A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post here about ABC’s upcoming faux-“Reality” series ‘My Generation’, in which I asked, “Aren’t Reality shows fake enough already?” As part of my argument, I cited ‘The Hills’ on MTV as an alleged Reality series that’s actually 100% scripted. Well, with the series finale episode, the producers of ‘The Hills’ have come right out and admitted that their whole show was staged. Isn’t it about damn time?
Listen, I’m not going to pretend that I’ve ever watched ‘The Hills’, at least no more than the random clips mercilessly mocked during ‘The Soup’. I’m sure that, by now, this is old news to anyone who actually gives a damn about the show. I doubt any of those people are reading this blog in the first place. If they were, I’m certainly not writing for them.
Anyway, at the end of last week’s series finale, socialite bimbo Kristin Cavallari said a tearful goodbye to her douchebag boyfriend, Brody Jenner. She’s decided to move to Europe for a while, or something. (Note: No, she didn’t.) As she rides off in her limo, Brody stands there sad-eyed, with the Hollywood sign in the distance behind him, watching her leave. Until… BA BAAA BAAAAAAA… Suddenly, the backdrop behind him is wheeled away, to reveal that he’s actually standing on a studio backlot as a crew of technicians stage the scene. He drops character and walks off set. Everything has been faked.
The was perhaps the biggest WTF television moment of the year, even more so than the ‘Lost’ finale.
By no stretch of the imagination do I think that this excuses the creators of this show from inflicting one of the worst television series in the history of the medium onto mankind. However, I’ve got to say, this was a pretty ballsy move on their part. I can imagine that teenage minds all across the nation were simultaneously blown when it happened. I also imagine that this development will wreak havoc with MTV’s continuing spin-off series, such as ‘The City’.
So, hats off to you, ‘Hills’ writers. With any luck, what you’ve just done will signal the end of Reality TV as we know it. Probably not, but one can always hope.