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The Hills Reboot: Will Anyone Actually Watch This Thing?

MTV’s reboot of The Hills sure made a lot of headlines at last week’s VMAs, but whether the buzz ends there remains to be seen.

In other words, will it lead to any actual viewers?

Here, The Hollywood Gossip staff debates whether or not this latest, shameless effort to reboot and recaputre nostalgia will be a hit.

IN ONE WORD, YES by Hilton Hater

Yes, The Hills revival will be a hit.

And I need just two words to explain why: Heidi and Spencer. Better yet, I need just one nickname to explain why: Speidi.

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag entered the celebrity mainstream over a decade ago, initially appearing on The Hills as your basic wanna be A-Listers who would do anything for attention.

But that’s the thing: They would do ANYthing for attention, whether that meant trying to make it as a singer (Heidi) or stirring up every type of scandal or controversy imaginable (Spencer).

These two were Donald Trump before he became President Donald Trump: they had no shame.

They sky-rocketed to stardom just as social media was taking off, squeezing every millisecond out of their 15 Minutes of Fame and milking every comment on that platform for Likes or Dislikes.

They didn’t care and they still don’t care. Speidi was simply after attention.

That was back in 2007, however. There are millions of current MTV viewers who were too young at the time to watch or appreciate the couple’s antics.

So now that Twitter, Instagram and Facebook dominate absolutely everything at all times, we can’t fathom the heights that a rebooted Spencer and Heidi will be able to reach.

We can’t comprehend how popular (or, at least, how DISCUSSED) the duo will become in this second incarnation.

Oh, and here’s the final thing: They’re still together! They have a son! The couple that came across all those years ago as faker than Heidi’s boobs have somehow managed to find real, lasting love.

It’s sort of amazing. And it makes The Hills definitely worth watching.

NO, IT’S A BRIDGE TOO FAR by Tyler Johnson

Reboots are all the rage these days, and no one at MTV has had a fresh idea since the Clinton administration, so it should come as no surprise that the network is repackaging all its old hits.

But with The Hills, they may have gone too far.

After all, a second iteration of Jersey Shore makes sense – the original series was a cultural touchstone that made household names of its most colorful stars.

But The Hills?!

The closest thing that show ever had to a colorful star was Spencer Pratt, and that’s only because dude likes to wear tie-dye while fondling his collection of crystals.

If you’re lost in a fog of nostalgia, it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that The Hills overstayed its welcome well before it wrapped up its initial run.

The show’s best-loved star, Lauren Conrad, famously saw the writing on the wall and quit before the final season and split.

Not surprisingly, she won’t be back for the reboot.

Hell, one could argue that the concept behind The Hills was played out before the show even premiered. It was a spinoff of Laguna Beach, which was itself a lazy attempt to capitalize on the popularity of The O.C.

Despite all that the show became a hit, but that was likely due in part to the fact its target demo had far fewer entertainment options in those days.

So for the moment, The Hills are alive … but my guess is they won’t be for long.

THE HILLS HAVE A YES by Simon Delott

Reboots are so often reviled, fairly or unfairly.

But technically what we’re talking about here is a revival, where people can wax nostalgic about a show from yesteryear and see some of their returning favorites.

So … is The Hills: New Beginnings going to be a success? Maybe so. Heidi and Spencer, who are new parents, will be returning.

You know that people are going to want to check in on two of the world’s most famous hot messes in this new chapter of their lives.

Other familiar faces will be there, too, and we also should look at another revival from a similar era. Jersey Shore‘s comeback has been a hit.

It’s not dominating our culture the way it once did, but it’s making a splash in a big way, no doubt paving the way for this latest effort.

Some would say that bringing back The Hills without Lauren Conrad is like bringing back Jersey Shore without Snooki. And they’re not wrong.

But while people will surely miss Lauren, who is too busy being a mom to relive her reality television days, producing a reality series has fewer expenses than traditional television.

If there’s any entertainment value that these famously entertaining disasters can offer, this new series could run for a while.

