Kardashian family signs 3-year deal with E! network
E! thinks there's even more to keep up with: The network confirmed Tuesday the Kardashian brood has signed a three-year deal with it.
The pact gives viewers three more seasons of the network's flagship "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," taking the show into Season 9. The deal covers the entire Kardashian litter, including those who don't boast the last name formally: Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian Odom, Rob Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner — and also extends the network first-look deals with the clan for unscripted ideas, concepts and projects.
The apple, it seems, doesn't fall too far from the money-making tree. News of the deal comes a day after Ryan Seacrest, whose production company backs "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," inked a deal with Fox to continue on as host of "American Idol." Seacrest has yet to finalize an agreement covering the three years "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will remain on the air, but likely will as part of an upcoming agreement with E!'s parent company, NBCUniversal.
It's only logical that E! would aim to keep the celebrity family on its roster. "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has produced hit spinoffs for the network, including "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" and "Khloe and Lamar," which is currently airing. The most recent season of "Keeping Up With the Kardasians" averaged more than 3 million viewers — a far cry from the less than 1 million it garnered for its premiere when it launched in 2007.
The 18-episode seventh season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" premieres May 20.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: The Kardashian sisters Khloé, left, Kourtney, mother Kris Jenner and Kim, share a laugh at Kitson on Robertson Boulevard Feb. 7, 2011. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times