E! lines up next celebrity series

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On the heels of its decision not to renew "The Simple Life," E! Entertainment Television has found its next socialite-centric comedic reality series.

The cable network has greenlighted an untitled series from Ryan Seacrest Prods. and Bunim-Murray Prods. starring 26-year-old socialite Kim Kardashian, daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, one of the attorneys who defended O.J. Simpson during his murder trial, and stepdaughter of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner.

The series also will star Kardashian's "Brady Bunch"-style family, which includes her "fiercely competitive and hormonal" sisters, Kourtney, 28, and Khloe, 23; half sisters Kendall, 11, and Kylie, 9; their "firecracker" mother, Kris, who doubles as Kim Kardashian's "stressed-out" manager; and stepdad Jenner, who is described as quiet and conservative.

The show is set to debut in the fall.

"The Kardashians are just your typical, modern-day, celebrity, estrogen-driven, say-anything, blended family, as typical as any of that really is," said Lisa Berger, E!'s executive vp programming and development. "There is much more to Kim and her family than meets the eye, and I think her hilarious home life and versatile career will appeal to our viewers."

The series was created by Eliot Goldberg and Seacrest, who will executive produce for Ryan Seacrest Prods. (E!'s "Paradise City"). Jon Murray and Jeff Jenkins will exec produce for Bunim-Murray ("Simple Life," MTV's "The Real World").

"At the heart of this series — despite the cat fights and endless sarcasm — is a family that truly loves and supports one another," Seacrest said. "The familiar dynamics of this family make them one Hollywood bunch that is sure to entertain."

Added Murray: "We're honored that E! and Ryan Seacrest chose Bunim-Murray Prods. to help fully realize the potential for this truly inspired series idea. We had a blast working with E! on 'The Simple Life,' and with Ryan's company added to the mix, it will be even more exciting."

E! last month confirmed its decision not to renew "Simple Life," starring socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

Other socialite-themed series that have aired on E! include "The Gastineau Girls," starring mother-daughter duo Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, and "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," starring the offspring of various celebrities.
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