The Hills filmed four days a week for nine months; three of Lauren’s friends said no

MTV’s new docusoap reality series The Hills will air a total of 10 episodes, but for that short amount of air time, producers shot “for nine months, about four days a week,” Lauren tells TV Guide.

In an extensive interview, she also reveals that we’re not seeing her whole life, primarily because some of her closest friends didn’t want to participate in the show. “Three of my best friends are actually never seen on camera. They’re really supportive; they’re just not interested in being on TV,” she says. “It’s an understanding we have. Like, if we were filming Laguna and we were having a party and the cameras would leave at 11 o’clock, they would come after. Or they would just hang out in the area where there were no cameras.”

She also reveals that she really is living in the real world: “I haven’t gotten money from my parents in, like, two years.” Thus, if she were to lose her Teen Vogue internship, “I would have had to find another job,” she says. “They made it very clear that if I messed up and if I did something wrong, I would get fired, so there was pressure on me all the time. … I think [The Hills’ producers] would have enjoyed it if I got fired. It would have made for a better story line!”

Hills’ Angel, Lauren Conrad, Tells All! [TV Guide]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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