MTV heads for ‘The Hills’ again with new se­quel se­ries

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For many view­ers, “The Hills” was one of the se­ries that made “appointmen­t tele­vi­sion” a thing.

In the days be­fore shows be­came avail­able vir­tu­ally any time a viewer wanted via apps, stream­ing sites and On De­mand, fans made sure they were in front of their sets for the pre­miere of each episode of the MTV re­al­ity se­ries spawned by “La­guna Beach: The Real Or­ange County.” It’s a new TV en­vi­ron­ment but the same faces – with some of their spouses also pre­sent – as many of the prin­ci­pals re­unite in “The Hills: New Be­gin­nings,” which MTV de­buts Mon­day, June 24.

For cer­tain “Hills” vet­er­ans, com­ing back wasn’t in the cards. Lau­ren Con­rad, whose move to Los An­ge­les to pur­sue a fash­ion-design ca­reer (which ul­ti­mately came to fruition) was at the heart of “The Hills,” let it be known early on that she wouldn’t be in­volved. Also de­clin­ing was Con­rad’s “fren­emy” Kristin Caval­lari, who that main­tained her sched­ule was too full, and there’s truth to that; be­sides run­ning her life­style brand Un­com­mon James, she’s had her own re­al­ity show in E! En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion’s “Very Caval­lari,” and she hosted the re­cent Fox re­vival of “Par­adise Ho­tel.” Also ab­sent this time is Lo Bos­worth.

How­ever, in keep­ing with the “New Be­gin­nings” idea, there are ad­di­tions to the “Hills” cast ... a par­tic­u­larly no­table one be­ing ac­tress Mis­cha Bar­ton, whose for­mer Fox drama se­ries “The O.C.” stoked gen­eral in­ter­est in Cal­i­for­nia’s Or­ange County enough for the “La­guna Beach” cre­ators and pro­duc­ers to de­velop their ini­tial show in the over­all fran­chise (which they pur­posely sub­ti­tled “The Real Or­ange County”).

Also newly on hand are sev­eral wives of “Hills” stars: Frankie Del­gado’s mate Jennifer; Ja­son Wahler’s mate Ash­ley; and Kait­lynn Carter, but with­out her hus­band Brody Jen­ner, who re­port­edly was fired from the se­ries af­ter be­ing a no-show. In­deed, there’s been “Hills”style drama even be­fore the show hits the air.

Here’s a look at what sev­eral of the re­turnees have been up to.

Au­d­rina Pa­tridge: Di­vorced from mo­tor­cy­clist and BMX dirt-bike rider Corey Bo­han, some­times ac­tress and TV host Pa­tridge has a daugh­ter by him.

Heidi Mon­tag and Spencer Pratt: Fol­low­ing a stormy romance that po­lar­ized their “Hills” co­horts on the se­ries, the cou­ple mar­ried in 2008 and have a son. They’ve also stayed “real” by ap­pear­ing on “Mar­riage Boot Camp” and Eng­land’s “Celebrity Big Brother” (twice).

Whit­ney Port: Af­ter hav­ing her own “Hills” spinoff, “The City,” Whit­ney Eve fash­ion de­vel­oper Port mar­ried one of that show’s pro­duc­ers – Tim Rosen­man – and they now have a son.

Stephanie Pratt: Spencer’s younger sis­ter wrote a mem­oir that en­com­passed trou­bled times she’s had, and she also has par­tic­i­pated in fash­ion design with a gown line.

Au­d­rina Pa­tridge

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