The After Show
The After Show is the blanket title for several talk shows currently or previously aired by MTV originally connected to reality series it airs such as Laguna Beach and The Hills. Essentially an extension of the channel's flagship program MTV Live, the typical After Show features two of the former MTV Live hosts, most recently Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy, discussing the program immediately preceding with input from studio audience members, callers, emailers, and webcam participants. Many stars of The Hills, such as Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, and Holly Montag have appeared in person on the show, while several others have participated in live phone or video interviews.
The most recent format of the show included a discussion of entertainment news, fashion, and pop culture. While episodes following shows like The Hills primarily presented a discussion of that particular program, episodes airing after no program in particular often discussed more varied aspects of popular culture.
The After Show's finale aired following the final episode of The Hills on July 13, 2010. This episode was a special show broadcast live from Los Angeles, and many stars from the show including Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port, Kristin Cavallari, and Brody Jenner appeared. The last in-studio episode aired a week before. Shortly after, Dan Levy stated via Twitter that The After Show team decided to end the show on a high note, effectively confirming the show's end, at least in the form in which it had been known to that point.
Because the Canadian channel now known as MTV was originally approved as a talk channel, it is required to emphasize interactive talk programming. Companion talk shows are not required for all MTV reality shows, but in the case of "reality dramas" like The Hills, the After Shows help to contextualize the series in order to fit the channel's mandate.