MTV calls faked Hills scene “a pickup shot”

Photos of The Hills producers and cast members faking a scene at LAX released Wednesday were not evidence that the series is fiction, according to MTV.

“It was a pickup shot that in no way affected the storyline,” an MTV spokesperson told the New York Post. Of course, actual unscripted shows don’t ask their casts to act, but the spokesperson suggested this was common practice: “This is no different from any other reality show.”

She said that Heidi’s “last-minute trip” actually occurred last month, the weekend of Sept. 28, and the producers “put the trip into context” by having Heidi and Spencer recreate the airport scenes last Friday.

Surprise: ‘Hills’ Faked [New York Post]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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