Sadly, with the advent of antidepressants and the rise of Disney on the Billboard charts, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee's slap fight last year may have provided the show's last unscripted punch.
Even though it's nominally a reality show, and more accurately should be called a docu-soap, "The Hills" has been showing all the signs of a struggling sitcom. Consider the evidence I've gathered.
We had been led to expect networks to roll over and play dead in the wake of the WGA strike and amid the recession -- but almost all the networks rallied in grand style for Upfronts 2008.
If they're famous, shouldn't I have heard of them? Maybe not be thoroughly familiar with their work, but as a fellow member of the "show biz community" shouldn't I have at least in passing, caught mention of their names?
How on earth my normally smart wife and her normally smart friends are obsessed with this program is beyond me.