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]

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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