So The Hills is Sort of Scripted ... Does Anyone Care?

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An storm of controversy is brewing around The Hills.

Some sloppy editing in recent episodes, reported in several newspapers and celebrity news blogs, have raised the question of whether the show is staged.

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad

Then last week, an online exposé by star Lauren Conrad's one-time date, Gavin Beasley, sent millions Hills fans into a tizzy trying to figure it out.

MTV has always 'fessed to doing "pickup shots," staged scenes that address issues of continuity, but not storylines. But in an interview last week, Beasley divulged the high level of manipulation that goes on in The Hills.

The revelations of Gavin Beasley are perhaps the most incriminating to surface s far supporting the (fairly obvious) allegation that at least a good part of The Hills' drama is largely manufactured by MTV and its producers.

Beasley divulged some details regarding his cameo, including how producers asked him to get Conrad's phone number and told him what to ask her.

"They wanted me to ask her about the runway show, how long she had worked that day, when would she get off, stuff like that," Gavin Beasley said.

Thursday, an MTV rep responded that producers "overheard" that Gavin Beasley was "planning to ask Lauren Conrad out on a date."

And while maintaining that the show is not scripted, the spokeswoman did acknowledge the producers sometimes help guide dialogue along for clarity:

"As there are no confessionals or interviews on The Hills to put the questions in context (as there are in shows such like The Real World), producers sometimes ask the cast members to rephrase to help tell the story clearly."

Gavin Beasley had also said that producers set up a barbecue party for the gang, specifically so Brody Jenner and he could meet, thus providing the fodder for an episode that would revolve largely around Jenner growing jealous of Beasley.

MTV denied this, saying the cast organized the party.

Scripted or not, watching L.A.'s most popular layabouts bicker on The Hills has been the definition of guilty pleasure since its launch in early 2006.


You can't write someone like perpetual backstabber Heidi Montag, who made herself extremely fun to hate during the show's second season.

Montag, however, has been sidelined this season by a considerably more bland Lauren Conrad, so can you blame the producers for trying to stir the pot?

If producers are in fact helping some things along, though, why has this season gotten so boring? Sure, with former BFFs Conrad and Montag on the outs, the series has sort of split in to two so-so shows, rather than one great one.

Many believe that the producers also made the mistake of promoting Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge to being Conrad's chief sidekicks. Unfortunately for them, both are more venting boards for Conrad than anything else.

But, it must be said, thank heavens for Audrina Patridge's love interest, Justin Brescia (a.k.a. Justin-Bobby) and his Taoist sayings.

On relationships: "We can either kick rocks and be acquaintances ... or let truth and time tell all." Well put, Justin-Bobby / Justin Brescia. Well put.

Still, some suggestions producers for the future...

  1. As long as you're manufacturing things, let's not give the girls space. In the first episode of they year, Conrad and Montag got into a screaming match at the club LAX. That and their run-in at Ketchup ruled. More!
  2. Acknowledge The Hills' popularity on the show. Follow them to the clubs. Watch them address the press. Crash photo shoots of Conrad and Montag. And for heaven's sake, get in on Heidi Montag's and Spencer Pratt's schemes and publicity strategy sessions - you know they have them.
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Yes, it's true. Brody Jenner admitted it on the aftershow of the last Hills. You can look it up on YouTube, and find out many other members of the casts spitting out the truth of some of the scripted scenes. However, you have to admit, any show that makes you rush to the television by 10:00 every tuesday, is pretty well produced, scripted or not. After the shock of all The Hills fans, I'm sure it will still be greatly appreciated after it's years of airing. Thanks to all The Hills cast, you made of my life a little bit more interesting at the end of the day!

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I love the Hills, but it's so obvious that it's scripted...maybe some, maybe all of it. I mean, who has conversations the way they do??? Lauren is leaving and Kristin is coming. At Heidi's wedding, Audrina looked nervous when she walked in....did she know she'd be all over Justin??? LA is a BIG city, it's funny how they run into each other...Lauren/Jason, Heidi/Spencer at Ketchup..lol
And so on, and so on....but, I still LOVE watching it. Who cares if it's fake. If its real, I kinda feel sorry for some of them ;/
Lauren you're the bomb!

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it is totally scripted,all reality shows are slightly scripted, to keep your interest. however the "Hills" is a full blown soap opera, the only difference is they use there real names and aren't on a set. I heard a interview with Kristen and she practially admitted it was scripted, stating she never had any intersted in Justin-Bobby, and stated that "you notice there are never any real scenes with the shots with him" and she had no comment pertaining to him, also there was not a issue with her and Lauren Conrad.

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Well my friend, sorry to say but most of this drama is NOTHING compared to some of our lives. You think it's such a waste of time, yet you sit there long enough to watch all the episodes? Go back to your harry potter world. I find this show rather interesting, as my life is just like this show, EXCEPT much more drama.

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It's scripted my little fairies. Just think, why doesn't Audrina cry every time she gets dumped? Which happens on almost every episode. Everyone sleeps with everyone else's boyfriends. That doesn't happen in real life situations. Why do you think that is? Because it's a soap opera, and they have sucked you in. RATINGS!!!!! You stupid people.

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im so confused is it real or fake then so gutted if its fake cuz absolutely love the show and cast interviews on my dvd extras make it sound so real

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who gives a fuck about all the bs they make up

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who gives a fuck about all the bs they make up

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THE HILLS IS DUMB AND STUPID, THEY CANT ACT AND ONCE I WATCHED IT TO SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL WAS AND I ALMOST FEEL ASLEEP BECAUSE IT WAS SOOOO BORING AND THEY CANT ACT THEREFORE THAT WHOLE SHOW SUCKS.i cant wait for it to be over and for everyone to realise that this show is DUMB!

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the hills is sooo stupid and totally dumb it is scripted and annoying they all pretend it is fucking real. all of the actors are fake and ugly. i absolutly HATE the hills and they all suck at acting and i wish all of them would die thats how much i hate the FUCKING HILLS

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