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“We’re Really Willing to Dive In”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘The Kardashians’ Stars Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner

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“We’re Really Willing to Dive In”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘The Kardashians’ Stars Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner

Last September, it was announced that the 20-year run of Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E! would come to an end. Yet, just a few months later, Disney announced that a new docuseries, titled The Kardashians, would air on Hulu. The family partnered up with executive producer Ben Winston and showrunner Danielle King to deliver a new series that would give audiences a different side to their favorite reality stars.

“We had done Keeping Up With the Kardashians for so long, and for so many seasons and years, and we were all ready to call it a nice, round 20,” Kris Jenner told THR Presents during an FYC panel for the show on June 15. “That sounded really good. And we all agreed that it would be a good time to take a break. And the more we were off for about a year, we really missed it. And when the opportunity came around with Hulu — and who doesn’t love working for Disney? — it sounded so amazing and fabulous, and to be part of a streaming network was really attractive. And so that’s where the conversation got started, and I think that as we kept talking about it, and it sounded more and more exciting, and sort of a new chapter, I think we were all really into it.”

For Khloé Kardashian, it was an exciting “fresh” start to have the audience “see us in a whole different way.” For Kendall Jenner, who was 10 years old when Keeping Up first started and therefore was more private, The Kardashians was an opportunity to open up for the fans.

“Kylie and I kind of consciously were more private on the first show,” explained Kendall. “And now with this show, we were both really excited to be more open and be more open to the show. I think it was really exciting for us, I think we’re both at a really cool place in our lives that we’re really willing to open up on more and share. … We’re really willing to dive in. And you’ll see that a lot more on season two, too.”

Ben Winston, who counts The Late Late Show and the Friends reunion among his credits, shared a story about how he came to executive produce The Kardashians.

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“I’d just done the Friends reunion and Grammys, and I decided I was going to go away for a while and I was going to put my phone in the safe, and I promised my wife that I was gonna like try and remember what my children’s names were and like, meet her again, and put the phone in the safe,” he explained. “And my partner James Corden called her on the last day of our holiday, and she got six missed calls from James, and she was like, ‘There’s something wrong, James is calling me over and over because your phone’s in the safe.’ And I thought, ‘Oh God, I better call him back’ and he said, ‘You’ve got to get to a phone. Kim Kardashian wants to get ahold of you.’ … I was both terrified because it’s such a beloved show of so many years and it’s one of those things that sometimes, you shouldn’t meddle with something when it’s so loved. And so I was definitely concerned about being the company that ruined the Kardashians and, like, killed it. I just couldn’t have faced Kris Jenner. But I was also incredibly excited about it, because I thought, ‘What an incredible challenge.’”

What came out of those conversations was a docuseries that is more personal. “I think that was maybe a misconception on our first show, was that there were things that might have been staged or scripted,” Kendall said. “And I think we really didn’t want it to feel that way. It is a docuseries. And I think it helps feel more authentic in my opinion.” Kardashian added that the family is all very involved in the editing of the show and will give notes about certain scenes, and for her personally, she doesn’t like to “take stuff out.”

When asked where she draws the line of showing her life yet also keeping up boundaries, Kardashian, whose relationship with Tristan Thompson was front and center this season, said it’s up to the individual family members.

“Each person has their own set of boundaries or what they feel like showing, and we all respect that each person might have something that they’re more comfortable showing and something that they don’t want on camera,” she said. “And we have to respect that because this is not only our job, but it’s our real life, too. Kendall and Kylie, because they were so young when we started, I think they have more boundaries, but rightfully so because they’ve seen a lot of our mistakes, or they’ve seen a lot of things that we’ve put on camera and they’re like, ‘OK, I don’t want to put my relationship or something like that on camera.’ The older ones, I was 22 when we started, and you do things and you just don’t realize how long something’s gonna go on for or really what you’re exactly signing up for. But now it’s just like second nature to me. I don’t really know anything else because I’ve been doing this since I’ve been 22.”

The first three minutes of the new show start off with an incredible drone sequence that takes us through the homes and offices of the Kardashians, diving through every nook and cranny of the spaces. King, whose credits include Million Dollar Listing, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue and Secret Millionaire, says she got the idea from her husband while watching sports.

“My husband was actually watching, like, a special on the Cowboys. I’m not a sports person, but this drone was going through the entire Cowboys stadium, and it went through this car window. And I was just like, ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing, that’s the opening of our show,’” King said. “It tells the audience right off the bat, we’re creeping in through windows and backyards, and we have full access to this family. I loved what it said.”

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The Kardashian-Jenners also talked about their biggest challenges this season, which included Khloé Kardashian reflecting on reliving Thompson’s cheating scandal onscreen.

“That definitely isn’t fun, but when things are so public, there’s no way around it. I mean, it’s something that I feel viewers would feel slighted or maybe [say], ‘This isn’t a docuseries, it’s not reality, because you’re not talking about this or showing this,’” Kardashian said. “And the truth is, Kim was filming something else when this story came out on the media. Somehow, it’s always caught on camera. It’s not easy, but it’s also, I think, a form of therapy for me at the same time. I like to see how the rest of my family responds to things. Those little things mean a lot to me.”

