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Falling ratings and lackluster recent seasons aside, MTV evidently felt the positives outweighed the negatives with The Hills and its NYC spinoff The City.

Both will return for new seasons next year!

The Hills, which just aired its fifth season finale Tuesday, was itself a spinoff of the popular Laguna Beach, and a must-see among the crucial 18-34 demo.

Ratings dive-bombed with the departure of Lauren Conrad and the introduction of less appealing characters and fairly vanilla stories this season, however.

The second half of Season Five began in September with just 2.1 million viewers, a sharp decline of around 50 percent from its previous season premieres.

Get ready for new seasons of Kristin, Whitney and cohorts!

Kristin Cavallari, Conrad's former rival on Laguna Beach, took Lauren's place as the series' main protagonist, earning some praise but also much criticism.

Meanwhile, The City, starring Hills alumna Whitney Port, also got the green light for a third season after its similarly mediocre episode a few nights ago.

In its first season, it focused on Whitney, both personally and professionally. This season it tried to be a "workplace drama." Reviews are still mixed.

Can The Hills recapture the drama-crazed, bitchy, guiltily addictive magic of seasons past? Can The City decide what it wants to be?

That remains to be seen, but they'll get a shot!

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On The City season finale last night, Whitney Port put it all on the (clothing) line, while Erin Kaplan told her boss at Elle that it's gonna be her or Olivia Palermo.

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff breaks down the events on last night's episode, awarding and deducting points as we deem appropriate. Let's get to it ...

Port at Paley Fest

OMG Whitney Port looks so summery and cute, we can hardly stand it. Plus 2.

Erin is on the kill-Olivia warpath from the get-go. This could be good. Plus 3.

Kelly Cutrone on why Roxy shouldn't go to Whit's meeting: "Don't you think she should bring someone who knows what the f*%k they're doing?" Plus 16.

Olivia's handling of criticism: "I'm going to refrain from commenting." That's real professional. Minus 7, because as we said last week, she shouldn't have a job.

As Whitney panics about her presentation, dramatic music crescendos and the Bergdorf Goodman buyers roll up into the building like gangsters. Plus 5.

Whitney Port can do no wrong, even in failure.

Al Roker sighting on Today! Don't tell Spencer Pratt! Plus 3.

Olivia massively flakes, even for her, leaving Joe Zee high and dry. Minus 10, but Plus 2 because at least the Today peeps always refer to him as "Joe Zee."

MTV totally changed its absurd promo for Jersey Shore to hype up the hottest, tannest, craziest housemates instead of guidos! No points, it's just hilarious.

Whitney's presentation kind of bombs, but we're giving it a Plus 25 for the following reasons: 1. She handled it gracefully. 2. She didn't get preferential treatment, and shouldn't. 3. Kelly's stuck by her and wants to help launch a full line!

After Olivia's royal f*%k up, Erin has it out with her and Joe, telling her boss it's either her or Olivia. Right before the credits roll, Joe picks ... no one! A whole season of a boring, repetitive story line and no resolution! Wow, MTV. Minus 36.

TOTAL: +3. SEASON TOTAL: +5. While we'll always love Whitney, The City failed to deliver a classic (or any) confrontation to salvage the Olivia-Erin "drama."

Thus, the episode and season barely end in positive territory. Not a total waste, but should there even be a Season 3? If so, will it decide what it wants to be?

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On The City last night, Whitney Port moved forward with her fashion line, no thanks to Roxy Olin, while useless Olivia Palermo flaked out yet again over at Elle.

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff breaks down the events on last night's episode, awarding and deducting points as we deem appropriate. Let's get to it ...

Kelly Cutrone to Roxy, on the models she picked for Whitney's look book shoot: "The theme is fairy tale tea party, not gothic nightmare." Snap! Plus 3.

Instead of Creative Director, Joe Zee's job at Elle should be Pusher of Erin Kaplan's Buttons, because it seems like that's all he typically does. Minus 2.

Erin tells Olivia Palermo that she should stress a little more. Plus 3, because let's face it, she's right. Moron simply doesn't care about doing a good job.

Thanks to a stunt in which champagne is sprayed on everyone, Roxy does her best to sabotage her BFF's photo shoot. Who saw that coming? Minus 4.

How do Olivia Palermo and Roxy Olin still have jobs?!

Rox makes up for it by starting a cute food fight with Whitney afterward. Plus 5, because it's hard to totally dislike Roxy Olin, even if she's a terrible worker.

Olivia screws up Erin's TV shoot, again seemingly out of laziness. Here's what we don't get about this show. In this economy, and particularly in a cutthroat publishing environment, how has she not gotten fired like 14 times already? Minus 8.

Whitney's fashion photos come out looking awesome! Plus 6. Also, an additional Plus 3 for Kelly not beating around the bush when it comes to the work that Whitney Port needs to do to become a successful designer. She's like a real boss!

