Good Riddance to ‘The Hills’

“The Hills” aired its final episode last night, and it should go without saying that I’m happy that the insipid, insultingly stupid empty candy shell of a reality series about non-celebrities who became tabloid stars will never again air a new episode. However, to the show’s credit, it did end on a mildly intelligent note:

As Kristin Cavallari pulled away, off to Europe to “find” herself, pal and former flame Brody Jenner stood on an empty LA street to watch her go. It was a bittersweet, emotional moment. But then the backdrop rolled away, the cameras panned out, and we saw that Jenner was now standing on a Hollywood lot, surrounded by crews, and that Cavallari’s car was parked just a few feet away. She got out, they hugged, and that was that. [NYDN]

Don’t get me wrong: I still hate everything about the show with every thread in the fabric of my black, black soul, but I think it was decent of the show’s producers to acknowledge that, yes, they really were making a scripted show without actors and passing it off as reality television. “But the awkward silences! The awkward silences seemed so real!”

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