I almost want to watch The Hills

Okay, I hate to admit it, but I’ve seen a few episodes of MTV’s The Hills in the past. For the uninitiated, it’s a “reality” drama spinoff of Laguna Beach, and it follows the life of Lauren Conrad (seen in the blue). Most of the episodes I have seen are mind-numbing, with maybe five minutes of actual content in each thirty minute episode. It’s hard to believe that there’s been two entire seasons already, but it’s true.

With the third season about to start on Monday, MTV has really increased the advertising for the show. About 80% of the time when I log into Facebook, I see a banner for The Hills, with Lauren in that amazing blue swimsuit. I saw it so many times that I eventually gave up, clicked on it, and made my way to this page. Now I really want to watch the show. Yeah, I can be shallow.

A show all about four hot, young girls – is there anything not to like about it? Actually, yes. As I mentioned, the show will make you lose brain cells. There is very little in the way of substance. Not a problem, mute the television and you’re good to go. The real problem though is MTV. They air something called “The After Show” immediately following each episode. If you are unlucky enough to see it, I think you’ll agree that it is quite possibly the most painful television viewing experience ever. Seriously, I can’t stand it. Thirty minutes with two very strange MTV hosts trying to sound excited about a show that really isn’t about anything. Horrible, just horrible.

The first episode of season three airs Monday night at 10 PM EST on MTV. I might watch it, if only for Heidi, but I’ll be sure to switch the channel the moment it ends.

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MTV buys RateMyProfessors.com

Post ImageIf you’re a college or university student you have probably heard about RateMyProfessors.com. The site has been around since 1999 and now boasts almost 7 million ratings from over 6000 schools, making it pretty valuable to MTV:

RateMyProfessors will become a part of MTV Network’s mvtU.com, an online channel of job listings, philanthropy projects, campus news, music and videos for college students, as well as a campus television production company.

Unfortunately the article doesn’t mention how much the site was purchased for.

This deal could be a very good thing, so long as MTV doesn’t screw it up. The UI could be tweaked to make it a little more interesting, but I hope they don’t start changing the way it works.

Read: CNET News.com

REVIEW: Cheyenne Kimball's debut album

Post ImageI’ve been listening to Cheyenne Kimball’s debut, titled The Day Has Come, and I really like it. I guess I am a sucker for her brand of “not quite bubblegum pop” but I’m okay with that. You’ve probably heard the first single, “Hanging On”, on the radio. You might even have seen her reality TV show on MTV if you’ve been channel surfing. It seems she’s everywhere!

The album contains 13 tracks, but one of them is a short “Intro”. My favorites, aside from the first single, are “Hello Goodbye”, “Good Go Bad”, and the title track which according to Wikipedia will be her next single. There isn’t really a song on the album that I dislike – they are all fairly catchy and happy-sounding.

Cheyenne is only sixteen years old, and unlike JoJo, on some songs you can tell. There are times when she sounds much older, with a powerful voice. But there are also times when she really does sound like a sixteen year old. I don’t think this is a bad thing necessarily, but I do think it means that she has room to grow as a singer.

It’ll be interesting to see where she takes her career. I wouldn’t consider her in the same category as Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan, but you never know. There’s lots to like about Cheyenne though. She’s pretty, she has a very unique name, she seems like a natural-born performer, and best of all, she’s a podcaster! And she has a blog too, but it doesn’t appear to be updated regularly.

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Microsoft to Unveil Xbox 2 on MTV, Promote with Pepsi

You can tell E3 is getting close, the news surrounding Xbox and PS3 is heating up. The latest is an announcement from Microsoft today that they will debut the new Xbox on MTV in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe over a 24 hour period:

According to Microsoft, Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in the Lord Of The Rings Movies, will host the debut, which is called “MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed”. Microsoft’s release indicates the global broadcast will premiere Thursday, May 12, at 9:30 p.m. EDT in North America and on Friday, May 13 in other regions around the globe.

According to the dates and times released for this launch, North Americans will see the new console on May 12th, four days before what was previously thought to be the date of debut. Also speculated today is that Microsoft and Pepsi are teaming up for a huge giveaway:

The contest will use an under-the-cap registration method (much like Pepsi did before with those iTunes giveaways), and supposedly they’ll be giving away one console every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine weeks straight.

Read: WebProNews & Engadget