Kendall pointed to her cucumber scene, which exploded online.

“It’s hysterical, but I like watching it back because I was like, ‘Why did I cut it like that?’” Kendall said. “I literally was talking to one of our chefs and I was like, ‘Can you help me? Can you teach me like, what did I do wrong? How can I do better?’ I really took it seriously, but I think it’s hysterical and I love it honestly, because it couldn’t be more me. Like, I am a noodle that does weird things.”

For Kris, the challenges come from being a mom and watching her children relive their lives onscreen. “When you have kids, and they have partners or spouses and, you know, baby daddies, and boyfriends and when they break up with somebody, I feel like I just broke up with somebody,” she said. “When they hurt, I hurt. And it gets me, you know, really, I love them so much. And I just want everybody to be happy.”

“The whole family is fearless,” said King. “It’s so rare to work with people who understand like, ‘We signed up for this, and we’re going to show you and we’re going to let you in.’ And they just genuinely do.”

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Richard Pryor’s Daughter and Others Celebrate History of Black Comedy in New Documentary

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As practically everyone knows, comedians have come under attack these days for comments that allegedly offended a few folks. Nonetheless, the new A&E two-part documentary Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution, which airs Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EST is sure to remind viewers that jokes are either insulting or self-deprecating. Naturally, one of the comedians featured in the short is the trailblazing, outspoken Richard Pryor. Rain Pryor is ecstatic about honoring her late father’s legacy. The actress, writer, and daughter of iconic comedian Richard Pryor recalled childhood memories of her father in a recent PEOPLE Every Day podcast. Rain Pryor was very frank about reconciling the darker side of her father and admitted that he used to get “ahead of whatever press there was going to be” with a no-filter approach.

“My dad was honest and open about who he was, and his demons and his addictions. We were living it, we were going through it with him, so nothing was a surprise. If he was doing drugs, it would be like, ‘I’m doing cocaine, don’t you every do it!’ I was the kid that would show up with the big ‘just say no to drugs’ signs and leaving condoms on his bed for safe sex.”

Excited about a new generation learning “historical context and meaning,” Rain added:

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“Being asked about Black comedy and its social relevance at the time, and what that means for comics today, was a chance to really celebrate who my dad. We are headed in a really strange, new and different counterculture, as opposed to when my dad was first starting out in his standup, which was part of that revolutionary political and social counterculture.”

Part 1: The Revolutionaries, is a brief history of Black comedy including the underground “party records” phenomenon (Redd Foxx recorded more than 50 such albums, and Moms Mabley was notorious as well). Richard Pryor and Paul Mooney get honorable mentions, of course. Earlier emerging pioneers include Dick Gregory and Slappy White.

Part 2: The Contemporaries reminds audiences of the criticism Eddie Murphy received for not being more political, yet he managed to move on to rock-star ascension. Black comedy clubs such as the Uptown Comedy Club in Harlem and the Comedy Act Theatre in South Central L.A. are recognized. Also mentioned are TV shows such as In Living Color and Def Comedy Jam. Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are noted for bringing social criticism back to the stage.


Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution premiers on A&E on June 29, and June 30, 2022, on A&E at 8 p.m. EST and available for streaming the next day.

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‘The Boys’: How the Herogasm Episode Finally Freed Starlight

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Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3.

The Boys‘ most recent installment was highly anticipated for its depiction of Herogasm, but there was a lot more going on in the episode than a supe orgy. The episode served as a platform for one particular character to rise above the ashes and free herself.

Since her recruitment to The Seven, we have seen Starlight (Erin Moriarty) constantly taken aback by the manner in which Vought operates. She has always been under pressure to abide by their protocols, and becoming a victim of sexual assault at the hands of The Deep (Chace Crawford) was just the start of a long list of instances in which she would be mistreated. But this wasn’t the start of it all. She has constantly been abused and mistreated since childhood. Time and time again her mother would put her in painful situations, pushing her to engage in numerous pageants over the years and keep the image of a strong, perfect superhero. Her suffering has been prolonged for too long, and the events of Herogasm lead her to finally snap and show herself to the world. She wants the world to know the truth and has let go of the Starlight moniker to revert to the strong Annie January she has always been inside.

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Way back in Season 1, we saw vicariously through Starlight how The Seven is a truly villainous group, as opposed to the heroic ensemble the public so lovingly admires. It was a shock to the system for Starlight, but something she had to quickly come to terms with. She learned very quickly that refuting the maniacal expectations she was supposed to follow would only cause more trouble for her and the ones she loved. From this point onwards, she has had to stay quiet about the events that occur within the walls of Vought tower through fear of what may happen. The threats are not just hypothetical either; she has seen at various points how serious Homelander and the higher-ups of Vought are. Most notably, the murder of her childhood boyfriend and now close friend Supersonic at the hands of Homelander (Antony Starr). This may have been the point at which she realized the true severity of the situation she was in. Anyone and anything she loves can be just snatched away from her effortlessly.


