These days fame can be achieved through hard-earned success or fast-tracked by having your own reality TV show. The popular Armenian clan of Keeping Up with the Kardashians are of the latter ilk. With Kim as the cash cow – thanks to the “iron rule” of momager Kris Jenner – the world has become enamoured with them. Debashine Thangevelo looks at how the family, with their personal lives in such disarray, retain the “newsworthy and entertaining” status quo…
THE Kardashian matriarch, Kris Jenner, is divorcing her husband of more than two decades, Bruce Jenner.
Meanwhile, daughter Khloé Kardashian’s tumultuous marriage to basketball player Lamar Odom has reached its end.
Baby sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner have their own issues, while Kim Kardashian is hoping third time’s a charm as she prepares to marry rapper-cum-designer, Kanye West.
Of course, there is also the rumour about Kanye, who isn’t one to mince his words or shy away from controversy, sidelining his future mother-in-law where Kim as a brand is concerned.
And brother Rob Kardashian’s ever-expanding waistline conti-nues to supply the paparazzi with more fodder (pun intended).
Seriously, the Kardashians take the dysfunctional family angle to a whole new trashy-chic altitude while selling the “close-knit family” picture to those still wearing their rose-tinted shades from the first season.
We are now nine seasons into the series.
But, such is their popularity that their current situation often derails from the reality series. I’m sure Ryan Seacrest and the show’s fellow executive producers are pulling out their hair in frustration at the Kardashians’ shenanigans overshadowing their TV show – ditto for the spin-offs – time and time again.
I guess we are supposed to suspend our reality check – forget what we read on Twitter or in the rags – and wallow in the stale storyline on air.
Looking back at past seasons, the cracks in the relationships, especially Kris and Bruce’s, were evident. Khloé’s knack for wearing her heart on her sleeve and getting hurt – that’s been a constant despite the happily married façade. Well, I should say short-lived.
So what is in store for viewers this season?
A yawnsome, over-the-top (and outdated - they’ve already separated) melodramatic look at Bruce and Kris being unsure about their future, while Khloé and Lamar reach a point of no return.
I guess the biggie will be Kanye’s grand proposal at Kim’s birthday bash.
Meanwhile, Kourtney plans a family vacation to ensure she doesn’t suffer the same fate as her mother and siblings.
Come to think of it – she is the only one who has had a “stable” relationship with Scott – if one can call it that.
Ultimately, I guess the fly-on- the-wall syndrome is what keeps the series alive. After all, we have already kept up with the Kardashians… on Twitter, talk shows, magazines, blogs and gossip websites, ad nauseam. Give me a break already!
• Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs on E! (DStv channel 124) on Sundays at 9pm.