'Hills' Audrina Partridge inks deal for her own Burnett-produced series
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/18/2009
Audrina Patridge is teaming up with Mark Burnett for her own reality series.
The Hills star will leave the MTV reality series following its upcoming fifth season to instead star in her own new reality series after inking a deal with the Survivor producer's production company, The Hollywood Reporterreported Wednesday.
The new series, which will follow Patridge in her personal and professional life, will be pitched to networks starting next week, according to The Reporter.
"We are truly pleased to have the chance to work with Audrina," Burnett told The Reporter. "She has already proved her star quality, and we can't wait to show her fans worldwide the next stage of her life and career."
Patridge first hinted that she wanted to leave The Hills in November when she told OK! Weekly she wanted to star in her own reality series that would show her "in a different light" by appearing alongside her "true friends" who she "grew up with."
"I feel like I'm ready -- like all of us girls on [The Hills] -- to go our own ways," she told OK! at the time.
Patridge's deal with Burnett comes less than a month after Lauren Conrad claimedThe Hills fifth season would be her last.
Liz Gately, The Hills executive producer, subsequently confirmed that The Hills fifth season would be Conrad's last before executive producer Adam DiVello stated he was not sure if the show would continue beyond her departure.
The Hills 10-episode fifth season premiere March 30.
"We cannot confirm a sixth season at this time," an MTV spokesperson told The Reporter. "However, The Hills will continue as long as there are stories to tell, and as of now we don't see an end in sight."
Those "stories to tell" could come from Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who have previously stated they wouldn't mind sliding into the show's starring roles if and when Conrad left.