In the recent annals of the New York Times Magazine, few subjects have had less of a need for publicity than Kris Jenner. Nevertheless, for the matriarch of an industry that now essentially runs LA, being in front of an additional east coast media concern blends right into a day’s work.
So what do we learn? Off the top, there’s an intriguing hint of Jenner’s next reality TV endeavor. Think boy bands, girl bands and Lance Bass yelling “That’s a wrap!” As far as the genealogy of Keeping Up with The Kardashians, much credit must still go to the Ryan Seacrest employee who sensed genre and ratings gold after mom first pitched the idea of a family-driven series:
Seacrest sent a producer to their house to shoot a short reel at a family barbecue that would help him decide if the idea had potential. “On the way home,” Seacrest explains, “the producer called and said: ‘We have a show. This is going to be amazing.’ Watch the tape, and you know, you see the craziness that is their family.'”
Coming on the heels of the
Fight Fizzle of the Century, contributor Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s article is also a vivid reminder that when it comes to wringing dollars from TV donuts, no two individuals can presently match the powers of Ms. Jenner and Mr. Mayweather.