After 14 years and twenty seasons,
Keeping Upwards with the Kardashians
came to an end in 2021. Of class, that doesn’t mean the Kardashian family is out of the news wheel. Just while we may accept felt that we were done watching their exploits, the Kardashian-Jenner association clearly isn’t done keeping cameras out of their personal lives. In fact, they might only be craving
attention — something Hulu is happy to give them.
On March xiv, 2022, Hulu dropped a trailer, which revealed the Kardashians’ imminent render to our screens. Starting April fourteen, 2022, we’ll supposedly see a “whole new” side of the family — a family that feels they’ve taken so much time off from the reality Television spotlight. In reality? While filming may have stopped a while ago,
Keeping Up’s finale aired on June 20, 2021. It hasn’t fifty-fifty been a full year. And, given the family’s perpetual presence in tabloids and amusement news, all of this begs the question: do we really miss the Kardashians?
Is it as well shortly to welcome them back to our Goggle box screens? Exercise we e’er desire a reboot or resurgence? And, as interesting, why do the Kardashians want to be back on camera already? To coincide with the new show’s April 14 debut, nosotros’re delving into these questions and more.
Should We Cease “Keeping Up” with the Kardashian-Jenner Family?
On October 14, 2007, the Kardashian family debuted their reality TV prove,
Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In its outset month on air,
was a huge hit for East! with approximately ane.iii million viewers tuning in to the show. While it’south debatable whether
was scripted or not, Hulu’s hope to show u.s.a. a “whole new” side of the family makes us wonder if it’ll actually be raw, unedited reality TV (if such a thing fifty-fifty exists these days).
The Kardashians, the testify marks a pivot from the family unit members’ desires to keep the cameras out of their personal lives and pursue other ventures. But cameras or not, the extended Kardashian family can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, from Kim Kardashian’due south very public — perhaps
public — separate from Kanye Due west to Kylie Jenner having her 2d child with on-again-off-over again boyfriend Travis Scott.
Equally asked earlier, are we ready for more Kardashians in TV class, though? There’s definitely a separate amidst fans. Some viewers will watch the drama unfold no affair what, while others simply felt pressured to continue watching
because of the long-term investment they’d fabricated. Even so, no matter where you fall on that divide, there’southward no denying that fifty-fifty though entertainment news seems to orbit the Kardashian-Jenner family, fans aren’t experiencing the aforementioned level of access they’d grown accustomed to over the last decade and a half.
Of course, that might be for the better. Yes, the Kardashians and their drama and insert-foot-in-mouth opinions and sound-bites and offensive actions make for adept reality TV, but at what cost? Take Kim and Kanye’due south divorce, for case: Kanye has been clear about living with bipolar disorder and, while the diagnosis certainly doesn’t excuse his abusive behavior, it’due south clear that the constant coverage and media attention is feeding into the couple’south very public breakup — and how Kanye is reacting to it.
It’southward difficult to have the personal become public, just information technology’s even more challenging when mental illness enters the equation. In a culture obsessed with celebrity news, we’re often doing a disservice to all the people involved by turning these very serious bug into entertainment. So, in that way, maybe we
be done keeping up with the Kardashians — even if nosotros miss the show.
Keeping Upwards with the Kardashians
left behind quite the legacy; it not only came to define a whole genre of reality Boob tube, but it reshaped our very concept of celebrity. And part of that legacy is the wild amount of access we had as viewers — scripted or non — to their personal, 24-hour interval-to-day lives.
Information technology’southward difficult to untangle the very concept of “influencers”, for example, from the mode the Kardashians (particularly Kim and Kylie) have grown businesses, gained fans, amassed more wealth, and, generally, inserted themselves into the conversation time and once more. Allowing a deeper level of admission personalized the fans’ relationships with the family and its dynamics in a then-new fashion. By (literally) airing their dirty laundry, the Kardashians made fans and hate-watchers feel similar they really knew them.
That doesn’t sound like a novel thought now, merely, a decade agone, information technology was groundbreaking in its own fashion. (Once again, for better or worse.) At the time, “momager” Kris Jenner was accused of exchanging her kids’ personal lives for money and fame. That’s not untrue. Today, notwithstanding, it might non sound as jarring, given the rise of kid stars on social media and streaming platforms, like Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch.
So, why have the Kardashians decided to come back?
certainly fabricated them who they are today, both in terms of wealth and fame. But maybe they merely crave the cameras considering they
to be seen. High-contour trials and former Olympians aside, the Kardashians are kind of famous for… being famous. It’southward now a bit of a “chicken or the egg?” situation — can y’all even really be a Kardashian/Jenner, or the kind of celebrity the family unit members are, if you don’t accept the cameras on you?
To stay relevant, the Kardashians need our most-constant attention. And they actually want to stay relevant. That’southward kind of their whole thing, at the end of the day. The cameras are now an extended (and maybe essential) office of the Kardashian-Jenner family unit considering existence relevant helps them sell their latest cosmetic line or misguided liquor venture.
If the Kardashians went out of faddy, a dip in popularity might start to undo their whole celebrity-influencer concern model. Of course, given the sheer amount of followers and money they accept, it would have ane
of a dip in popularity for the Kardashians to drop off the pop culture-radar entirely.
Keeping Upward With the Kardashians
While Hulu promises an fifty-fifty juicier window into the famous family’due south personal affairs, it’s difficult to know but how different things will be in comparing to
Keeping Upwardly. Too being more “real”,
has positioned itself equally more of a expect into the family’s latest business ventures — supposedly more than self-promotion than relationship drama.
Notwithstanding, long-time viewers desire those can-look-away family and relationship dynamics, too. Then, mayhap the Kardashian-Jenner grandkids will take up more screen time? (Even if they maybe shouldn’t.) Perchance Rob Kardashian, who didn’t announced on the last few seasons of
Keeping Up, will pop up again? Will Kendall Jenner exist held accountable for her offensive tequila ad?
The drama is seemingly endless. Since the terminate of
Keeping Up, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are Las Vegas-married and, reportedly, planning an exclusive, larger hymeneals reception, while Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have split up, come together, and parted once more, all while raising their daughter, True. Then there’south Kim and Pete Davidson — who has had quite the list of loftier-profile girlfriends as of late, and a cringey, too-public fight with Kanye in the wake of the Kim-Kanye divorce.
Fifty-fifty merely reviewing the headline highlights, information technology’due south such a mixed bag. Peradventure some of what’due south happening in their personal lives should be left on the editing room floor — but, no matter how damaging, that’s unlikely. Whether you tune in on April xiv or not, one thing is clear: It seems yous’ll e’er know just a little too much well-nigh the Kardashians — even if you aren’t trying to keep up with them.