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The folks over at MTV are geniuses. I finally tuned into the reality show “The Hills.” Why is this show addictive? Everything feels so hokey (hokey is the lamest word ever but it really fits). For example, last week our girl Heidi who seems secretly evil or maybe just not that smart (I never saw the other seasons so I’m not sure) is upset that her new fiance Spencer makes big decisions without her. Are you addicted yet? I’ll continue with the suspenseful tale.

One of his latest romantic surprises is a tacky graffiti Hollywood mural on their apartment wall. But the 20-year-old blond Heidi won’t be pushed around any longer. Spencer walks into their apartment to find Heidi, with a paint roller in her hand, covering up the mural. Does anyone really believe that Heidi would paint the wall herself without seeking the assistance of a professional painter? At the very least, wouldn’t one of the MTV staffers do it for her?

Then to conclude this staged scene, Spencer takes the roller and finishes painting the wall himself to demonstrate that he now understands relationships are about compromise. Some production assistant at MTV must have thought this up. It all sounds pretty ridiculous and a bit like actually watching paint dry. So why is “The Hills” so entertaining? If you can explain it to me, I would love to know.

While on the subject of shows I hate to love, “Scott Baio is 45 and Single” is finally over. Chachi is engaged (at least for now) with a pregnant bride-to-be. That show was painful but there was something so compelling about watching the former teen star agonize over his commitment phobia. Plus, I love that Scott Baio has had the same haircut since the early 80’s. He may have trouble committing to one woman but he can go the distance with a hairstyle. Oh god (a.k.a. VH1), please let him do another season.

mama bird notes:
There’s really no way to smoothly transition from bad TV to toxic plastics but here I go. I’ve done some more research on bisphenol A, a potentially toxic chemical found in many brands of plastic baby bottles and sippy cups. Here is a great link that clearly lists safe and potentially unsafe bottles and sippy cups. Click on the link and scroll down to the bottom right hand side.

9 Responses to why am i hooked on the hills?

  • Abby says:

    I am sorry to report that as I read your blog entry I am watching The Hills Aftershow. You would think that working with teenagers every day would repel me from this show but NO…I feel pathetic. Why no dissing on JustinBobby??? What an ultimate tool (another bad word that still works)!!! Can’t stand that guy!!!

  • Alecia Kintner says:

    I tried going to your link on the sippy cups etc and couldn't get it to open… what's the address? thanks….

  • Jordana Bales says:

    That is so funny! I've never watched it either and for some reason caught it this season and started watching and also became addicted (I may even check out the earlier seasons on DVD!). BTW, does this mean that your reality tv aversion is officially over?

  • Kimberly says:

    jordana, if you are enjoying this season, you MUST get the previous seasons on dvd.. much better in my opinion.. don't get me wrong.. i am riveted and still looking forward to monday nights, but found last season more entertaining (although no justin bobby). it is like a train wreck… i must say, newport beach is not bad either;) kelcey, glad you are enjoying.. a little mindless reality tv is good for you every now and again!! perhaps not to the extent that i watch it, but still:)

  • Allison says:

    I sadly/proudly admit that I have been hooked on the Hills since Laguna Beach. These shows have GOT to be scripted. Who in their right mind dumps Audrina? And who in their right mind lets their daughter date smarmy Spencer? Only in Hollywood, that's what I say. Maybe Scott Baio and Audrina should get together- they both have commitment issues, so maybe it would work out. Ha ha.

  • Diana says:

    Oh, that Justin Bobby!!! And did Spencer buy Heidi's engagement ring at the mall? I hang my head in shame every time I watch these shows… but alas, I still watch! At least we're not alone. 😉

  • Lauren says:

    My weakness is the Real World/Road Rules challenges. After many years of loyal watching, I've outgrown the Real World series, but the challenges are totally addictive.

    On a side note: I meant to tell you that I saw Alexis Bledel (aka. Rory Gilmore) at a Park Slope restaurant a few weeks ago.

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