The Hills’ live third-season finale airs tonight

Tonight, The Hills airs its third season’s finale tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and will feature Lauren’s big announcement. Does it have something to do with her relationship with Brody? Will she go to Paris? Will she announce that she’s marrying Spencer? Will she demand that Heidi and Spencer be recast?

Before and after the actual episode, MTV will air a live pre-show and post-show, preceding the episode with a live red carpet and concluding with a live aftershow. And at 12:30, MTV airs the special “Lauren Looks Back,” a retrospective about Lauren’s life on reality TV.

If you need to catch up with this season, or want to place its events in context, The Detroit Free Press looks at all three seasons’ major plot points. And USA TODAY examines the five major characters and their history, “tabloid fodder,” and “popularity factors.”

The Hills [MTV]
‘The Hills’ is alive with the sound of disharmony [The Detroit Free Press]
‘Hills’ drama keeps climbing [USA TODAY]

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