What I’ve been watching this week – June 26

Sorry for the delay in this week’s WIBWTW, but it gave me more time to watch television, which is truly the greatest gift of all.

The Hills: New Beginnings

I was a super fan of The Hills and all associated programming for a very long time. We got MTV for the first time just around the time The Hills was starting and I was hooked from the very first episode. I was a Lauren Conrad disciple. I was a convert to the braided bangs and winged eyeliner trend she brought to our televisions.

I fell off watching the show when I went away to university, and it was around the time that Lauren left the show as well.

When I heard about The Hills coming back as The Hills: New Beginnings, I was very excited. I bought the issue of Cosmopolitan with the cast on the cover as soon as I could. The show returned this week.

And the first episode was, uh, fine. It didn’t quite have the same vibe as the OG series. Now the producers have included confessionals, which were never a part of this show. I’m fine with that. I like getting everyone’s perspectives instead of just one leading voice. It’s a function of nearly every reality show at this point.

There are also two new ‘characters’ in the show, Brandon Lee and Mischa Barton. I’m interested to see what they will bring to the show in the long run.

In the first episode, it felt like it was missing the charm of the original series. A lot of the content was pretty heavy, and it wasn’t presented in the most compelling way. It’s very clear that none of these people have talked to each other in many years. It’s hard to suspend the disbelief that they’re getting together for any other reason but the show.

I wasn’t deeply impressed by this first episode, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the season will go.

Big Brother 21

Everyone’s favourite summer show that they absolutely despise at least 85% of the time is back! I didn’t dive too deep into the pre-season content, so I didn’t have a great sense about anyone going into the season. After the first episode, I find myself pretty excited about the cast.

Sure, we have our usual mactors, aspiring social media influencers, and former Bachelorette contestant’s girlfriends. But there are a bunch of folks who are going to be a lot of fun to watch. My favourite so far is Isabella, and I hope I won’t revisit this in a few months and be severely disappointed.

Vanderpump Rules

Oh god I am so deep into this show. I am now solidly making my way through season 5. The show just keeps getting better and better. I love it so much!!!

Of course I’ve been watching The Bachelorette, but because of all of the Luke content I don’t feel like it deserves to be written about here. For all of my thoughts about the latest episode, check out our Bachelorette podcast.

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