Was the joke on us for six seasons straight? Was The Hills all about documenting the “real” lives of several West Hollywood twentysomethings or a scripted distortion of reality the entire time? Are we better off now after the show gave Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt to the world? We might have the answers to all of these questions (and more) this summer, as The Hills star Lauren Conrad announced Tuesday she will appear in an upcoming retrospective TV special commemorating the reality show’s 10th anniversary.
The 30-year old TV personality tweeted her excitement about the project, writing: “Today is the 10th anniversary of The Hills! I am excited to announce that @MTV will premiere an anniversary special with me on Tuesday 8/2!”
According to the network, the program has a working title of The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now and will be executive produced by Jason Sands, producer of The Hills during its original run. Per MTV, the special stars Conrad as she “takes us back to revisit MTV’s cultural phenomenon in celebration of the show’s 10-year anniversary,” sifting “through the clutter to address some of the show’s best-kept secrets and reveal what it was really like living her pivotal years on camera.” Conrad will also answer burning fan questions during the one-off episode, which MTV says still sees the reality-star-turned-“cultural icon” unafraid to “tell it like it is.”
“I am so excited to be returning home to MTV to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Hills,” Conrad told MTV News. “Viewers watched me grow up and experience milestones on Laguna Beach and The Hills — and now they will get a firsthand look at my life today. I can’t wait for you to see the special on Aug. 2!”
Since airing its final episode in 2010, the series spawned several spinoffs starring Hills cast members, including Whitney Port’s New York-set The City on MTV and Audrina Patidge’s short-lived, eponymous reality show, which aired in 2011 for one season on VH1.
Conrad, who won four Teen Choice Awards for The Hills, has published several books since the end of the show, including the novel L.A. Candy and the home entertainment how-to guide Lauren Conrad Celebrate. She’s also appeared on multiple reality shows over the years, namely America’s Next Top Model, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Punk’d, and Fashion Police.
The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now (working title) will air Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.