumes. She can make a small fortune by showing up at a club on opening night.
"I was the one who started reality television," she says, although MTV's "The Real World" debuted a decade before "The Simple Life," and "Survivor" on CBS, the longest-running network reality show, started in 2000.
What Hilton did was to bring celebrities into reality TV, a genre that, for the most part, had mainly featured non-actors who gained fame through their series.
"'The Simple Life' is the first big reality show out there," she says. "I enjoyed doing that. I'm not an actress. I'm a businesswoman."
The catalyst for her new series was turning 30. Hilton says the milestone caused her to take stock about the next phase of her life.
"People think they know me, but they don't," she says. "They think because I am a Hilton that I don't work, that I didn't earn anything. I am driven. I've built up my business. I work hard.
"There are so many misconceptions and rumors and lies about me. When people see the show, they are going to see I am a real person with feelings, and I go through things just like any other woman."
Other highlights for the week of June 5-11 (all times EDT; listings subject to change; check local listings):
"MTV Movie Awards" (9 p.m., MTV). Jason Sudeikis of "Saturday Night Live" will host. Categories include Best Movie and Best Kiss.
"Teen Wolf" (11 p.m., MTV). This isn't your father's "Teen Wolf," with Michael J. Fox. It's an updated dramatic story of werewolves who are more worried about prom dates and zits than anything else.
"Masterchef" (8 p.m., Fox). Amateur cooks, under pressure, whip up their best dishes to impress judges as this competition heats up for a second season.
"Tough Enough" (8 p.m., USA Network). The next big wrestling superstar will be named in the season finale.
"Switched at Birth" (9 p.m., ABC Family). Two girls have their lives turned upside down after discovering they haven't been living with their biological families.
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" (10 p.m., Bravo). In the season finale, Vickie gets home from the hospital and makes a decision about her marriage.
"CMT Music Awards" (8 p.m., CMT). Keith Urban, The Band Perry and Sugarland are among the stars turning up for the event.
"The Guys Choice Awards" (9 p.m., Spike TV). You don't have to be a guy to vote, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt. Categories include Most Dangerous Man, The Holy Grail of Hot and Most Unstoppable Jock. Kobe Bryant, Mila Kunis and Daniel Tosh will appear.
"Ice Road Terror" (9 p.m., Syfy). Truckers navigating dangerous roads come upon a dinosaur that loves to eat truckers.
"A Crush On You" (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A woman reads the wrong email and thinks she has an admirer. But she doesn't.