This is pretty much the same complaint we just made about Olivia, but we feel it bears repeating. Kelly confides in Whitney about Roxy, saying she doesn't know what to do about her ... as if she can't FIRE HER AT ANY GIVEN INSTANT. Minus 11.

TOTAL: -5. SEASON TOTAL: +2. The City didn't do a lot for us this week. Girls flaking out at jobs they were given solely because they're on an MTV reality show and clearly don't deserve in the first place is getting old. We heart Whitney, though.

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On The City this week, Whitney went on a blind date, Roxy's expectations of her new guy are not met, and Olivia impresses at a Brooklyn Decker photo shoot.

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff breaks down the events on last night's episode of The Hills spinoff, awarding and deducting points as we deem appropriate ...

A Brooklyn Decker Bikini Photo

Roxy Olin imparts sage advice: Never leave food on the counter. Plus 1.

Whitney Port is going on a "full-on blind date." How can it truly be a blind date if he has to sign a waiver beforehand? She knows exactly who it is. Minus 2.

Blind date Patrick on his job description: "Basically I convince people to buy expensive clothes." Plus 4 for honesty, but Minus 2 for lame fashion acronyms.

Roxy and Zac seem like they could be a cute couple. For now. Plus 3.

Patrick encourages Whitney to "join forces" on the bill. We were getting a douche vibe, and this confirmed it. Why not just ask MTV to cover it, Pat? Minus 6.

Olivia Palermo and Erin Kaplan's task for this week involves Brooklyn Decker pictures in Elle. Plus 5, because Brooklyn rules, and so does her husband A-Rodd.

Roxy to Whitney: "You have to come. I need you as my wing man." Poor Whitney. Always a wing man, never the It Girl. Not even on her own show. Minus 3.

Erin goes off on Olivia to Joe Zee about Olivia "expecting her hand to be held." It's almost as if she's calling out the network for giving Olivia the job. Plus 5.

Zac, despite being billed as "Roxy's date," rolls up in the club with a pack of hot girls. Kind of a d!ck move, but Minus 2 for Roxy unjustly berating him for it.

Plus 1 for the blatant Cobra Starship plug. 21st Century payola? Plus 2 more for the guy defending Olivia as "a babe" when Erin complains about her.

Roxy and Whitney annoyingly go on and on and on about their boring boy problems, but like last week, Kelly Cutrone berates their "quilting circle," so Even.

Man, Erin is gonna straight up murder Olivia soon. You can practically see the steam spilling out of her ears. Plus 2, because at least it'll be televised.

TOTAL: +8. SEASON TOTAL: +7. Annoying at times, but at least Kelly calls out Roxy and Whitney, and we can't wait to watch Erin absolutely snap.

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Whitney Port appeared on the hit reality show The Hills, which followed a group of young women battling it out on the cut-throat career ladder in L.A.

Or at least it originally did, before it became about desperate girls fighting over loser Justin-Bobby. Anyway, Whitney later went on to star in The City.

Jay and Whit

Her spinoff has become compulsive viewing for fashionistas across the globe – and for many, it's the new guilty pleasure, even more than The Hills.

Below are excerpts from Whitney's Q&A with You magazine (UK) ...

Q: We watched you fall for and break up with Aussie musician Jay Lyon on The City. It can’t be much fun living out a relationship on camera.

Whitney Port: The most embarrassing moment of my TV career came when I found out from a friend that my boyfriend was cheating on me. Whoever you are and however it happens, that is a humbling, horrible moment, but when cameras are on you, waiting for your reaction, you just feel pathetic and totally naive. And you wonder, did the producers know he was cheating? It gets very difficult to know who to trust.

Q: Who do you trust?

Whitney Port: I trust my gut feeling and my oldest friends. Producers are a different matter – you never know when they are trying to get a rise out of you.

Q: Could you be the new Carrie Bradshaw?

Whitney Port: I love Sex and the City, but I’m more of a Charlotte! However much MTV would love it, I am not going to go on a different date every night.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

Whitney Port: Ryan Gosling. I don’t really have a type, but I have a big crush on him.

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On The City this week, Roxy Olin and Whitney Port went on a work trip to Miami, while Olivia and Erin traveled there as well for Elle. What an amazing coincidence!

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff members break down events on the new episode of The Hills spinoff, awarding and deducting points as we deem appropriate ...

A Port and a Pal

Plus 9 out of the gate for Kelly Cutrone b!tch slapping (figuratively) Roxy Olin in a meeting. "Why are you talking?!" HA. Kelly's the most real person on the show.

First obvious music tie-in of the night: "Fashion" by Lady Gaga. Poor. Minus 2.

Whitney seems (at least mostly) focused on work, while Roxy just wants to par-tay. Only Plus 2, though, because there's no way Roxy should even have a job.