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As a result of the manipulative operations behind the scenes of Vought, Starlight found herself not only as the co-captain of the most villainous group on the planet but also in a public relationship with Homelander, the most villainous of all. Up until Herogasm, we have seen her become almost complicit, although she has remained an acquaintance to Hughie (Jack Quaid) and The Boys throughout. Starlight has constantly strived to stay on the right side of things with Vought, whilst giving her all to not fall into the depths of their depravity.

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The events leading up to Herogasm left everyone in disarray. The Seven were falling apart from the inside, with Black Noir fleeing from Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) being unaccounted for. Meanwhile, The Boys were reeling from Butcher and Hughie’s betrayal of MM, and Frenchie and Kimiko were being held hostage by Nina. It’s the friction between The Boys that led to Starlight’s introduction to Herogasm as she became engaged in an unlikely team-up with MM. One of the episode’s funniest moments came from this team-up, as Starlight had to bluff to get MM an entry into the event, “nom, nom, nom”, but after gaining their entry things became a lot more serious.


As MM went off on his own search for vengeance, Starlight confronted Hughie. Their conversation inside what can only be described as the sex house was short-lived as Hughie used his Temp V-induced powers to teleport the couple out of the building, leaving the two naked in the street. It was here the two spoke their thoughts, and Starlight tried to talk sense into Hughie, explaining how she doesn’t need or want to be ‘saved’ by him. She tries to convince him to do the right thing, but their heated confrontation ends in the more and more familiar manner of Hughie leaving her behind to follow in the footsteps of Butcher.

Perhaps it was this lack of common ground with the one man she loves and believes in that lead her to what followed. Sticking to her true heroic beliefs, Starlight is one of the first to help after Soldier Boy’s devastating blast, and she convinces MM to help her with treating the plethora of injured supes. After doing all they can to help those who survived the explosion, we see MM asking Starlight if she’s sure before he then starts a live video on her Instagram. It’s here where she finally exposes Vought for what they truly are. She discloses how Soldier Boy is back and is responsible for the catastrophe, and then explains how Vought is hiding Queen Maeve, suggesting she may not even be alive. Starlight then denounces her hero moniker and explains how she is just Annie January.


This video is a huge turning point for Annie. All the fears she once had about being honest and revealing the heinous acts of Vought seem to have dissipated, and she finally frees herself from their clutches. We don’t yet know what the consequences may be for her, something she references in her speech, but she is no longer living a lie. With Hughie going down his own dark and dangerous path and leaving her behind, Annie must feel she no longer has anything to lose and is willing to expose the dark underbelly of Vought, even if it leads to her own demise. She has forever been one of The Seven’s members who have a deep-rooted sense of what’s good, and this heroic act encapsulates that, as she risks everything to tell people the truth.

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Homelander will likely become more unhinged than ever after being left reeling from his epic fight with Soldier Boy, Hughie, and Butcher, and the lengths he may go to are terrifying to think of. Whatever her fate may be from Herogasm, Annie January will go down as the one who stood up against the might of Vought, and she is a true hero in a world of villains.

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NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for ‘Quantum Leap,’ ‘Law & Order’ Block

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NBC has joined its big four broadcast counterparts in unveiling its premiere schedule for the fall.

The network will roll out the bulk of its primetime slate in the first two weeks of the 2022-23 season, which kicks off on Sept. 19. That night will see the debuts of The Voice and the network’s Quantum Leap sequel. There’s one big exception, however: The Friday comedy block of Lopez vs. Lopez and Young Rock won’t premiere until Nov. 4, after the game show College Bowl ends its season.

NBC will also roll out its Chicago dramas on Sept. 21 and its trio of Law & Order series the following night. Second-year drama La Brea will hold until Sept. 27 to make room for a two-hour Voice episode on Sept. 20.

The first Sunday Night telecast of the season is set for Sept. 11; NBC will also have the season’s opening game on Thursday, Sept. 8. The network has yet to set a date for the 48th season of Saturday Night Live.

As has been the case in recent years, the broadcast networks are choosing fairly compact premiere slates. ABC, CBS and Fox are also launching virtually all of their shows in late September and early October. The CW has yet to announce its premiere dates.

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NBC’s fall dates are below. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

Thursday, Sept. 8
8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT: NFL kickoff game

Friday, Sept. 9
8 p.m.: College Bowl

Sunday, Sept. 11
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT: Football Night in America
8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT: Sunday Night Football

Friday, Sept. 16
9 p.m.: Dateline

Monday, Sept. 19
8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: Quantum Leap

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Tuesday, Sept. 20
8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: New Amsterdam

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8 p.m.: Chicago Med
9 p.m.: Chicago Fire
10 p.m.: Chicago PD

Thursday, Sept. 22
8 p.m.: Law & Order
9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m.: Law & Order: Organized Crime

Saturday, Sept. 24
9 p.m.: Dateline Mystery

Tuesday, Sept. 27
9 p.m.: La Brea

Friday, Nov. 4
8 p.m.: Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 p.m.: Young Rock

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