The Hills

MTV will air the second half of the fifth season of The Hills this fall, the network announced.

Leading lady Lauren Conrad, however, will not appear in the new episodes. While a statement from MTV indicates that Conrad "has moved on," Tony DiSanto, a development veep for the channel, pointedly declined to confirm her exit from the show. Instead, he told TVGuide.com that shooting had not yet begun, and that any of the show's cast members could appear at any time.

Barring a surprise reappearance of Conrad, the fall season will star Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner and Lo Bosworth, as well as newlyweds Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, who are now poised to take center stage.

"[T]he stakes are higher than ever before for the two to make things work," MTV's statement said. "Viewers will find out life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before."

Ready for more Hills? Or do you want to move on too?

(Additional reporting by Gina DiNunno)