MTV renews The Hills for a fourth season, which debuts in August

MTV has officially picked up The Hills for a fourth season. The show ends the second part of its third season on Monday, and there will only be three months of withdrawal to withstand, as the fourth season will debut in August.

All four main cast members of the extremely popular quasi-reality series–Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, Whitney Port, and Audrina Patridge–will return. People reports that they “are all returning to MTV in August to kick off a 19-episode, fourth season.”

An anonymous “insider” told Us Weekly, “They just started shooting. The fourth season will be about what they ended up doing this summer. Lauren and Whitney will still be working at People’s Revolution.”

People notes that Monday’s third-season finale will be preceded by a pre-show that “will feature the cast answering questions live from the red carpet and a chance for the audience to catch up on the most recent drama with a mini-marathon of the last three episodes of the season.”

The Hills Season 4 Coming in August [People]
EXCLUSIVE: The Hills Gets Renewed for a Fourth Season [Us Weekly]

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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