Last September, it was announced that the 20-year term of keeping up with the Kardashians a! would come to an end. However, a few months later, Disney announced that a new docu-series, titled The Kardashians, would air on Hulu. The family teamed up with executive producer Ben Winston and showrunner Danielle King to come up with a new series that would give audiences another side to their favorite reality stars.
” We did keeping up with the Kardashians for so long, and for so many seasons and years, and we were all ready to call it a nice round 20,” Kris Jenner said. THR presents during an FYC panel for the June 15 show. “It sounded really good. And we all agreed that it would be a good time to take a break. And the longer we were away for about a year, the more we really missed it. And when the opportunity came with Hulu – and who doesn’t love working for Disney? – it sounded so amazing and fabulous, and being part of a streaming network was really appealing. And that’s where the conversation started, and I think as we talked about it, and it seemed more and more exciting, and kind of a new chapter, I think we were all really inside.
For Khloé Kardashian, it was an exciting “new” start for the public to “see us in a whole new way.” For Kendall Jenner, who was 10 when keep the rhythm started and was therefore more private, The Kardashians was an opportunity to open up to the fans.
“Kylie and I were kind of consciously more private on the first show,” Kendall explained. “And now with this show, we were both very excited to be more open and to be more open to the show. I think that was really exciting for us, I think we’re both at a really cool place in our lives that we’re really ready to open up more about and share. … We are really ready to dive. And you’ll see it a lot more in season two, too.
Ben Winston, who counts The late show and the Friends meeting among his credits, shared a story about how he became an executive producer The Kardashians.
“I had just done the Friends meeting and Grammys, and I decided that I was going to go away for a while and that I was going to put my phone in the safe, and I promised my wife that I was going to love trying to remember names of my kids and love, meet again and put the phone in the safe,” he explained. “And my partner James Corden called her on the last day of our vacation, and she got six missed calls from James, and she said, ‘There’s something wrong, James calls me over and over because your phone is in the safe.’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God, I better call him back’ and he said, ‘You need to find a phone. Kim Kardashian wants to reach you. … I was both terrified because it’s been such a beloved show for so many years and it’s one of those things that sometimes you shouldn’t meddle in something when it’s so loved. And so I was really worried about being the company that ruined the Kardashians and, like, killed it. I just couldn’t have faced Kris Jenner. But I was also incredibly excited about it, because I was like, “What an incredible challenge.”
What came out of those conversations was a more personal docuseries. “I think maybe that was a misconception on our first show was that there were things that could have been staged or scripted,” Kendall said. “And I think we really didn’t want it to feel that way. It’s a docuseries. And I think it helps to feel more authentic in my opinion. Kardashian added that the family is very involved in the editing of the series and will give notes on certain scenes, and for her personally, she does not like to “pull stuff out”.
When asked where she draws the line to show her life while respecting boundaries, Kardashian, whose relationship with Tristan Thompson has been front and center this season, said it depends on individual family members. .
“Each person has their own limitations or what they feel like showing, and we all respect that each person can have something they’re more comfortable showing and something they don’t want to show. on camera,” she said. “And we have to respect that because it’s not just our job, but it’s also our real life. Kendall and Kylie, because they were so young when we started, I think they have more limitations, but rightly so because they’ve seen a lot of our mistakes, or they’ve seen a lot of the things that we we filmed and they’re like, ‘OK, I don’t want to put my relationship or anything like that on camera.’ The older ones, I was 22 when we started, and you do things and you don’t realize how long something is going to last or really what exactly you’re getting into. But now it’s like second nature to me. I really don’t know anything else because I’ve been doing this since I was 22.
The first three minutes of the new show begin with an incredible drone sequence that takes us through the Kardashians’ homes and offices, diving into every nook and cranny of the spaces. King, whose credits include million dollar list, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Review and secret millionaire, says she got the idea from her husband while watching sports.
“My husband was actually watching, like, a Cowboys special. I’m not a sports person, but this drone was flying all over the Cowboys stadium, and it went out the window of this car. And I was just like , ‘Oh my god, this is amazing, this is the opener of our show,'” King said. “It tells the audience right off the bat, we’re creeping through windows and backyards, and we have full access to this family. I loved what he was saying.
The Kardashian-Jenners also opened up about their biggest challenges this season, including Khloé Kardashian reflecting on reliving Thompson’s on-screen cheating scandal.
“It’s definitely not fun, but when things are so public there’s no getting around it. I mean, it’s something that I think viewers would feel disrespected or maybe [say], “It’s not a documentary series, it’s not reality, because you don’t talk about that or show that,” Kardashian said. “And the truth is, Kim was filming something else when this story came out in the media. In a way, it’s still being filmed. It’s not easy, but it’s also , I think, a form of therapy for me at the same time. I like to see how the rest of my family reacts to things. Those little things mean a lot to me.
Kendall highlighted her cucumber scene, which exploded online.
“It’s hysterical, but I love watching it back because I was like, ‘Why did I cut it like that? ‘” Kendall said. “I was literally talking to one of our bosses and I was like, ‘Can you help me? Can you teach me, what did I do wrong? How can I do better?’ I took it really seriously, but I think it’s hysterical and I honestly love it, because it couldn’t be more me. Like, I’m a noodle doing weird things.
For Kris, the challenges come from being a mother and watching her children relive their lives on screen. “When you have kids, and they have partners or spouses and, you know, baby daddies and boyfriends and when they break up with somebody, I feel like I just broke up with someone,” she said. “When they hurt, I hurt. And that makes me, you know, really, I love them so much. And I just want everyone to be happy.
“The whole family is fearless,” King said. “It’s so rare to work with people who understand like, ‘We signed up for this, and we’re going to show you and we’re going to let you in.’ And they really do.
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