MTV is rebooting The Hills — again — but this time with an all-new cast.
The Paramount-owned network made the announcement at the MTV Upfronts presentation just yesterday (May 18) in New York City. According to a report from Deadline, the new series is set to feature an all-new cast and none of the original stars are attached to the project.
Titled The Hills: Next Gen (yes, you read that correctly), the reboot will star a brand new cast of “twentysomething friends and aspiring entrepreneurs who are coming of age in a very different L.A.” than the original. The project wishes to highlight the “realities of race, class, identity, addiction, family drama along with the thrills of romance and becoming self-made amidst the exclusive enclave of the hills in Malibu.”
While not specified in the report, this new project appears to be from original show creator Adam DiVello, who currently has his hands full with Netflix’s Selling Sunset franchise.
The original Hills series aired from 2006-2010 and showcased Lauren Conrad as she left Laguna Beach to work in fashion in LA. When MTV rebooted the series just a few years ago with The Hills: New Beginnings, Conrad opted out and hasn’t been seen on the network since. The Hills: New Beginnings was quietly cancelled back in January.
It’s certainly an interesting move to reboot The Hills, but we’re not sure this is the right way to do it. The original series was so popular due to the cast and drama — not just the production value — so simply casting a new set of friends might not be enough.
The Hills: Next Gen is expected to air on MTV sometime in 2023.