Open Letter to MTV — It’s Not Necessary to Reboot ‘The Hills’
A reboot of the once-salivating reality series reads as desperate for both the network and it's stars.
Following the recent 2018 VMA's, which, admittedly, I did not watch, I got wind of a potential revisiting of your popular reality series The Hills. The one that made household names (and mediocre designers) of one-time high school rivals like Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari. But I want to stop you right there and say, I'm good.
A reboot is NOT necessary. Not when the aforementioned STARS of the show have moved on far enough in their lives that they've passed on your offer. Are you forgetting that after The Hills (the follow-up to it's birth mother Laguna Beach) wrapped, virtually ALL it's cast members came forward to dime the so-called 'reality' show as FAKE? Audrina Patridge, Cavallari, and bad boy Spencer Pratt all eventually dishing about contrived story lines and scenes that were shot OVER and OVER again until they were dramatically delicious. What viewer or true fan of the original is going to buy the authenticity of a reboot?
Not to mention, I don't need to see Heidi and Spencer whining about how they spent all their profits from the show on healing crystals and bottles of Cristal for their friends. Nor do I need to hear Heidi wishing for her old face back when, barely into her 20's, she had 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day.
I don't need to hear about how Jason Wahler got his life together after tons of DUI's, arrest, and stints in rehab, or watch him pine over losing the best thing that ever happened to him, Lauren 'L.C' Conrad, because I'm sure that's where writers would take it.
I don't care that Audrina is back with playboy musician Ryan Cabrera. They're both irrelevant at this point.
I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, it just wouldn't be interesting. Now, throw Heidi onto Real Housewives of Orange County, and you'd have my attention.
Listen, I'm not going to sit here and act like I wasn't OBSESSED with both shows. I watched and believed every juicy shot. But if a reboot of The Hills is all the magic you've got left in your bag of tricks, I'm out. Here's a novel idea: Maybe try playing music videos again.