Review | The City


Air Date: Tuesday 4/27

Us Rating: ***

The Hills may be fading away, but clothing designer Whitney Port -- along with her ambitious rival, Elle editor Olivia Palermo -- is just getting the drama started in this spinoff. Season two picks up with Port furiously prepping for the debut of her line at NYC's Fashion Week. While that setup has become way too played out on reality TV, it's easy to root for the wide-eyed yet admirably low-key star -- especially when she clashes with the ultracompetitive Palermo, a mesmerizing personality who gives this show serious sizzle. As for romance, Port soon meets an impossibly handsome photographer named Zach. Is it all as manufactured as polyester shorts? Probably. Somehow, though, The City pulls you in. (MTV, 10:30 P.M.)

--John Griffiths