Whit's pal Nick meets her out, only to leave with Roxy while Whitney's in the bathroom. Minus 3, because that's typical Roxy, and for the sad look on WP's face.

Erin, as usual, is looking to catch Olivia f*%king up. Plus 2, because so are we.

We thought it was a joke, but MTV just advertised a new show called Jersey Shore. The voiceover: "MTV is taking you inside a shore house like you've never seen, full of the hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos." Yes, Guidos. Ones who "keep their hair high, their muscles juiced, and their fists pumping." LOL. Plus 12.

Back to the program. Whitney and Roxy argue about last night unprofessionally at Mara Hoffman's show. Minus 7 (slightly redeemed by Kelly's profane tirade at them).

Whitney Port holds her own with the fashion designers at least. We think. Plus 5.

No Freddie Fackelmayer this week, it appears. Mixed feelings on that topic. Even.

Brooklyn Decker hosted an after-party they went to? They should have made the entire episode out of that. Minus 3 because of the generic filler chosen to air instead.

Back in NYC, Kelly berates Roxy and Whitney: 1. For their lack of professionalism; 2. For Roxy's comment that she isn't nice enough; 3. For their high room service bill: "You owe me $100. Next time go to Taco Bell." BURN! Plus 8.

Olivia on working as a team with Erin: "I... I... I'd really much like that." Minus 7 for being a terrible liar. Who can't even pretend to take the high road for once?

TOTAL: +16. SEASON TOTAL: +9. The best episode so far pulls The City into positive territory for the first time this season. Seriously, someone had to call Roxy out, and at least the Erin-Olivia feud seems to be building toward an epic meltdown.

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This week on The City, the gang headed to the Hamptons for some fun in the sun. Unfortunately, Freddie Fackelmayer was there, but that create some good drama.

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff breaks down all the events of the latest episode of The Hills spinoff, awarding and deducting points as many points we see fit ...

Gorgeous Whitney Port

Whitney Port and Roxy Olin stripping down to bikinis in the middle of Central Park, acting like there's no one around? Really? Eh, we'll buy it, and like it! Plus 4.

Safe to say Freddie Fackelmeyer didn't become less of a tool since last week's episode. Minus 2 for his hilariously fake tennis banter and attempt to look casual.

Erin Kaplan and Olivia Palermo are doing a feature on bloggers. Sure, they're fashion-oriented, not celebrity gossip-oriented, but nice industry shout-out! Plus 3.

Whitney, Roxy and Samantha Swetra roll to the Hamptons as "Good Girls Go Bad" plays. They talk about ... good girls going bad. Plus 3 for the Cobra Starship and Leighton Meester song, but Minus 3 for obviousness, so Even.

Olivia interviews some celebrity fashion bloggers and - here's a shocker - Erin doesn't think she does a good enough job. Seriously, the same plot every week? Minus 5.

Freddie Fackelmayer gets jealous when his 19-year-old brother Harry kind of flirts with Whitney. Lame, but we'll buy it, because Harry is much better looking. Plus 2.

Harry "lets it slip" (i.e. rats out) that Freddie has a girlfriend! Gasp, is it true? WTF! It's like The Bachelorette: Manhattan Blue-Blood Yuppie Family Edition. Minus 4.

Wow, Eric Zee finally lays the smackdown on Olivia! Plus 8.

Whitney: "Harry told me you have a girlfriend." Freddie: [pause] "But ... I don't know." Compelling response, you douche. Minus 3, but Plus 6 for Roxy chiming in, almost as an aside, that Harry was cock-blocking his older bro.

Another eye-rolling music tie-in: Beyonce's "Ego." Minus 1.

TOTAL: +8. SEASON TOTAL: -7. The City has picked up its game in recent weeks. We hate to admit it, but sometimes you need a complete putz like F-squared to stir up trouble. Sorta like The Bachelorette and Wes Hayden.

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Seriously, MTV? This is the best you can do?

We realize The City is as scripted as The Hills, and you need to dig up a nice fake boyfriend for Whitney Port to date and pretend to make things interesting.

Laughably obvious as this strategy is, it at least makes sense to a certain degree. Deciding on Freddie Fackelmayer as the guy to fill the role? Not so much!

First, as N.Y. Magazine puts it, the commercial real estate broker has glaringly white bleached caps that "elevate his fake tan to Oompa Loompa proportions."

LOL, because that's not even that big of a stretch.

Clad in baby blue and pink, he is "a modern-day Nantucket-dwelling Poseidon who just body surfed from New England to Manhattan on a wave of hair gel."

It's hard to even take Freddie Fackelmayer seriously.

One could overlook these superficial flaws if Freddie Fackelmayer made up for them by being at all interesting. But he may be the most boring individual ever.

Moreover, he elevated his second-date awkwardness on this week's The City by bringing along his father, Fridolin (?!) to dinner with Whit without telling her.

