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E!’s President Discusses Keeping Up With The Kardashians Ratings: “Incredibly Fascinating Drama”

December 29, 2011 03:41 PM by Ashley Lee

Exactly why do we enjoy Keeping Up With The Kardashians: is it because we’re laughing at Kim Kardashian whenever Kris Humphries talks down to her in recent episodes of Kourtney and Kim Take New York? Or because we’re laughing with the entire family every time Kris Jenner suddenly has to pee or whenever Kourtney tries to make organic snacks look appetizing? Ratings for all their reality shows and specials have skyrocketed throughout the past year, and E! President Suzanne Kolb knows why. Read on for the secrets behind the shows we can’t stop watching, and how no online petition will be what removes them from the air!

E! President Suzanne Kolb discussed why the Kardashian family is worth keeping up with: because it’s pretty much the same as any other successful television show that centers around a family, except that scriptwriters aren’t necessary to move the plot along.

“At their core, the Kardashians are an incredibly bonded, loving, large family who live an incredibly large life, and if you actually look at the history of television, there’s a pretty large number of families with that blend resonating with viewers,” said Kolb. “This just happens to be the first reality show that does it.”

Kolb doesn’t downplay the shock factor of what happens onscreen, however. “There’s obviously been a lot of major events in the Kardashian family’s lives. It’s just an incredibly fascinating drama that’s played out. But at its core, you know that they’re going to end up around that dinner table together…I think there’s something emotionally aspirational around that family dynamic and visually aspirational about the way that family lives.”

Sure, the clan appears to be quite family-oriented, but are we watching them with adoration or ridicule in our minds? “From every piece of research I’ve seen, people aspire to be them or to befriend them.” she concluded.

And what does she have to say to the haters of the shows that E! proudly airs? “I always think it’s funny when people say they don’t like a show and then they can tell you the name of every character and every plot,” she joked. “There are other reality shows out there where you’re watching the show primarily to see really bad behavior, and with the Kardashians you’re not really watching for that. I mean, they’ve definitely made their mistakes here or there. They’ve been very open about them in the last couple of months…But you don’t watch for them to have bad behavior. You watch for sort of over-the-top situations and really a very soapy family dynamic.

When asked about the petition to remove the Kardashians from the air, Kolb responded, “We take every viewer comment seriously, but no. We did not consider not to be in business with the Kardashians.

Kolb revealed that the network is looking to incorporated scripted programming in the future, but nothing of the sort will be ready to premiere until 2013. Guess it’s another year of Kardashians ahead! Hey, this one wasn’t so bad, right?

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Topics: E! Reality TV Shows, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Khloe & Lamar, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney And Kim Take New York |

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2 Responses to “E!’s President Discusses Keeping Up With The Kardashians Ratings: “Incredibly Fascinating Drama””

  1. karen sheppeard Says:
    December 31st, 2011 at 7:48 am

    You people are trash and soooo boorish!

  2. okenesha Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    NO TALENT AT ALL SO SICK OF THIS FAMILY.

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