Hills extended fourth season (its last?) is about “tying up relationships of the past”

The fourth season of The Hills returns sometime in March with some additional episodes, and based upon the trailer that aired after last night’s The City, those episodes will apparently focus on Lauren and Heidi’s reconciliation, and drama with Heidi and Spencer, who punches someone in a bar. And those episodes could signal the end of the show.

At one point, the trailer mentions cast members having “one last chance”: could this be the end of the series? Cast members said the show was renewed for a fifth season, but that may have just referred to these episodes, which MTV insists are part of the fourth season, which ended back in December.

The Los Angeles Times runs down this season’s plot lines, which won’t let actual reality get in their way. The paper notes that “Lauren’s real-life beau, actor Kyle Howard (TBS’ “My Boys”), will not be scripted in, ahem, featured, in the series” because, “according to ‘Hills’ executive producer Liz Gateley, you won’t see Howard because he’s not essential to the season’s narrative.”

That narrative, Gateley said, is a “focus on tying up relationships of the past,” and the paper asks if that “sound[s] omnious,” “[l]ike we might even possibly be heading toward a series finale?”

One added bonus of watching the trailer: Considering how little content and dialogue there is on the actual series, this is probably the majority of the extended season’s content in just over two minutes:

‘The Hills': Exclusive trailer, series returns in late March [Los Angeles Times]

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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