Today saw the launch of the first episode of “The Kardashians” on Disney’s streaming services globally, on Hulu in the US, Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ everywhere else.
One of the main advantages of this new series over the previous show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, was that the family wanted the show to be turned around much quicker, with real-time events arriving on our screens faster than before.
However, things didn’t work out like this for the first episode, which was filmed in October and shows Kim being single, Kylie being pregnant, and Kourtney dating Travis Barker. Now over six months later, Kim is dating Pete Davidson, and Kylie gave birth in February.
The new show’s executive producer Ben Winston recently explained to THR the issues they had:
“One of the things I really wanted to do was bring down that window of when things happen to when they air,”
He explained how he wanted the original to turn around footage “within a week or two or a month or two,” adding:
“it just became really difficult to do that. First from when we started filming to when it was right to launch on Hulu, there’s marketing and press involved and events like this, so that hasn’t really happened. It’s also really difficult because there’s six of them and there’s six storylines at any one time. There’s a whole process.”
The new “Kardashians” series has gone through some changes from the original E! show, with a different soundtrack, drone usage and more casual one on one interviews. Ben Winston explained:
“For us I think it was a real challenge of what we could bring to it. The last show was amazing, so even if we just made that, it would be great. But I hope that people feel the stories are more exciting now, I think the way it’s shot is exciting, the soundtrack is great — I hope we’ve brought some elevated feel to the show that will mean their fans feel like it is still the show they fell in love with, but then also on Hulu can find a whole new audience as well.”
You can find the first episode of “The Kardashians” on Hulu in the US, on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ internationally. With new episodes dropping weekly.
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