The City, Bromance debut as Hills ratings fall

A week after The Hillsfourth-season finale, MTV debuts two spin-offs: the creatively titled The City, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET and follows Whitney Port’s move to New York City, and Bromance, which debuts at 9 and is a competition to see who gets to be Brody Jenner’s new friend, because who doesn’t want that?

Their parent series didn’t do so well in its fourth season, as the entire season’s ratings were down 25 percent. Following the diminished season premiere ratings, the finale was watched by 2.6 million, a loss of 1.2 million from the third season’s finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which blames those numbers in part on the holiday week.

If her conversation with the AP is any guide, The City will be just as fake as the one that spawned it. It’s also nearly devoid of content, the interview ends with Whitney being asked if Lauren will be on the new show. She says, “I would love it. I would love to have her on. I don’t know that they’ve planned for that yet.”

Hey Whitney: You should at least try to pretend to make your show sound real. Most human beings don’t have producers plan visits from their fake friends.

Bromance and The City [MTV]
Holidays hurt ‘Hills’ as finale ratings fall [Hollywood Reporter]
Q&A: Whitney Port has a new gig in New York City [AP]

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