Spilling the Secrets of ‘The Hills’
April 23, 2009 11:55 AM
Will Lauren Conrad be back for season six of MTV’s “The Hills”? Did Spencer Pratt start those vicious sex-tape rumors? Will a third time down the aisle be the charm for Speidi?
Yes, almost, to all questions. At least that’s what the cast and creative team behind the popular reality soap opera teased at Tuesday’s PaleyFest panel at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
In attendance at the panel were show protagonist Lauren Conrad, former co-worker Whitney Port, former roommate Audrina Patridge, former paramour Brody Jenner, former high-school classmate Lauren “Lo” Bosworth and former enemy-by-blood Stephanie Pratt. Noticeably absent were former best friend Heidi Montag and current root-of-all-evil Spencer Pratt, but more on that later.
Also in attendance were executive producers Liz Gately, Sean Travis, Sara Mast and series creator Adam DiVello.
Fans and some oblivious press members were treated to some interesting nuggets from the remainder of the current season, as well as the potential for life after season five. Blink was there in a front-row seat, Tweeting the revelations as they happened.
For some spoiler-filled goodness, check out the gossip (and some raw Twitter action) after the jump.
Where were Heidi and Spencer?
“They’re preparing for a big event this weekend,” said Mr. DiVello about the pair’s absence. When moderator Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly asked if they were preparing for a wedding, Mr. DiVello added, “It’s a big gigantic event that takes the two of them to pull off … and a white dress.”
Viewers can expect to catch the “big event” on the show.
“We are preparing as well,” Mr. DiVello added.
Is there life for “The Hills” without Lauren?
Lauren reportedly has already taped her final episode this season, marking her last with the show.
“Oh, this is awkward,” Lauren said.
“We’re finishing up this season,” Ms. Gately said. “We’re really focused on that, but we’re in talks and seeing if there’s enough story with everyone to continue it.” With regard to Lauren returning, she said, “We’re hoping that if we do, Lauren will miss us so much that she’ll want to come back.”
Mr. DiVello added, “We’re continually shooting. … If the stories keep unfolding, we may go, we may not.”
Is Spencer the one behind the sex-tape rumors that drove Heidi and Lauren apart?
“We actually have it on tape that he takes responsibility and apologizes for it,” Lauren revealed. “Sorry—spoiler!” she added.
Spencer has been the source of Lauren and Heidi’s conflict, but Stephanie has specific proof of him being nice, just not on the show.
Where is Jen Bunny?
Jen Bunny fell out of Lauren’s good graces after she made attempts to hook up with then-love interest Brody. Going back, Lauren saw the footage and realized Spencer did heavy meddling to create conflict, including having Jen call Lauren to talk about hooking up with Brody so he could tape it. Jen, however, is doing well now and studying to become a brain surgeon. Not kidding!
How did Lauren and Brody meet?
Brody revealed that he met Lauren through her former “Laguna Beach” co-star and rival Kristin Cavallari. According to Brody, while out one night Kristin allegedly “slapped [Lauren] upside the head.” Brody then approached Lauren about the situation, then later became closer friends through Heidi and Spencer.
Mr. DiVello said, “All the casting is organic.” All new characters and personalities who are introduced happen on their own, such as Spencer’s flirt buddy Stacy, who is a real bartender at the Dime.
Does the show ever stage conversations?
Since the show apes with cast members for only a few hours four days a week, yes. Ms. Conrad explained that cast members will often talk about what happened when the cameras were off for the sake of recapping events on film, or even wait until a camera is around to discuss certain things.