(Photo by Jeff Lipsky, from MTV)
After the jump is MTV's release about the show's fourth season beginning Aug. 18, a highlights special on Aug. 16 and various other platforms for the show. Very, very extensive platforming.
MTV viewers will soon find out life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before as “The Hills” returns on Monday, August 18th at 10pm ET/PT. Lauren, Audrina, Heidi and Whitney are forced to make big decisions that will set the course for the rest of their lives with 20 new episodes.
From the demise of Lauren and Heidi’s friendship to Spencer’s marriage proposal, MTV will highlight the most impactful and entertaining moments of the series and catch viewers up on the whole story during “Drama in The Hills: US Weekly Presents the Top 10 Most Memorable Moments Ever” on Saturday, August 16th at 1pm ET/PT. The breakups, make-ups, betrayals, career moves and missteps are all woven together by insightful, humorous, and often opposing commentary from the cast, celebrities, bloggers and more.
If you're not one of the lucky few who can party with the girls, don't worry. All fans can visit MTV's popular virtual world “Virtual Hills” by going to www.virtualhills.mtv.com. With viewers spending an average of 30 minutes in-world per visit, hanging out with the cast and showcasing new fashions in tandem with the return of Season 4, it'll surely make you feel like an insider. In addition, users will have the chance to show off their own style and design expertise to the entire virtual world, as well as to the stars of “The Hills” themselves!
Fans can friend Lauren, Whitney, Audrina, Heidi and other cast members of “The Hills” by going to IAmOnMTV.com (www.IAmOnMTV.com), an innovative new social networking community from MTV that gives audiences the chance to connect directly and interact with the cast of many of MTV’s most popular franchises including “Making the Band 4”, “A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila”, "The Real World XX", "The Real World/Road Rules Challenges" and "From G's To Gent's". Users can have conversations with the cast, leave fan videos, respond to blogs and leave comments with their favorite MTV personalities. The cast of “The Hills” has 50,000 fans as the site continues MTV’s commitment to connect viewers more intimately to the MTV star’s they love as well as each other. The site has collectively garnered more than 3 million total unique visitors and 60 million page views since the site launched in October 2007.
Show enthusiasts can further delve into the fun with “The Hills After Show,” an interactive talk show streamed exclusively on MTV.com. Each week, Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy are joined in-studio by special guests to discuss, debate and sometimes mock the things that just happened on “The Hills” while aficionados add their opinions and observations to the conversation by webcam. In addition, http://www.hills.mtv.com will feature full episodes, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, bios as well as a dedicated blog to “The Hills” where fans can dish on the latest news and check out exclusive interviews and photos. With over 800,000 unique visitors a week and more than 50 million streams viewed through MTV’s new premium video player, “The Hills” consistently ranked as the top show area on MTV.com during Season 3 cycle 2.
MTV takes the mystery out of the music heard during episodes of “The Hills” by ID-ing artists and their songs in real time as they play during the show. Fans can visit MTV’s Soundtrack Guide (http://soundtrack.mtv.com) to explore more about the artist and get a list of all the songs featured in each episode.
Additionally, full episodes will be available on MTV On Demand, online through MTV's broadband syndication partners and MTV Mobile. Cast bios, episode guides, photos and weekly polls will also be available on the MTV Mobile Internet site by visiting http://m.mtv.com.