After 14 years and 20 seasons,
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
came to an finish in 2021. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Kardashian family is out of the news wheel. But while we may have felt that we were done watching their exploits, the Kardashian-Jenner clan clearly isn’t done keeping cameras out of their personal lives. In fact, they might just be craving
attention — something Hulu is happy to requite them.
On March fourteen, 2022, Hulu dropped a trailer, which revealed the Kardashians’ imminent return to our screens. Starting April 14, 2022, nosotros’ll supposedly see a “whole new” side of the family — a family unit that feels they’ve taken then much time off from the reality Goggle box spotlight. In reality? While filming may have stopped a while agone,
Keeping Up’s finale aired on June twenty, 2021. It hasn’t even been a full year. And, given the family’s perpetual presence in tabloids and entertainment news, all of this begs the question: do we actually miss the Kardashians?
Is it too soon to welcome them back to our TV screens? Practise nosotros 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’due south Apr xiv debut, we’re delving into these questions and more.
Should We Stop “Keeping Upward” with the Kardashian-Jenner Family?
On October 14, 2007, the Kardashian family debuted their reality TV show,
Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In its offset calendar month on air,
was a huge hitting for Due east! with approximately 1.3 million viewers tuning in to the show. While information technology’s debatable whether
was scripted or not, Hulu’s hope to show us a “whole new” side of the family makes us wonder if it’ll actually exist raw, unedited reality TV (if such a affair fifty-fifty exists these days).
The Kardashians, the bear witness marks a pivot from the family members’ desires to keep the cameras out of their personal lives and pursue other ventures. But cameras or non, the extended Kardashian family can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, from Kim Kardashian’s very public — perhaps
public — split from Kanye West to Kylie Jenner having her second kid with on-again-off-once again boyfriend Travis Scott.
As asked earlier, are we ready for more Kardashians in TV form, though? There’s definitely a divide among fans. Some viewers will watch the drama unfold no matter what, while others but felt pressured to continue watching
because of the long-term investment they’d made. Still, no matter where y’all fall on that divide, there’south no denying that even though amusement news seems to orbit the Kardashian-Jenner family, fans aren’t experiencing the same level of access they’d grown accepted 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-rima oris opinions and audio-bites and offensive actions make for good reality TV, but at what price? Take Kim and Kanye’s divorce, for example: Kanye has been articulate about living with bipolar disorder and, while the diagnosis certainly doesn’t excuse his calumniating behavior, information technology’due south clear that the abiding coverage and media attention is feeding into the couple’s very public breakup — and how Kanye is reacting to it.
It’southward difficult to have the personal become public, but it’s fifty-fifty more than challenging when mental disease enters the equation. In a civilization obsessed with celebrity news, we’re often doing a disservice to all the people involved past turning these very serious issues into entertainment. So, in that way, mayhap nosotros
be done keeping up with the Kardashians — even if we miss the show.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
left behind quite the legacy; it non only came to ascertain a whole genre of reality TV, but it reshaped our very concept of celebrity. And function of that legacy is the wild amount of access we had equally viewers — scripted or not — to their personal, day-to-day lives.
It’south difficult to untangle the very concept of “influencers”, for example, from the style the Kardashians (particularly Kim and Kylie) have grown businesses, gained fans, amassed more than wealth, and, generally, inserted themselves into the chat time and again. Allowing a deeper level of access personalized the fans’ relationships with the family and its dynamics in a then-new way. By (literally) airing their dirty laundry, the Kardashians made fans and hate-watchers feel like they really knew them.
That doesn’t sound similar a novel idea at present, but, a decade ago, information technology was groundbreaking in its ain manner. (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, yet, information technology might not sound every bit jarring, given the rise of child stars on social media and streaming platforms, like Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch.
So, why accept the Kardashians decided to come back?
certainly made them who they are today, both in terms of wealth and fame. Only maybe they just crave the cameras because they
to be seen. High-profile trials and former Olympians aside, the Kardashians are kind of famous for… being famous. It’due south now a bit of a “chicken or the egg?” situation — can you fifty-fifty really be a Kardashian/Jenner, or the kind of celebrity the family members are, if you don’t have the cameras on you?
To stay relevant, the Kardashians need our well-nigh-constant attention. And they really want to stay relevant. That’s kind of their whole thing, at the terminate of the day. The cameras are now an extended (and maybe essential) part of the Kardashian-Jenner family considering being relevant helps them sell their latest cosmetic line or misguided liquor venture.
If the Kardashians went out of vogue, a dip in popularity might start to undo their whole celebrity-influencer business model. Of grade, given the sheer amount of followers and money they have, it would take 1
of a dip in popularity for the Kardashians to drib off the pop culture-radar entirely.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
While Hulu promises an even juicier window into the famous family’s personal affairs, it’southward hard to know but how different things will be in comparing to
Keeping Up. Besides being more than “real”,
has positioned itself as more of a look into the family’southward latest business concern ventures — supposedly more than self-promotion than relationship drama.
Still, long-time viewers want those can-look-abroad family and relationship dynamics, too. So, peradventure the Kardashian-Jenner grandkids will take up more screen fourth dimension? (Even if they mayhap shouldn’t.) Maybe Rob Kardashian, who didn’t appear on the last few seasons of
Keeping Up, will pop up again? Will Kendall Jenner be held accountable for her offensive tequila ad?
The drama is seemingly endless. Since the end of
Keeping Up, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are Las Vegas-married and, reportedly, planning an sectional, larger nuptials reception, while Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson accept split up, come up together, and parted once again, all while raising their girl, True. And and so there’southward Kim and Pete Davidson — who has had quite the list of high-profile girlfriends every bit of late, and a cringey, too-public fight with Kanye in the wake of the Kim-Kanye divorce.
Even simply reviewing the headline highlights, it’due south such a mixed bag. Maybe some of what’s happening in their personal lives should be left on the editing room floor — simply, no affair how damaging, that’s unlikely. Whether you tune in on April fourteen or not, one thing is articulate: It seems y’all’ll e’er know simply a piddling too much nigh the Kardashians — fifty-fifty if you aren’t trying to keep up with them.