It is debatable whether the Kardashian-Jenner family’s short absence from reality TV has made the heart grow more, especially since their flagship E! series began to burst towards the end. But one thing is for sure: there is still plenty to keep up with the headlines they inspire.
When it was announced that the family (matriarch Kris and daughters Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kylie and Kendall) would move fish bowls – moving from E !, their TV home base since 2007, to Hulu – one had to wonder how the new iteration of their reality TV series would revive our curiosity with the once marginally famous family who have become titans of pop culture.
Premiere on April 14, with new episodes released every Thursday, “The Kardashians” quickly reminds viewers how much the family’s status has changed since their unpolished TV debut, with a production style that matches. The opening moments of the premiere feature sweeping drone footage swinging in and out of each family member’s location (expansive homes, smart offices) as they prepare to visit Kim’s home for a “BBQ” (aka a served lunch of burgers, chicken fingers) , French fries, macaroni and cheese in friction dishes). While a pregnant Kylie performs alone at the family reunion – still manages to keep a low profile – Kendall is mostly absent from the big debut because she had COVID-19 at the time.
“Boys, can you believe it’s day one [of shooting]? ” Kim asks her family.
“I know, I’m a little anxious about it,” Khloé says. “Like: What the hell – are we doing again?”
If you’re asking the same question as Khloé, we saw the first two episodes made available to the press. Here’s what stood out:
1. Clean up with the Kardashians? Yes please.
On the first day of filming, while Kim awaits her family’s arrival for “BBQ” at her home, she talks about what her priorities have been lately: studying for the bar and law school, her shapewear series Skims, and being a mom.
“For me, it’s so exciting, it’s just that side of our lives,” she says. “People can not see that I cleaned out the playroom today – something like that makes me horny, literally, to clean out my f-playroom. I’m insane. Every mom will get that.”
But there are no footage of Kim cleaning the playroom. And those of us who are also avid viewers of “Get Organized With the Home Edit” want the deep cut.
2. Deja vu sex tape
A few minutes later, the new series quickly repeats the first episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”.
Almost 15 years ago, in the season premiere of their E! the series worried Kim about having to answer questions about a sex tape from 2002 she made with then-boyfriend Ray J, who had leaked a few months before, during an upcoming appearance on “The Tyra Banks Show.” When Kourtney mock interviews Kim and asks why she made the tape, Kim playfully, albeit honestly, replies, “Because I was horny and I wanted to.”
Fast forward to today (well, last fall) when Kim’s son, Saint, approaches her with his tablet. While playing a Roblox game, an animated image of her famous crying face appeared in a pop-up ad. When Kim looks at it, he finds out that it advertises alleged unseen footage from the sex tape.
While trying to pack for her upcoming “Saturday Night Live” host appearance, Kim gathered in her closet with mom, Kris, and sisters Khloé and Kourtney, while telephoning with her team, including attorney Marty Singer, to find out , how she should handle it. the case.
“I want to sue for nominal compensation. The message is more important than dollars at this point,” Kim told Singer over the phone. “I do not want it to be copied. I have four children. I can not go through this again. It was like 20 years ago. I’m not going through this again. I know the real lawyers this time. I know exactly what to do this time … I have all the time, all the money and all the resources to burn them all down to earth. “
“Didn’t we deal with this in the first season of ‘Keeping Up …’?” says Khloé as Kim talks on the phone. “This is a good omen, you guys … talking about your sex tape in the first season. I feel like we’re back to day one.”
3. Ebb and flow of Kim and Kanye’s relationship
The series arrives after a tumultuous stretch of headlines involving the dynamics between Kim and Kanye West, who have legally changed their name to Ye. Kim filed for divorce last year after nearly seven years of marriage. (The divorce was finalized in March.) In recent weeks, West has expressed his dissatisfaction with his ex-wife’s new relationship with “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson. Last month, West made headlines when he released a music video for his song “Eazy,” which featured scenes of him kidnapping and beheading a claymation lookalike by Davidson. The video captions read: “God saved me from that crash, just so I could hit Pete Davidson’s ass.”
In the first two episodes of “The Kardashians,” Kim and Kanye are on good terms. (Although West does not appear in the first two episodes, he is mentioned and communicates with Kim over the phone.) With her “Saturday Night Live” assignments on the horizon, Kim considers it might be fun if Kanye was the musical guest to promote his new album, but then thinks, “Do I want my own moment?”
“Kanye and I are still going through a divorce now,” she says in a confession interview. “We’re just trying to figure it out – how to be good parents to our children together, how to be good friends to each other. Ultimate goal, no matter what, is just happiness and following it, no matter what it looks like … it’s my first time [hosting ‘SNL’] and I want this to be about me, not ‘How will they react to each other?’ ”
In the end, Kim does it on her own while still seeking Kanye’s input. While Kim is working on her “SNL” monologue, West puts her in touch with friend Dave Chappelle, who also connects Kim with comedian Michelle Wolf. (Kim asks for help from others, including Amy Schumer.)
“Kanye is in New York to support me, but we have also set some serious limits,” she says. “Kanye and I live in separate hotels. I’ve been very clear with him about where we stand in our relationship – just super drama-free is the mood this week.”
4. Pete Davidson
The trailer for the new series teases the evolving relationship between Kim and Davidson, but the episodes made available to the press do not dive much into the couple. The first mention of Davidson comes halfway through the first episode before the romance was in the air. Kim says she ran into him at last fall’s Met Gala and expressed her anxiety about hosting “SNL,” to which he offered her some assurance: “Can you read cue cards? You’re good,” she recalled. she that he said.
5. Kourtney and Travis
Kourtney may have grown tired of living her life in front of the cameras on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” but she seems to be putting the work into the new series. Her romance with Travis Barker – especially the smart moments – is fully displayed, just as it has been on their respective social media accounts in the time since their relationship began last year. At one point, during a viewing of a potential future home together, Kourtney Travis squats on a patio sofa while the real estate agent awkwardly tries to distance himself from the situation.
“I’m actually grateful that my kids can see a loving, loving relationship because they’ve not seen it all their lives,” Kourtney says of their penchant for PDAs.
Aside from their alfresco love, the couple will share their IVF process while trying to have a baby. Kourtney talks about her frustrations with the medication she has been taking: “Every single person on social media is always like ‘Kourtney is pregnant’, ‘Kourtney is pregnant’, ‘Kourtney has gained so much weight’. And I think it’s so rude to comment on people when you have no idea what they’re actually going through. ” Meanwhile, Travis’ elaborate, secret plan to propose to Kourtney along the Santa Barbara coast will have plenty of airtime – which seems like a distant reminder of this week’s news that the couple visited a Las Vegas wedding chapel in a sort of rehearsal ceremony. There is no wedding license.)
6. Khloé and Tristan
The couple, who are dating again, are on friendly terms when the season opens – though Thompson expresses his hopes of repairing their romantic relationship. In an exchange between the two in Thompson’s home, he acknowledges that he needs to work on regaining her trust. (In December, Thompson became the father of a child with another woman.)
And those are just two episodes! We can at least expect the story to move faster than it did in the final days of “Keeping Up.”