Khloe raises a glass to keep Kar­dashian TV brand strong

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - TV - By David Bauder

Say what you want about the Kar­dashi­ans, they know how to take care of the fam­ily busi­ness.

De­spite a tu­mul­tuous year, Khloe Kar­dashian re­cently de­buted her new FYI net­work talk show and is get­ting ready to film a new sea­son of “Keep­ing Up With the Kar­dashi­ans.” The new se­ries hints at what life may be like when the re­al­ity show that made the fam­ily house­hold names ends.

Kar­dashian, 31, also pro­duces E!’s makeover show “Re­venge Bod­ies” and was seek­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties when she met with vet­eran re­al­ity show pro­ducer Craig Pili­gian. He came with three ideas, one of which be­came “Kock­tails With Khloe” for FYI.

She’s al­ways prided her­self on throw­ing fun din­ner par­ties, and the se­ries at­tempts to repli­cate them. She’ll break bread with three or four guests each week, usu­ally known names from the en­ter­tain­ment world, for con­ver­sa­tion, a cou­ple of drinks and some party games. Pro­duc­ers are build­ing a small-scale ver­sion of her home, equipped with un­ob­tru­sive cam­eras.

“Do­ing the talk show wasn’t some­thing I was seek­ing to do,” she said. “But when they came along, it was such a per­fect fit, it would be silly not to take this op­por­tu­nity.”

The idea was not to make it like a tra­di­tional talk show with a band, couch and in­ter­views, Pili­gian said. (Her mother, Kris Jen­ner, had a failed talk show.) “It’s new and it’s fresh,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be re­ally Khloe, and I think it’s go­ing to shock some peo­ple.”

It’s clear who the main draw is; no one in­volved will iden­tify any guests in ad­vance. The episodes will be taped a day or two ahead of air­time.

The party games are de­signed to loosen up guests who might stiffen in the pres­ence of the cam­eras. Ex­pect things like “20 Ques­tions,” “Truth or Dare” and “Love, Marry or Kill,” a cleaned-up name for a game that re­veals what peo­ple think of oth­ers.

Booze will be a so­cial lu­bri­cant but won’t be forced upon those who don’t want it.

“If you’re invit­ing guests over for din­ner, you want them all to be able to have a con­ver­sa­tion and en­joy each other’s com­pany,” she said. “It’s the same setup. I want them all to get along.”

The idea was pitched to E! of­fi­cials, who weren’t en­thu­si­as­tic.

While the com­pany has a con­tract that pre­vents the Kar­dashi­ans from work­ing for most other net­works, it doesn’t in­clude FYI, be­cause the life­style net­work didn’t ex­ist when the con­tract was writ­ten. FYI, af­fil­i­ated with the A&E Net­works and in about two-thirds of the na­tion’s homes, launched in July 2014.

Mean­while, Khloe heads into an­other sea­son of “Keep­ing Up With the Kar­dashi­ans” with a lot of her mind. She halted her di­vorce pro­ceed­ings from for­mer NBA star La­mar Odom af­ter he nearly died from an ap­par­ent over­dose of co­caine and other drugs in a Ne­vada brothel in Oc­to­ber. While she said he’s re­cov­er­ing well, she doesn’t want to say much more about it.

“There are times you wish the cam­eras weren’t there,” she said. “But it’s hard to ask for pri­vacy when you haven’t been pri­vate for so many years.”

The talk show and “Re­venge Bod­ies” are clearly ef­forts to di­ver­sify and stay in the TV busi­ness when “Keep­ing Up” runs its course. The fam­ily’s prom­ise to each other is to keep go­ing as long as it’s fun, she said.

“We al­ways say when we’re wrap­ping (up an­other sea­son), ‘What is there left to shoot?’ ” she said. “And then, lo and be­hold, with our crazy … fam­ily there’s al­ways some­thing that hap­pens.”


Khloe Kar­dashian is host­ing a new show “Kock­tails With Khloe” that puts guests in a din­ner party at­mos­phere.

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