GO HOME, 2007, YOU’RE DRUNK by Free Britney

Look, I don’t blame MTV for wanting to revive The Hills, nor can I blame the cast members for wanting to jump on board.

There’s very little risk, and what the hell else are they gonna do, come up with fresh ideas, or get real jobs, respectively?

With all due respect to the lovely Whitney Port (above) and company, obviously not. They don’t exactly have a lot going on.

Availability and opportunity doesn’t mean there’s enough nostalgia or new, capitvating material for this to stick, though.

The Hills dates back to when Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were tabloid mainstays and reality TV was a novel concept.

In other words, it was a long ass time ago, and the show was more noteworthy in pioneering a genre than anything else.

A dramatized, quasi-scripted series about a real, likable person (Lauren) and her telegenic friends, frenemies and enemies (Speidi)?

That was something new and different.

Endlessly dramatic and fascinating, and just real enough to be relatable on some level, it became a pop culture staple.  

Looking back, it’s no surprise that this became a hit, or that it spawned hundreds of shows following that same basic formula. 

But therein lies the issue:

What made The Hills groundbreaking TV has essentially become ALL TV, and too many other shows (Jersey Shore included) do it better.

A lot of the time, Hills episodes were like watching paint dry. Its chief protagonist had enough and bailed. Even Speidi’s act got old.

No one has thought about The Hills or its stars in years. Years. After this initial buzz dies out, that will be the case once more.

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Justin-Bobby Brescia: I’m Glad Lauren Conrad Won’t Harsh Our Vibe on The Hills Reboot!

Everything that’s old is new again, and the The Hills reboot is really happening.

But Lauren Conrad won’t be taking part in The Hills: New Beginnings, which leads some fans to wonder what it will be like.

Justin-Bobby Brescia does think that it will be different — but he says that it will be better without her. Take a look.

Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth aren’t returning for the The Hills revival.

And when TMZ asked Justin-Bobby Brescia, he definitely did not sound bothered by their absence.

“It’s a good cast,” Brescia affirmed.

He then threw some definite shade in Lauren’s direction.

“We’ve got all the good people left,” Brescia says. 

Wow. That is indirect, but massively harsh.

“It’s gonna be good,” Brescia affirms “Everybody’s happy.”

He explains where he believes that the good cheer originates.

“There are good vibes,” he says of the cast.

He says that if there wrong people were present, they could ruin the experience and the reboot for everyone involved.

“When you’ve got s–tty people running around,” Brescia declares. “It creates this ambiance you don’t need.”

In other words, he’s saying that toxic people would make for a toxic environment.

It’s only been a little over a year since Lauren Conrad welcomed her first child.

She is busy being a new mother.

As it happens, she is also worth something in the range of $ 25 million.

Some of her erstwhile costars might need that paycheck enough that they’re happy to hire a sitter (looking at you, Heidi and Spencer Pratt), but if she wants to devote these years to motherhood, she can afford to.

She does not need this reboot and she will not be taking part in it.

But even if Justin-Bobby Brescia is still nursing a grudge over that time she roasted him over his army boots, she’s not the only absentee on his mind.

Lo bowed out, saying that she had required “years of therapy” to recover from Laguna Beach and The Hills the first time around.

“Duh,” Brescia says in response. “You could probably see that from a mile away when she first filmed, right?”

That’s not exactly a charitable way to phrase it, but he explains why he’s not exactly weeping in her absence.

“[She was] never a fan of mine,” he says. “So…”

That sounds harsh, and it is, but we can understand why he’s not beside himself.

Old feuds die hard, folks. Which is great news when you’re talking about bringing back a classic reality series that helped transform the television landscape.

Now, don’t let all of this talk about the ambiance of the show’s revival fool you.

They’re not actually filming yet.

But Justin-Bobby Brescia says: “Everybody’s chatting. Everybody’s smiling.”

He summarizes: “Everybody’s having a good time.”

That is good to hear. In the mean time,w e imagine that the show is making some final decisions — including their rumored negotiations with Brody Jenner to invite his participation.

Here is what we know so far about who is coming back:

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The Hills Reboot: Who’s In? Who’s Out?

