Hills producer: “it is a little fake” because “we definitely schedule out what we want to cover”

Tonight, The Hills takes a halfway point break and airs a recap (MTV’s calling it a “cram session”) of the third season’s first half. On that occasion, the show’s executive producer admits the show “is a little fake.” And if there’s anything that fascinates fans more than the drama between Lauren, Heidi, Spencer, and everyone else, it’s how real or fake the show is.

Lauren has insisted in the past that she’s a bad actor, and we know their lives are filmed only for part of each week. And the producers do selectively choose and pre-plan what will be filmed, as they did with Laguna Beach.

“I hate to say we schedule their lives, but we definitely schedule out what we want to cover,” executive producer Adam DiVello tells TV Guide. Audrina confirms that, saying, “We don’t have a set schedule. It depends on what’s going on.”

One example from this season: When Lauren and Heidi ended up at Ketchup on the same night, DiVello says that was no accident. “Lauren and Jason [Wahler] were going there, and Heidi and Spencer [Pratt] wanted to celebrate their anniversary. Ketchup was one of the spots Spencer wanted to go to, so it just sort of worked out. It wasn’t planned on our behalf, but it is a little fake,” he said.

As to something that’s very real, DiVello says that’s Heidi and Spencer’s relationship. “They’re very much in love when I see them. They’re a real couple and definitely engaged. It’s not staged for the sake of our show. If they’ve got something else going on, we’ve yet to see it,” he said.

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