Keeping Up with “Keeping Up”
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 5th, 2014
When talking about the Kardashians, the media usually refers to Kim, arguably the most famous member of the cooky family. Between her leaked tapes, adorable baby, and risqué magazine covers, Kim has had constant buzz around her since 2001. Even the family’s highly viewed show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, centers more around Kim’s life than those of any of her siblings’. On the other hand, Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons draws attention away from Kim and directs it towards two of the lesser talked about sisters. This series mostly focuses on the day to day “struggles” of Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. This fall marks the beginning of the first season of the show, located in Southampton, New York.
The season premiered on November 2, and focuses on sisters Kourtney and Khloé, as they attempt to live up to their sister’s fame. The season premiere appeared to primarily lay down the groundwork for the rest of the season. Kourtney’s pregnancy was a large focal point in the first episode, and I predict that the baby will continue to be a problem throughout this season. In addition to the drama surrounding Kourtney and Scott, famous rapper French Montana is introduced as Khloé’s boyfriend.
Perhaps the most intriguing storyline was that of Scott “The Lord” Disick, Kourtney’s on-again off-again boyfriend and father of her two children. Scott tries to deal with the grief caused by the recent passing of his parents, which was heightened by his return to Southampton, his hometown. A large divide becomes apparent when fun-loving Khloé and Scott spend time away from Kourtney, who wants to stay at home with her children. The first episode of the new season set the stage for a lot of drama, but, as usual, it was not clear what was artificial and what was not.
The season premiere of Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons was the sixth most watched show that night, with almost two million viewers tuning in. Despite the large number of viewers, critics slammed the show. When reflecting on the superficial style of the program, Verne Gay of Newsday commented, “Fans.. will like [the show], while everyone else will be puzzled or repulsed.” Though it uses familiar celebrities for its main focus, there is nothing that separates the show from other reality shows on television today. The only thing that makes it stand out is the Kardashian name, but that name is not enough of a reason to watch the show. All in all, it can be summarized as a couple of shallow personalities creating useless drama in a formulaic production. Unless you are a fan of the Kardashian empire, this show is not for you.
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