OK, I haven't heard any complaints lately that there aren't enough Kardashian shows on TV. Still, more are on the way -- starting with Khloe's dinner-party show on Wednesdays, then following with a view of her late father's involvement with the O.J. Simpson case. Here's the story I sent to papers:
By Mike Hughes
PASADENA -- The fates have
decided we just don't see enough Kardashians on TV.
Now that will be
rectified ... often. For instance:
-- Khloe Kardashian
launches her own show Wednesday. “Kocktails with Khloe” will, she
said, be like “the kind of fun dinner parties that I tend to have
at my house all the time. People seem to just let their hair down and
have a few drinks. And we play a ton of games.”
-- Robert Kardashian
(her dad, who died in 2003, at 59) is a key figure in a mini-series
about the trial of his friend, O.J. Simpson. “Robert (was) the
heart and the conscience of the whole thing,” said David Schwimmer,
who plays him. “He's the only person, of the key players, who had
nothing to gain.”
-- And Caitlyn
Jenner – formerly married to Khloe's mom, Kris Kardashian Jenner –
is shooting the second season of the “I Am Cait” reality show.
“You are going to see a lot more of the Kardashians' and Cait's
ever-changing relationship,” said producer Andrea Metz.
That's in addition
to the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” cascade. “The success
of the show is unbelievable,” Caitlyn Jenner said. “I mean, they
are going – I don't know – past 450 episodes.”
Not quite, but
there's a lot. One source (imdb.com) lists 161 “Keeping Up”
episodes, 60 episodes of spin-offs and 30 of Kris Jenner's talk show.
And now “Kocktails” is here.
“It will be very
current, very fresh and feel very real and very authentic,”
producer Craig Pilgrim said. “Khloe has a very natural way of
making someone feel incredibly comfortable right away.”
Each week will have
three or four guests, Khloe said, in a studio that replicates her
home. There will be games, drinks and conversation, ranging from
serious issues to pop culture.
“I love the speed
of pop culture ... how one day we're infatuated with one thing and
the next we forget that what we were so into it,” she said.
mini-series depicts a moment when she discovered the effects of fame.
Two years after his divorce, Robert Kardashian, a prosperous
businessman, was taking his four kids to a restaurant. A receptionist
got excited and gave them immediate seating. He had been on TV often
during the early days of the case, with Simpson staying at his home;
now he was on the “dream team” of lawyers.
“Robert was not a
criminal-defense lawyer, he was a business lawyer,” Schwimmer said.
“He was really only on the defense team to, in a way, babysit O.J.
and be there for counsel.”
Here was one friend
Simpson could count on, producer Scott Alexander said. “Kardashian
was such a wonderful character, in terms of his conflicts (and)
trying to be loyal.”
Only four or five of
the 400-some scenes include the Kardashian kids, producer-director
Ryan Murphy said. Still, there's perhaps TV's oddest line of dialog
referring to a future pop-culture star: “Please don't shoot
yourself in Kimmy's room.” And there's Kardashian warning his kids
that “fame is fleeting.”
Actually, it isn't.
There's been almost a decade of fame for Kourtney, Kim and Khloe
Kardashian (ages 36, 35 and 31), their brother Rob (28) and their
half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner (20 and 18), plus their
parents. Kris Kardashian Jenner had her talk show; now Khloe tries an
“It's like a
little dinner party .... I want the conversations to be really raw
and gritty and honest and natural,” she said. “So it's still
going to be proper, naughty and risque. That's why we're doing it for
late-night, because that's more me.”
-- “Kocktails With
Khloe,” 10 p.m. Wednesdays, FYI (formerly Biography Channel);
opener, Jan. 20, reruns at 11:01 p.m. and at 1 and 2 a.m.
-- “Keepiing Up
With the Kardashians” has new episodes at 9 p.m. Sundays on E, plus
plety of reruns: 8 a.m. to noon and 8-10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 20);
8-11 a.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Friday; 11
a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and most of 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
-- “American Crime
Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” a 10-week miniseries, debuts
Feb. 2 on FX.
-- Also: “I Am
Cait” starts its second season March 6 on E; “O.J.: Made in
America,” a five-part documetnary mini-series, debuts in June on