Despite Lauren Conrad's exit, The Hills are alive with the music network.
MTV has announced that the hit reality series will be moving forward, even though its original narrator has already made her departure. New episodes will resume in the fall.
Newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt return, as well as Brody Jenner, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth and Justin Bobby. Audrina Patridge, who recently landed her own reality-show deal with Mark Burnett Productions, will also be back for ample eye-rolling.
Perhaps even more notable is the reemergence of Laguna Beach starlet Kristin Cavallari.
Multiple sources confirm to E! News that her appearance at the Speidi wedding was, as speculated, no accident, and the finale will kick off her arrival on The Hills. We're told the show will play up some drama relating to her former romance with Jenner from 2004 to 2006 (Conrad dated him after they split).
When asked, Cavallari said she couldn't talk about the coming season. A show rep could not confirm any of the L.C. replacement rumors circulating.
It's worth noting, however, that this would not be the 22-year-old blond bombshell's first time taking over for the other blond bombshell. She took the narrating reins from Conrad in the Laguna Beach days after L.C. left for college. Additionally, Jenner isn't the only love interest they've shared. The two battled for Stephen Colletti's attention throughout high school.
A statement from the network also promises "fresh faces, new stories and shocking surprises."
The current season comes to a close on May 31, climaxing with Pratt and Montag's vow swap.
(Originally published April 28, 2009, at 11:25 a.m. PT)