No Paris, No Problem: E! Orders Up Kardashian Reality Series
With Paris Hilton tapped out, E! network is giving another celebutante a test drive.
The cable network, which dumped Paris's "The Simple Life" when ratings took a nose dive because her real-life antics became far more entertaining than the show's, has ordered a reality series following Paris hanger-on Kim Kardashian.
Kim -- think Paris Hilton Lite -- is another of those pretty rich girls who've learned the hard way that love does not last forever, but those sex tapes do.
Last February, she filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against a porn production house that had gotten its hands on a tape involving her and a former boyfriend/rapper.
Though E! assured us Kim is "a model and actress whose star is shining brighter than ever," her only credit listed on the well-known entertainment industry Web site Internet Movie Database is said sex tape: "Kim Kardashian Superstar," which you'll find under the "hardcore/sex" genre.
She's also known on the tabloid circuit for having an enormous heinie. Seriously. It even has a name: The Tush.
Suddenly, Paris Hilton looks like Judi Dench, doesn't she?
One of Kim's sisters, Kourtney Kardashian, has a credit, too: E!'s own "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive."
E! also assures us Kim's sisters Kourtney, who is 28, and Khloe, who is 23, are both very "hormonal." Kim, who is 26, is not listed as hormonal. Nor are her two half sisters, Kendall, age 11, and Kylie, 9. Ditto her manager-mother, Kris, whose age is not listed in the announcement, which we're sure was an oversight. Her stepfather is former Olympian Bruce Jenner, who is described as "quiet," "conservative" and "Republican." No mention whether he's hormonal.
Kim's father is the late Robert Kardashian, who was part of O.J. Simpson's legal defense Dream Team.
Ryan Seacrest is one of the executive producers of the untitled E! show, and Bunim/Murray Productions -- which did "The Simple Life" -- has been brought in to produce. Executive producer Jon Murray called the project a "truly inspired series idea."
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