MTV renews a Lauren-less Hills, adds a stylist quasi-competition, other shows

MTV will bring back The Hills for a sixth season even without Lauren Conrad, who is leaving the show after its fifth season, who Heidi previously said the show doesn’t need.

The series will return in the fall, and an MTV press release says that “relationships and loyalties are tested like never before” when “Lauren has moved on, but Heidi, Audrina, Spencer, Brody, Stephanie, Lo and Justin Bobby will be back as the drama continues with fresh faces, new stories and shocking surprises.” Newly married couple Spencer and Heidi will appear, assuming they make it back from their swine flu-induced isolation in Mexico and their reality show adventures in Costa Rica.

Also returning to the network are Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Nitro Circus, Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew, and Run’s House.

MTV has greenlit several new reality series, including Gone Too Far, DJ AM’s intervention series, and The Buried Life, on which four men “set out with a list of 100 dreams” and “for every goal they achieve on their list, they help a stranger do something on theirs.” Also coming up: Two idiotic-sounding shows: Pranked, “the very best pranks pulled straight off the internet,” and Disaster Date, “a hidden camera show that guarantees laughs as unsuspecting daters get set up on disastrous blind dates by their friends.”

Finally, MTV will air a reality talent competition called The Stylist, apparently unaware that The CW already tried this with the crap-ass Stylista and even their sibling station VH1 aired its own version, Glam God. It’ll be produced by Bunim-Murray, who recently got into talent competitions by producing the sixth season of Project Runway, and will diverge from other shows by having no challenges or eliminations.

Instead, MTV’s version “follows a diverse group of struggling junior assistants as they toil for three glamorous, highly successful celebrity stylists,” and at the end, “one junior assistant will be signed to a stylist contract with the Margaret Maldonado agency,” the network says, claiming that “[t]he jobs are real, the stakes are real and for these young people, the prospect of success or failure is very real.”

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