We suppose it was only a matter of time before TV moguls started taking a cue from their counterparts in the film world and began recycling old projects for new audiences.

It started with your favorite 3-camera 90s sitcoms, and now the reboot trend has expanded to reality TV.

And it should come as no surprise that MTV is leading the pack, as no one at that network has had a new idea since the Clinton years.

First, it was Jersey Shore, and now The Hills is coming back for a brand new season pointlessly subtitled New Beginnings.

And just like their East Coast equivalents, it seems not everyone from the SoCal squad is ready to step in front of a camera again.

Here's what we know so far about the returning cast …

1. LC See Ya Later

Lc aka lauren conrad
The first question on the minds of most fans is whether or not Lauren Conrad will be returning to one of the two shows that made her famous. (Lauren was also a Laguna Beach OG.)

2. Dilemma

Lauren conrad curls
It’s hard to imagine The Hills without LC, but it’s also hard to imagine Lauren — the rare reality star who actually found post-show success — involving herself in the drama that made the show a success.

3. Bowing Out

Lc lauren conrad style
Those who know Lauren best say they’re not surprised the businesswoman and new mom has decided not to participate in the reboot.

4. Moving On

Lauren conrad cosmo picture
“She’s in a different place in her life,” a source tells People magazine. “But she wants everyone to enjoy themselves. She wishes everyone the best.

5. New Priorities

A lovely lauren conrad
“She loves being a mother and focusing on her family and on her work,” the source adds. “She has a very full and happy life.”

6. No Need For MTV

Lauren conrad and william tell are cute
The news doesn’t come as much of a shock. Lauren stepped away from The Hills in the show’s final season, and in the years since, she’s become one of those Jessica Simpson types who makes more money selling handbags and crap than she ever did on TV.

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Justin Bobby is Happy Lauren Conrad & Kristin Cavallari Absent From ‘The Hills’ Reboot

Justin “Bobby” Brescia is thrilled to be working with a smaller cast on “The Hills” reboot … ‘cause he says Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari killed the good vibes on the original MTV series. We got Justin in NYC Monday leaving the Four…

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Justin Bobby is Happy Lauren Conrad & Kristin Cavallari Absent From ‘The Hills’ Reboot

Justin “Bobby” Brescia is thrilled to be working with a smaller cast on “The Hills” reboot … ‘cause he says Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari killed the good vibes on the original MTV series. We got Justin in NYC Monday leaving the Four…

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The Hills Reboot: It’s Really Happening! Watch the Teaser!

Are you ready for a new beginning

MTV surely is.

And the network is hoping viewers feel the same way.

On Sunday night, not long after Spencer Pratt and company came together on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards for a reunion photo, MTV made the announcement many had been waiting to hear for months:

THE HILLS IS COMING BACK!

As you can see above, Spencer and Heidi Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Justin Bobby, Stephanie Pratt and Frankie Delgado all showed up for the annual awards ceremony, causing some fans to think this mere red carpet gathering would be the only reunion they'd see for awhile.

But they were sorely (and awesomely?) mistaken.

Midway through the VMAs, MTV ran the promo featured here.

It teased a revival of the former reality series that will apparently be titled The Hills: New Beginnings.

And why not, we guess, right?!?

Last Man Standing is coming back this fall. So is Murphy Brown.

Netflix has found success with Fuller House and MTV itself has found enormous success with Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

According to a network press release, this new version of The Hill will reunite original cast members, alongside their kids, friends and returning favorites, while following their personal and professional lives while living in Los Angeles.

It is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

In the first preview for the program, footage of Los Angeles plays as Stephanie is heard saying, “It’s like we’re all growing up. It’s weird.”

That's not really weird. That's sort of just how life works.

But Heidi and Spencer have a son now and that is really weird!

Only one question now remains: Will Lauren Conrad appear on the reboot?

It doesn't sound that way.

"I don’t think I would do another show that involved my family,” Conrad told HuffPost earlier this year, adding:

“I spent a lot of years on a show focused on my personal life, so I don’t think I’d do it again."

Oh well. We're still all in on a The Hills reboot. How about you?!?

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