MTV renews The Hills for a second season

Lauren Conrad’s Laguna Beach spin-off The Hills has been renewed.

Unlike her Laguna Beach colleague Kristin Cavallari’s post-MTV career, which ended in quick cancellation, Lauren’s spin-off has been well-received. The series “has averaged more than 2 million viewers in the network’s 12-34 demo,” Broadcasting and Cable reports, underneath the easy Sound of Music joke headline (“The Hills Are Alive”).

The first season ends Wednesday night, and the show will return sometime in 2007, according to TV Week, which says “[t]he next season will follow Conrad and her friends as they move on with their lives.” Um, move on from what, exactly? Their internships with attention-hungry magazines, or their four-days-a-week work schedule?

The Hills Are Alive on MTV [Broadcasting and Cable]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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