Lauren Conrad heads to Paris for the continuation of The Hills’ third season

In case the nude photos and pregnancy rumors didn’t tip you off to its return, The Hills is back on tonight. It will finish off its extended third season of eight episodes starting at 10 p.m. ET.

At the end of last season, Heidi and Spencer’s relationship was close to over (they’ve since revealed what’s happening with their relationship) and Lauren and Whitney head to Paris to work for Teen Vogue, a job we now know they will eventually leave. In addition, Lauren grapples with her relationship with Brody Jenner, and Kristin may return. Beyond that, we can expect lots of establishing shots, music, and, if we’re lucky, the occasional spoken phrase.

In its review of the third season, The New York Times calls the show a “pseudo-improvised reality series,” and that’s probably the best description possible for a show that’s so obviously staged. The Times’ Ginia Bellafante points out that “[t]he theme of ambition permeates the new season,” following the way “Heidi has emerged as a kind of feminist hero this season, climbing her way to a bigger position at the event-planning company where she orchestrates Nascar parties, and refusing to acquiesce to the demands of her fiance, Spencer, that she get herself home on time.”

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