Lauren Conrad's MTV reality series is officially dead -- EXCLUSIVE

Last fall, MTV announced that it was reuniting with Lauren Conrad, star of the network’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, for another reality series focused on the young star’s burgeoning fashion line. But EW has EXCLUSIVELY learned why the Conrad series has been passed on by the network. “We decided not to go ahead with the show,” says David Janollari, EVP, Head of Programming for MTV. “She did do a pilot. There were talks about whether we could somehow manage to put together a special based on that footage but that’s also a big question mark based on her interest in that and the finances. We love her! We would love her on our network!” The proposed series was not a glossy reality soap like The Hills but much more documentary style. It was also noticeably absent from MTV’s Upfront this week. Says Janollari, “It was a great attempt but it just didn’t feel like a perfect fit for us now.” (The news of Conrad’s show not moving forward was first reported by blogger Rob Owen.)

UPDATE Lauren Conrad has sent EW a statement regarding MTV’s decision:

“We sold a show to MTV, filmed it and are really proud of the final result. MTV felt the subject matter was too high brow for their audience and offered me the opportunity to change the show by incorporating more of my personal life. We agreed going into the project that this show would be an aspirational one, focusing on my career and my goals and not my personal relationships. We delivered the show that we sold and are sorry MTV didn’t feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it.”


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  • UGH

    Good.
    Now maybe she will go the way of the dinosaurs.

    • forum4women

      And the other MTV shows will follow?

      Seriously, a network showing teens using drugs and having sex has no interest in a young woman with a career.

  • huh

    Maybe MTV realized no one gives a crap.

  • brianna

    I care. i love lauren

    • ty

      what a bummer I wanted to see her new show…

    • brandy

      Me too! Maybe if she had a baby or acted more like an alcohol-obsessed cartoon sex gorilla with a fake Jersey accent, MTV would’ve been on board. Obnoxious.

  • TQB

    Pretty sad statement: MTV only cares about tawdry semi-scripted reality shows, and passes when one of their “stars” tries to make a show that’s actually about her career.

  • Nat

    Sounds to me like someone was asking for too much money… Shame. Was so looking forward to it! X x

  • tom sea

    “High Brow”? God you’re a b*tch, Lauren.

    • Tom

      And not in a good way, right???

    • Kris

      Does anyone honestly believe anything about Lauren Conrad is “high brow” she’s not her character on Family Guy. She’s a young girl milking her 15 minutes for all its worth.

  • BeBe

    Sounds like they wanted her to film a lot of her personal life for ratings and she didnt want to do that so they pulled the show.

    • ghostlight

      You really should look into solving crime. Your grasp of the obvious is stunning.

      • Kris

        LOL the only thing more obvious you could have said would have been “Looks like MTV passed on the Lauren Conrad show”

      • Carolina

        Torvic!Acabo de terminar de desrgcaar & el video se visualiza bien como 1 segundo & despues se ve todo horrible u.u’Ased con muchos cuadros de colores, no se si sea por el tipo de formato, mi reproductor no funcione o de verdad sea el archivo, por que lo raro es que el audio es Excelente.Ojale1 puedieras responderme & nuevamente muchas gracias.

    • Lynn

      Really? I didn’t get that from this article…

  • Tom

    And not in a good way, right

  • me

    Thank God. Now we will see if she actually has talent.

    • lefty

      Kohl’s carries her line and I kinda like it…

      • listerine

        I am actually wearing Lauren Conrad jeans right now. As ashamed as I was to buy them because of the name attached, in the end they’re just a piece of clothing, and I like them.

    • Jasmin

      Great interview. It was good they had you speak on your past percojts, but they didn’t talk about the busta shoot. Busta cutting his dreads is hip hop history. Good stuff still waiting on the book.

    • Vianty

      if i want to live in usa, what kind of halp I ll get? it’s great to realise that our gieoratnen is more colourfull than the past but what is the difference, really, if its to talk about what we are all the time, I dont see the purpous! we dont know what we are ’cause we were believing what was sid as today! dont make us feel strange! we are the world ! and so what? what we ve got? better than in that time?I dont believe that we ve got better than hoping that it will be better I would love to live in this time, where the colours skin have point I would love to hear about tomorow what we want what we do expect what we will get what we can hope I would love that what I was believeing when I was teenager happened today! before I get old!I would love to enjoy this time without to worry I dont want to hear about the past over and over I want to live my time! NOW!

  • laine

    I’m really disappointed MTV passed on the opportunity to show someone actually working in a career to deliver us more pregnant teens and drunken Jersey shore kids.

    Kudos to Lauren for refusing to provide the cheap drama they were looking for and attempting to show true aspirational programming.

    • Peet

      Agree.

    • Kelly

      Word.

    • Yup.

      true that.

    • lisaQ

      She should head to another network, MTV sucks!

  • Dave

    This show actually could have been interesting, and I’m not really a fan of this girl or anything (never watched The Hills). But I’m not surprised MTV passed on it. Like TQB points out, MTV only seems to care about shameless “reality” shows about people acting like morons. God forbid they actually follow people doing something productive with their lives.

    • Kris

      Lauren Conrad is doing something productive with her life? Seems to me that someone who is truly fulfilled doesn’t need to produce a show that tells people how fulfilled she is.

    • daisyj

      I agree and disagree. On the one hand, MTV just showing someone who has a job would be revolutionary at this point. But on the other hand, her “job” is to be the moderately famous figurehead/salesperson for a fashion line where the work is done by actual professionals, and the only reason she has it in the first place is because she was featured on one of the tawdry and pointless reality shows that she’s turning up her nose at now.

  • whatevs

    So there wasn’t enough sex and drugs on the show, basically.

  • Brit

    Bummer…was looking forward to it.

    • Rockbadboy

      LOVE evas hair! asnd you not gonna invite soeomne to somethin if they dont fit in, its alright to have two groups of firends. not really sur why he went in?? awkward

  • fanboy

    I love how all the posters are acting like “The Hills” was the second coming of Shakespear. MTV programming is pretty low brow to begin with, including the Hills “I can’t stand Brody, lets get a salad.” “Ok, yum, I love salad.”
    Groundbreaking.

  • bruno

    ouch. nice mtv slap in the face conrad. i appreciate her for trying to do something not so reality star tacky…but it seems like mtjerseyshorev wants all the personal crap shrill drama…
    two words: get lohan.

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