The prospect of a “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spinoff series focusing on the two teen members of the reality TV clan has been discussed at E! and Ryan Seacrest Prods.
A show insider tells Variety that a spinoff is on the drawing board, although it’s unclear how quickly it might come together. Sources caution that there have been no formal negotiations with the Jenner siblings. A spokesperson for E! says there is no spinoff in the works.
But putting a bigger spotlight on the daughters of Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner is an obvious next step for E! as Kendall’s and Kylie’s celebrity and social-media following has grown by leaps and bounds during the past year.
Kendall, the new face of Estée Lauder, is currently walking major New York and Milan Fashion Week runways. Kylie, who has her own hair extension line, has over 18 million Instagram followers, not far behind her older sister’s fanbase of more than 20 million. The duo also penned the sci-fi novel “Rebels: City of Indra” last summer, and they have two clothing collections with Topshop and PacSun.
While Kendall and Kylie’s careers are booming, there’s still some question whether they can carry their own show — and questions about whether they will agree to the even-further heightened scrutiny of their lives that would come with their own spinoff series. Their father is making headlines at present as he transitions to a woman, which is also expected to be documented in an E! series in development.
The move to groom new faces is a natural evolution for the Kardashian clan, led by matriarch Kris. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” franchise is not coming to a close anytime soon — the family’s unscripted series will continue at E! for at least another three years, with this week’s news of a multiyear extension deal for more Kardashian programming at the cable net.
A report on Thursday in the New York Post that the deal was worth $100 million was said to have caused a stir at the highest levels of Comcast, parent company of E!, with a spokesperson for the cabler commenting the figure was “grossly inaccurate.”
Variety has learned the pact is worth closer to $20 million for three more seasons of the show, plus a clothing allowance of $75,000 per season in total for family members Kris, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Rob, Kendall and Kylie.
If it comes to fruition, the Jenner sisters’ show would not fall under the recent “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” deal, nor would Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey series. Those would be separate negotiations with E!
Both Kendall and Kylie recur on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which premieres its 10th season on March 15. They’ve also appeared on the flagship’s four other spinoffs “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Khloé & Lamar,” “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” and “Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons.”