11:18am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Gets Summer Premiere Date
On the heels of reports of a Kim Kardashian-Kanye West romance, E! took the opportunity to announce that her family’s hit series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, has a seventh season return date: 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
The expanded 18-episode season marks Kim’s return to reality after her marriage to Kris Humphries dissolved onscreen during the last season of Kourtney & Kim Take New York.
According to Friday's announcement, season seven finds Kim with a renewed closeness to her family after the collapse of her marriage and the media circus surrounding it. Sister Kourtney Kardashian and her boyfriend Scott Disick prepare for their second child and first daughter.
And while his older sisters decide on the new location for their Calabasas DASH retail store, Rob Kardashian tries to jump-start his own business career following his stint on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Meanwhile, younger sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner begin to emerge from their older sisters’ shadows.
But it isn’t all about the kids. Mom-ager Kris Jenner finds there’s some work to do at home when husband Bruce Jenner confesses that he feels taken for granted.
The series from Ryan Seacrest Productions boasts five of E!’s 10-most watched broadcasts ever. Its Season 6 finale hit a series high, averaging more than 3.5 million total viewers.
E!’s new series Mrs. Eastwood & Company premieres the same night at 10 p.m. The 10-episode first season follows Clint Eastwood's wife Dina and daughters Francesca and Morgan.
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