Could 'The Hills' Stay Alive Without Lauren Conrad?

Thehills Reality TV star Lauren Conrad announced her "retirement" from The Hills last week, but that doesn't necessarily mean the MTV moneymaker will shut down when she departs.

As first reported by my friends at latimes.com, an insider is now saying the cable network will seriously consider continuing The Hills sans Conrad. Existing cast members Audrina Patridge, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag would stay on. And assuming Brody Jenner's sad vehicle Bromance doesn't get a second season, we can probably count him in too.

L.C.'s final 10-episode season -- yes, MTV has reconsidered their branding of the next cycle of episodes as "bonus" -- will bow on March 30th.

Comments? Concerns? Can The Hills continue without Lauren Conrad? I say, of course, yes. The sex tape drama supposedly started by Spencer Pratt is the reason The Hills hit tabloid status in the first place. And his continued D-bag antics have kept the show on that level ever since. As long as he sticks around, I think The Hills will be just fine for at least one more season.

Here's a thought: L.C.'s Laguna Beach nemesis Kristin Cavallari. What's she up to these days?