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MTV Reality TV Show - The Hills
Member Name: Loubielou22
Advantages: Easy viewing
Disadvantages: Sometimes feels a bit scripted
The Hills Season 1
The Hills is a reality based drama set in Hollywood, and is a spin off from the popular MTV Series Laguna Beach with followed a group of teenagers who lived in Laguna Beach in Orange County California.
The Hills focuses upon one of Laguna Beaches main Characters (Lauren Conrad - LC) and follows her transition to living in Los Angeles.
Lauren's life in La commences with her first year at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Lauren shares an apartment with her friend Heidi Montag who hails from Colorado and who was not in the original Laguna Beach series.
The Reality series aims to follow Lauren on a daily basis and present the viewer with a documentary style view of Lauren's world
Lauren Conrad - The Central Character
Heidi Montag - Lauren's best friend from Colarado who is also enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Heidi left FIDM and landed a job at PR Firm Bolthouse. Heidi is initially portrayed as a wannabe party girl with aspirations of becoming a firm fixture on the LA Party Scene.
Audrina Partridge - Audrina hails from Yorba Linda in Orange County and harbors desires to become an actress, Audrina works as a receptionist at Quixote Studios and is a friend of Lauren and Heidi's. Audrina is portrayed as an edgier alternative to the typical LA party girl and appears to be the quieter member of the Reality Series, although this may be due to the fact that in Series 1 Audrina is not yet an established Character.
Whitney Port - Whitney was raised in Los Angeles and is introduced to the series when she commences an internship at Teen Vogue with Lauren Conrad, Whitney previously interned over the summer at Woman's Wear Daily magazine. Whitney is portrayed as committed to her career yet also an affable person and provides a good dynamic within the group.
Series 1 is an introduction to the above characters and Laurens transition to LA.
The Hills is essentially a reality show, although to what level the term Reality Show could be applied is debatable as some of the scenes do appear to be staged or a bit too coincidental.
The series is easy viewing and the backdrop of LA Sunshine, scenery and a glimpse into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the other characters workplaces helps to maintain the viewer's interest when the storyline veers towards boredom.
I think it's the dynamic between the characters that kept me watching and how they steer their way through friendships, clothes, girly spats and the arrival of male characters in the form of boyfriends. I did find myself embroiled in the mini dramas and the subsequent outcomes and the impact the characters choices had upon one -another.
The element of voyeurism combined with observing how affluent teenagers living in a gorgeous hot climate somewhere far removed from Good Old Blighty live their lives may be what initially interested me in The Hills. Or perhaps its part of being a product of the 80's and watching The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and all the other Teen movies which made me desperately wish to be a teenager living in America.
I honestly can't define what it is about The Hills that piqued my interest, but I do find that for curling up on the sofa and watching something which is essentially easy viewing The Hills hits the spot. The dynamic between the characters strikes a good and even balance with each character being different enough that a viewer could identify with at least something within one of them. And due to the nature of the series, being Reality TV or at least close to being Reality TV, there is that element of surprise that you wouldn't normally be expecting if this was a wholly manufactured Prime time American TV Show such as Dawson's Creek for example. The Hills and the Characters exercise their free will when it comes to making and breaking friendships, career choices and men.
The Hills is entertaining viewing although it may appeal more to a female audience than a male one.
The day The Hills first premiered, it followed the season 2 finale of Laguna Beach, and viewer ship stayed relatively the same between the programs. Ratings were high for MTV and one of the highest for any cable network. There was a ratings dip after the season 2 finale as viewers reacted poorly to the developing story. From then on, viewership remained relatively steady. Ratings for the premiere of season four were down 9% among the 12-to-34 demographic (2.1 million) and down 5% among total viewers (3.5 million) in comparison to the show's third season premiere. Additionally, the total season 4 average was down 25% from that of season 3. "When season 5 premiered on April 6th 2009, both back to back episodes averaged 3 million viewers, which is lower than the season 4 premiere had last year."
*****Ratings:- Source Wikipedia*****
Price: - Currently £10.98 on Amazon
Actors: Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Heidi Montag
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
Run Time: 174 minutes
EXTRAS: Deleted scenes, "MTV.com The Best of The Hills: The After Show" featurettes, "MTV Movie Awards" featurette, "The Hills: Premiere Party" featurette and cast interviews.
Summary: Engaging TV Show