'The Hills' is alive... but not for much longer.
The cultural phenomenon that sparked a generation of non-reality reality shows is launching its sixth and final season starting on April 27, with a spectacular summer series finale planned. Many are rejoicing the demise of the show, practically chomping at the bit to send Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt into the sunset. Others aren't so happy... though we're not sure who you are.
Some of the final episodes include Montag's plastic surgery being revealed to her mom, the cast dealing with substance abuse, and Audrina Patridge dating Ashlee Simpson's reality TV ex, Ryan Cabrera. There has been some teasing in regards to the return of Lauren Conrad, but MTV makes no promises.
We sat down to talk candidly with Dan & Jessi from MTV Canada's 'The After Show' about the end of 'The Hills,' and what the remaining fans have to look forward to in the next few months.
Both shows premiere April 27 on MTV, and the love lives and careers of Heidi, Spencer, Brody, Audrina, Justin, Whitney, Roxy, Olivia and Erin will continue to dominate the new seasons.
More previews and videos after the jump.
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Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is the trailer for the final season of the MTV reality hit.
We've watched them love, live and grow -- and in Heidi Montag's case get loads of plastic surgery. This trailer opens with footage from simple times, times before plastic surgery and sex tape rumors. That alone was enough to make us nostalgic for the days of Whitney and Lauren sitting around the offices of Teen Vogue, but then -- BAM! -- new footage that got us excited (don't judge).
Check out the video after the jump.
AOL TV reached out to 'Hills' co-star Stephanie Pratt, sister of Spencer, to get her thoughts on the cancellation. In an exclusive statement, the 23-year-old said, "I will be sad for this chapter of my life to close, but I am so thankful that I've had the opportunity to work with a truly amazing cast and crew over the last few years."
"I think we've told the story of struggle and of finding yourself in L.A.," 'Hills' creator Adam DiVello says. "A lot of these kids have found themselves and have certainly embarked on different careers and different paths."
The show, a spin-off of another MTV reality hit, 'Laguna Beach,' gets credit (blame?) for unleashing not only Lauren Conrad on pop culture, but also the ubiquitous TMZ fixtures that are Audrina Patridge, Spencer Pratt and his newly-plasticized wife, Heidi Montag.
In fact, the first episode of the final season (premiering Apr. 27) will focus on Montag, as she heads back to her Colorado hometown to reveal her drastic (and much maligned by fans and the media) plastic surgery makeover to her mother.
"I think it's a personal choice," Conrad said. "I think everybody's different. Everybody needs to do what's good for them."
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I'm not saying she isn't a force -- she most certainly is -- but she also wears $5 Target flip-flops to cocktail parties, name drops Martha Stewart and tells me to call her "anytime -- we'll blog together." (OK, come to think of it, that last bit could very well have been a slam against me and my job. And yet, I still like her. Damn, she's good.)
More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about a very aught-like phenomenon: the cult of celebrity.
There is no clearer metaphor for the concept of being a celebrity than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You work hard to chase your dream and achieve a career for yourself by making your name known to the masses of the universe.
Then when you've grabbed that star and become a regular fixture in the flash bulb of the press' cameras, how does the public honor your tireless toil and efforts? They throw you down on a sidewalk and walk all over you.
In the Aughts, however, a new celebrity oozed out of the primordial muck. A celebrity that still suffered the slings and arrows of the tabloid press and a complete loss of the right to privacy, but achieved their stardom by simply cutting out all that pesky hard work and tireless effort nonsense. These are the celebrities who became famous by simply because they were famous.
"I am so out of the loop because of my legal issues that I have been dealing with," Pratt told Inside TV at Tuesday's 'Decade Event' party in Hollywood, honoring Travis Barker's Famous Stars and Straps 10th anniversary and Snoop Dogg's 10th album, 'Malice in Wonderland.' "I haven't even been on the Internet and seen the last four or five episodes."
This week, a representative for Patridge told US Magazine that she can "officially confirm that [the reality star] will appear in the sixth season of 'The Hills.'" This comes after weeks of negotiations and back-and-forths with MTV about Partridge's supposed upcoming spin-off.
In a May interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Patridge said that she was planning to leave 'The Hills,' the reality show that made her famous, to set out on her own. Apparently, MTV had gifted Patridge a series akin to co-star Whitney Port's 'The City.'
According to Variety, MTV has renewed 'The Hills' for a sixth season, despite a noticeable dip in the ratings. Also getting a pickup is its east coast spin-off 'The City,' which will return for its second.
This would be only the second season for the show's new lead, HBIC Kristin Cavallari, who joined the cast following the departure of the show's original star, Lauren Conrad. Before her stint on the 'Hills,' she had been better known as Lauren's nemesis on 'Laguna Beach.'
The couple has been arguing all season about whether to have a child. Heidi has been mulling over secretly quitting her birth control, while Spencer has been famously opposed to the idea of children and even looked into a vasectomy. In this clip, however, Spencer seems to have a change of heart and indicates he may want kids someday.
Watch the video after the jump.
Spencer plays video games with Enzo (does this kid have parents?) while sparring with Heidi about her trip to the pharmacy. "How did our marriage get to this point?" he says of her "sperm hijacking," but finally agrees to consider her feelings.
Brody and Jayde attend Taylor's engagement party, where talk quickly turns to their own future. He later tells his buddies he still has feelings for Kristin.
We caught up with Lauren 'Lo' Bosworth -- who made her reality show start as a teen on MTV's 'Laguna Beach' and later followed BFF Lauren Conrad to 'The Hills' -- last night before her flight from L.A. to New York to give us a sneak peek at what's ahead for the show and its stars. (Um, is Justin Bobby out of the picture yet, or what?)
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