A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Hills: New Beginnings, a spin-off of MTV's early reality show The Hills, contains all the relationship drama that the series is known for. Not surprisingly, it also has lots of arguing, sexy talk, drinking and drunken behavior, and bleeped cursing. All this being said, it's not the most exciting of shows, but fans of the original might be curious enough to check it out.
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What's the story?
THE HILLS: NEW BEGINNINGS, a reboot of the The Hills franchise, features 30-something-year-olds trying to reconnect and restart their lives together in Southern California. Members of the original cast, including Audrina Partridge, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Frankie Delgado, and Brody Jenner have reunited to talk about what they've been doing, the challenges they've faced over the years, and what new life paths they are taking. Joining them are friends like Spencer's estranged sister Stephanie, actress Mischa Barton, and Brandon Thomas Lee, the son of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. From negotiating different relationships to finding romance, the cast spends its time keeping up with Hollywood's social world.
Is it any good?
This predictable reality series features B-list reality stars and former celebrities supposedly trying to revitalize the old and strained connections between them. Many admit, albeit subtly, that they're trying to make entertainment career comebacks, some after well-publicized falls from grace. Meanwhile, despite starting successful businesses, getting married, and having children, few seem to have outgrown their narcissism. As a result, The Hills: New Beginnings feels like a tired extension of the old version, with some older, but not necessarily wiser, people.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how reality series are produced to create a story, versus showing exactly what's real. How is this illusion achieved? Many people know that reality shows aren't real but still watch them. Why?
What do the original cast members of The Hills have to gain by starring in New Beginnings? Is there a downside to them being on it?
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