Always a winning strategy, right girls?

Even though it's her own fault for agreeing to fake-date Freddie, we still felt bad for Whitney Port after the snobby dad patronized the living $h!t out of her.

No wonder they already broke up.

Maybe we're way off base, but somehow we doubt it. We need your opinion, ladies: Is Freddie Fackelmayer at all appealing, or as big a tool as we think?

Tell us: Would YOU hit it?

 

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This week on The City, Whitney Port went on another date with Freddie Fackelmayer, while Jay Lyon also wanted to know the status of their relationship.

Below, THG staff members pick apart the latest episode of the Whitney-centric Hills spinoff, awarding and deducting points as we see fit throughout ...

Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad Photo

In the opening moments, we learn that Whit basically booty-called Jay Lyon while he was back in town, then quit him for good. Hence the title. Plus 8.

Kelly says how she started her own company to promote things she believes in. Wow, now our interns are even less motivated to write this. Minus 2.

Olivia Palermo actually interacts with Roxy and Whitney this week! Amazing. It's almost as if she has a reason for being on the show. Almost. Plus 4.

Freddie Fackelmayer invites his father, Fridolin, out to dinner with Whitney. Minus 2 for Fred's faux pas, and Minus 1 more because Fridolin was so awk.

It takes Roxy Olin 12 seconds to realize Olivia is bad at her job and painful in general. She's perceptive, but Minus 1 because we still had to tolerate Olivia.

This is off-topic, but Roxy was on Brothers & Sisters this week and wasn't terrible. The fact that her parents are both on that show helps, but still, Plus 5.

Could MTV have set Whitney up with a lamer guy? Dude fake tans, bleaches his teeth, spends way too lonf on his hair and is not even interesting! Minus 10.

Samantha Swetra and Whitney debate if a dude can be a socialite. We don't know the answer, but if so, Whitney's fake boyfriend is so the epitome. Plus 2.

How long until Erin Kaplan goes postal on Olivia? Plus only 2, because they're dragging it out and she's too passive-aggressive, not aggressive-aggressive.

We never thought we'd say it, but we missed Jay Lyon. He's not without fault, but at least the guy has personality. Too bad this was just a cameo. Minus 3.

TOTAL: +2. SEASON TOTAL: -15. Scores were boosted by Olivia's integration into the rest of the show and the remergence of Jay and romantic tension.

It's got a long way to go, but positive steps, City. Positive steps.

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Last night on The City, Whitney Port decided it was time she started dating again. MTV apparently agreed and dug up some guy named Freddie Fackelmayer.

Below, our staffers review the latest episode of The Hills spinoff and quote-unquote workplace drama, awarding and deducting as many points as we see fit ...

Whitney and Samantha Swetra compare designer shoes to boroughs of New York City. Even Gossip Girl wouldn't try to fabricate those stereotypes, but Plus 4.

At Elle, Joe Zee totally loves Olivia Palermo. Erin Kaplan totally doesn't! This not only feels contrived, we've been over it about 375 times by now. Minus 5.

Roxy Olin hangs out with a guy named Zac and expresses that she's jealous of Whitney and her life. Refreshing honesty, and use of a bra as a top. Plus 3.

Whitney decides she's going to date again. Enter Harry Fackelmayer, Sam's cute friend, who totally has a hot older brother! What are the odds? Minus 2.

Whitney agrees to meet up with Freddie Fackelmeyer at a barbecue. One that happens to be held at the apartment of Adam Senn and Whit's ex, Jay Lyon (who's out of town). How downright Kristin Cavallari of Whitney Port to show. Plus 7.

Kelly Cutrone tells Whitney to pee on the wall of the apartment to mark her territory. Plus 5, because that's funny stuff to hear from your boss, although we would have preferred if she instructed Whitney to top shelf the bathroom.

Adam Senn is a moron, but no longer really on the show, so just Minus 1.

Speaking of people who need to get kicked off the show, when will MTV pull the plug on Olivia Palermo? She has no redeeming qualities, her life is boring and has nothing to do with Whitney. Break out the pink slip already! Minus 24.

Putting aside the fact that his name is Freddie Fackelmayer, this Freddie Fackelmayer seems like a fairly large douche. La dee freakin' da, he works on Wall Street, wears preppy clothes and talks about surfing. Are we supposed to care? Minus 17.

Throw in another Minus 10 for the fake tan. In the Northeast.

But Plus 16 because we heard that they broke up before we even knew they dated, which is both hilarious and slightly comforting. Whit is redeemed. A little.

TOTAL: -24. SEASON TOTAL: -17. This week's scores are skewed by the sleep-inducing awfulness that is Olivia, but still, mediocre overall. Step up, City!

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Whitney Port and Freddie Fackelmeyer. Yes, that's really him.

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