Keeping Up with the Kardashians
|Keeping Up with the Kardashians|
|Narrated by||Cast confessionals|
|Theme music composer||Michael Study|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||89 (as of October 29, 2012) (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Eliot Goldberg
|Running time||22 minutes (2007–11)
40 minutes (2012–)
|Production company(s)||Bunim/Murray Productions
Ryan Seacrest Productions
|Picture format||4:3 480i (2007–08)
16:9 HD (2009–present)
|Original run||October 10, 2007– present|
|Related shows||Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami
Kourtney and Kim Take New York
Khloé & Lamar
Kourtney and Kim Take Miami
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (often referred to simply as The Kardashians) is an American reality television series that premiered on October 14, 2007, on E!. It follows the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family, including sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian. The series' success has led to the spin-offs Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Khloé & Lamar, and Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, (retitled Kourtney and Kim Take Miami for season 3).
Defense attorney Robert Kardashian and Kristen Mary "Kris" Houghton (now Jenner) married in 1978 and had four children together, daughters Kourtney (born 1979), Kim (born 1980), Khloé (born 1984) and son Rob (born 1987). The couple divorced in 1990. In 1994, Robert entered the media spotlight when he defended O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during a lengthy trial. Kris married former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner in 1991. Bruce and Kris had two daughters together, Kendall (born 1995) and Kylie (born 1997). Robert died in 2003 eight weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. In 2004, Kim became a personal stylist to recording artist Brandy Norwood; she eventually developed into a full-time stylist, and was a personal shopper and stylist to actress Lindsay Lohan. Khloé, Kim and Kourtney further ventured into fashion, opening a high fashion boutique D-A-S-H in Calabasas, California. Throughout Kim's early career, she involved herself in some high-profile relationships including Norwood's brother rapper Ray J and later, singer Nick Lachey. In 2006, Kourtney starred in her first reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. In February 2007, a home sex video that Kim made with Ray J years earlier was leaked.  Vivid Entertainment bought the rights for $1 million and released the film as Kim Kardashian: Superstar on February 21. Kim sued Vivid for ownership of the tape, but dropped the suit in April 2007 and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million.
In August 2007, it was announced that the Kardashians and Jenners would star in a yet-to-be-titled reality show on E!, with Ryan Seacrest serving as executive producer. Seacrest said "At the heart of the series—despite the catfights and endless sarcasm—is a family that truly loves and supports one another [...] The familiar dynamics of this family make them one Hollywood bunch that is sure to entertain." The series announcement came one week after Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie announced that their popular E! series entitled The Simple Life was ending. Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered on October 14, 2007.
On November 14, 2007 it was announced that E! renewed the show for its second season. The following year, it was renewed for a third season. Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming and series development for the network, said "viewers have embraced the Kardashian family and the series has become one of television's most-talked-about shows [...] We are fortunate to work with Seacrest and Bunim-Murray, which have an exceptional ability to capture the Kardashians' hilarious, chaotic and always entertaining personalities and family dynamics." The Hollywood Reporter reported that the family made an estimated $65 million throughout 2010.
In 2011, Kim married NBA player Kris Humphries in a highly publicized wedding ceremony, but filed for divorce 72 days later. This caused widespread backlash from the public and media. Several news outlets surmised that Kardashian's marriage to Humphries was merely a publicity stunt, to promote the Kardashian family's brand and their subsequent television ventures. A widely circulated petition asking to remove all Kardashian-related programming from the air has followed since their split. As of September 2012, seven seasons of the series have aired. On April 24, 2012, E! signed a new three-year deal with the Kardashian family that will keep the series on the air until 2015. The deal was estimated at $40 million.
In April 2009, it was announced that Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, would premiere in August, following the two as they open a second D-A-S-H store in Miami. The series premiered to 2.7 million viewers and averaged 1.89 million viewers. The second season began in June 2010 and averaged 2.717 million viewers, a 43% increase from the first season.
