Production on Season 2 of The Hills: New Beginnings has hit another bump in the road.
Last month The Ashley told you the MTV reality series— which was three episodes into production when filming was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic— was set to resume filming at the end of July or in early August. Now, despite the show’s production company, Evolution, taking extreme precautions and adhering to county and network guidelines, Page Six reports ViacomCBS and MTV have put an indefinite hold on production – a decision that has left cast members angry, according to an insider.
“Evolution has hired an outside consultant, an infectious disease doctor and a team that will be doing the testing – and, if need be, contact tracing – if someone was to get COVID-19,” the insider told Page Six. “They’ve been in touch with LA County Health officials on a regular basis as well.”
Reportedly, filming locations for the show were to be cleaned prior to shooting and, because the cast does their own makeup/hair and wardrobe, there would have been fewer people on set than a scripted series would require. Still, this plan will not go into effect just yet, due to MTV’s call to put an indefinite hold on production.
“The network has not told the cast why they were put on hold,” the insider said. “Evolution spent months getting ready to start filming and now MTV has gone silent on them. It’s shocking when the world is starving for new content, they won’t allow ’The Hills’ to safely return. Everyone is perplexed.”
“‘The Hills’ is a flagship staple for MTV and the cast is ready, willing and able to pick up filming again with LA County signing off on it,” the insider continued. “People are starving for content and they can do a ton of filming outside and in people’s homes without going into public spaces.”
‘The Hills’ cast members have yet to comment on the change of plans regarding the show’s production.