What You Need To Know About The Hills Reboot

Published on June 19, 2019

Remember The Hills? Well—it’s coming back.

MTV has announced that one of its most popular reality TV shows of all time is going to be making a comeback in 2019. The Hills: New Beginnings was announced recently, and we can expect it to come back around at the end of June. The show will see a reunion of original characters like Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, The Pratt’s, and Justin Bobby. Missing from the cast, however, is Lauren Conrad. In her absence the show will see the arrival of one new character: Mischa Barton.

The Hills

When The Hills aired on MTV back in 2006 its actors had no idea it would become the phenomenon that it did. The show, which starred actors like Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag at the start of their careers, quickly became the quintessential teen drama on the network. As one of the first reality TV programs, The Hills was praised for its depiction of young women at the start of their careers. The show followed Lauren as she embarked on a career in the fashion industry, starting with an internship at Teen Vogue alongside Whitney Port. Heidi, who worked for SBE, and Audrina, a front desk intern at a Los Angeles record label.

Over the years the show highlighted Montag throughout her relationship with Spencer Pratt. It also followed the couple as Montag underwent heavily publicized plastic surgery. When the show finally came to a close in 2010, it was revealed to be heavily scripted and not a depiction of reality at all. The characters were real, living in LA and working at real jobs. However, the day to day happenings that were documented within the show were largely scripted by the production company. The Hills was reminiscent of a soap opera, and was dubbed a guilty pleasure by most of its critics.

The Hills Reboot

The upcoming episodes of The Hills will be part of a show called The Hills: New Beginnings. The show picks up in the present day lives of its original characters, save for a few. “From what I gather from being new, this is completely different this time round, because it’s not the same production company it’s not the same thing, it’s more real,” says Mischa Barton to DigitalSpy of the new series. Fans of the original show questioned whether the new series would be as scripted as the original. A new production company, however, could mean that the reboot will be more of a reality show than its predecessor.

If the show is supposedly more real, does that mean that these cast members have stayed in each others lives throughout the last decade? “There’s also an element of it just goes where it goes. Obviously they can’t be everywhere all the time, so it depends on what happens with people over the course of filming and that dictates where the filming goes so it’s the same for everyone,” Barton continued to say about the new show. The Hills: New Beginnings will premiere on MTV on June 24 in the US. The only other question that remains is: When will the original be put back on Netflix?

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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