Kourtney and Kim Take New York premiered in January 2011, following the two as they oversee the opening of a third D-A-S-H store in SoHo. The show premiered on January 23, 2011. Khloé & Lamar premiered on April 10, 2011. The second season began on February 19, 2012, but it is no longer airing. The third season of "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami"now "Kourtney and Kim take Miami" began on January 20, 2013 and the season finale aired on April 7, 2013, which aired a teaser that confirmed the 8th season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" to air in June 2013.
|Kris Jenner||1–||Kris is the family matriarch. She and former husband Robert Kardashian have daughters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé and son Rob. She and current husband Bruce have daughters Kendall and Kylie. Kris owned the now-closed children's boutique Smooch in Calabasas.|
|Bruce Jenner||Bruce was the decathlon champion in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He married Kris in 1991, and together they have two daughters. He has four other children from two previous marriages: Burt, Casey, Brandon, and Brody.|
|Kourtney Kardashian||Kourtney is Kris and Robert's first daughter, Kim and Khloé's sister (with whom she co-owns D-A-S-H), and Kendall and Kylie's half-sister. She and boyfriend Scott have two children together, Mason and Penelope.|
|Kim Kardashian||Kim is Kris and Robert's second daughter, Kourtney and Khloé's sister (with whom she co-owns D-A-S-H), and Kendall and Kylie's half-sister. In 2011, she was married to Kris Humphries before filing for divorce 72 days later. She and boyfriend Kanye West are expecting a child together.|
|Khloé Kardashian Odom||Khloé is Kris and Robert's third daughter, Kourtney and Kim's sister (with whom she co-owns D-A-S-H), Kendall and Kylie's half-sister, and Lamar's wife.|
|Rob Kardashian||Rob is Kris and Robert's only son, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé's brother, and Kendall and Kylie's half-brother.|
|Kendall Jenner||Kendall is Kris and Bruce's first daughter, Kylie's sister, and Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert's half-sister.|
|Kylie Jenner||Kylie is Kris and Bruce's youngest daughter, Kendall's sister, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Roberts's half-sister.|
|Scott Disick||Scott is Kourtney's boyfriend and Mason and Penelope's father.|
|Brandon Jenner||1–||Brandon is Bruce's son from his previous marriage with Linda Thompson. He and his wife, Leah Felder are singer/songwriters.|
|Brody Jenner||1,6-||Brody is Bruce's son from his previous marriage with Linda.|
|Malika Haqq||2–||Malika is Khloé's best friend.|
|Jonathan Cheban||3-||Jonathan is a family friend.|
|Lamar Odom||4–||Lamar is Khloé's husband. He plays as a forward for the Los Angeles Clippers.|
|Mason Disick||4–||Mason is Kourtney and Scott's first son and Penelope's big brother.|
|Penelope Disick||7–||Penelope is Kourtney and Scott's first daughter and Mason's little sister.|
|Kanye West||7–||Kanye is a rapper and Kim's boyfriend, with whom she is expecting a child.|
|Adrienne Bailon||2–4||Adrienne is a singer and Rob's ex-girlfriend.|
|Reggie Bush||2–4||Reggie is an NFL running back and Kim's ex-boyfriend.|
|Kris Humphries||6||Kris is an NBA forward and Kim's ex husband.|
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||8||October 14, 2007||December 2, 2007||October 2, 2008||January 23, 2012||November 17, 2008|
|2||11||April 9, 2008||May 26, 2008||November 10, 2009||March 26, 2012||October 15, 2009|
|3||12||April 8, 2009||May 26, 2009||August 17, 2010||May 28, 2012||October 29, 2009|
|4||11||November 8, 2009||February 21, 2010||April 6, 2010||July 30, 2012||July 7, 2010|
|5||12||August 22, 2010||December 20, 2010||N/A||September 24, 2012||November 3, 2011|
|6||16||June 12, 2011||December 19, 2011||N/A||February 11, 2013||September 21, 2012|
|7||19||May 20, 2012||October 28, 2012||N/A||June 24, 2013||March 6, 2013 |
|8||18||June 2, 2013||TBA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
The show was a hit for E! – in its first month it became the highest-rated series on Sunday nights for ages 18 to 34 and was seen by 1.3 million total viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming and series development for E!, said "The buzz surrounding the series is huge, and viewers have clearly fallen for the Kardashians [...] Seacrest and Bunim-Murray's unique ability to capture this family's one-of-a-kind dynamics and hilarious antics has made the series a fantastic addition to our prime-time lineup." The second season continued the success and was viewed by 1.6 million viewers, a 23% increase from the first season.
The fifth season averaged 3.11 million viewers. The fourth season's premiere, "The Wedding" was watched by 3.2 million viewers. The second episode of the season topped the 3.2 million of the premiere and had 4.1 million viewers. The Hollywood Reporter stated "why, despite the eye-rolls of half of America, does the other half worship at the altar of a family that unabashedly embraces, celebrates and monetizes that post-millennium cliché of being famous only for being famous?"
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