via press release:
E! ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON OF “KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS” PREMIERING JANUARY 2014
Big Changes Are Felt Throughout the Family This Season -- Relationships are Tested, Drama Runs High, and Laughter Flows Freely As E!'s First Family of Reality Television Faces the Future Together
Los Angeles, December 3, 2013 – E!’s most-watched series again in 2013, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” returns for an all new season starting in January, and will chronicle what is perhaps the most tumultuous and challenging period the family have faced since the show began. With recent separations, a new baby on board, kids leaving the nest and a new engagement, this is a family that is evolving through a period of tremendous change, yet remains committed to its core values and still treasures time together. Always outspoken and rarely guarded, Kris, Bruce, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall and Kylie meet life’s challenges and triumphs head on, celebrating the good in their trademark high style, and unconditionally supporting one another through the bad.
This season the family members make tough choices, share hearty laughs, and strike out on their own, yet always come back together for the family gatherings that remain the backbone of life as a Kardashian. The family openly discusses their feelings about Kris and Bruce living apart, and the three older sisters spend more time together than ever, as Kourtney and Kim make it their mission to support Khloé, who faces continuing uncertainty about the future of her marriage to Lamar Odom. Rob commits himself fully to the designer sock business and moves into his own place, while younger sister Kendall contemplates moving into a home of her own as well.
Is there drama? You bet – especially when Kris starts to feel like she's getting additional space at home, Kim decides to reclaim some of it for her new family.
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” remains appointment television, with season eight delivering 2.3 million total viewers and ranking as cable TV’s #1 original reality series on Sundays in the 9:00pm hour across key demos, including women 18-34 and women 18-49, during its run. DVR activity for season eight delivers 3.5 million total viewers, and the series more than doubles its audience in Total Viewers between live and seventh day (+104%).
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as the Executive Producer at Ryan Seacrest Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Farnaz Farjam serve as Executive Producers at Bunim/Murray. Kris Jenner also serves as an Executive Producer.
Season nine of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” premieres in January 2014.
About E! Entertainment
E! is television’s top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and E! content is available on all platforms anytime and anywhere from E! Online to social media to mobile to VOD to the latest emerging platforms. Popular programming includes E! core franchises, "E! News," "The Soup," "Chelsea Lately," "Fashion Police" and “True Hollywood Story,” as well as the network’s popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” “Married to Jonas” and “Total Divas.” Additionally, E!’s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
About Ryan Seacrest Productions
Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning television production company that produces unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and spin-off "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami," and has produced "Married to Jonas" and "The Wanted Life" for the network. RSP currently produces "Shahs of Sunset" on Bravo, "Montecito" for A&E, "How I Rock It" for Esquire, and "Superstar Showdown" for Telemundo. RSP is also producing "Mixology," a new scripted series for ABC, as well as "The Restart Project," a digital series for AOL. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution."
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (29 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray’s programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.