E! plans to be less “trashy,” but first: four more Kardashian shows

The NBC Universal executive who transformed USA Network and SyFy will now make over the E! network, but first, she wants up to four more series following the Kardashian and Jenner families. Keeping Up With the Kardashians has already spawned three series.

“”E! needs to be and really wants to be the pulse of popular culture. We’ll eventually get rid of the more Playboy trashy element, and elevate E! to a fun, exciting and aspirational network,” Bonnie Hammer said in a Hollywood Reporter profile. She’s the chair of NBC Universal’s cable entertainment, and she also said, “The most important thing for E! to move forward is credibility, with immediacy being a close second.”

That’s awesome–except she wants “two, three, even four new Kardashian [spinoffs].” She said that the Kardashian brand “will have its own life expectancy, and we’ll just go along with it and help hone what’s right for E! and what’s not right for E! as we develop a whole other world.” Hammer also said that Kim Kardashian’s failed, brief marriage “was not a stunt. In no way did people believe that this was going to happen.”

Three years ago, I asked the family if they had any plans to ever go away (from television), and threatened to do reality TV “forever.” Clearly, E! is going to enable them for as long as they can bring in viewers, advertisers, and cash.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.